Verstappen led most of the race, which was interrupted twice due to virtual safety cars that played a big role in the strategy.
But it was a completely safe car that played into Sainz’s hands near the end, allowing him to attack Verstappen in the final stages, but he simply could not find a way.
Results of the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix race
How the Canadian Grand Prix took place
Verstappen kept its advantage in running until turn 1, getting there ahead of Fernando Alonso (Alpine) and Sainz. Lewis Hamilton was just fourth for Mercedes after a fight with Kevin Magnussen a few moments later in turn 3, the Dane picked up some damage on his Haas front right wing.
Sainz DRS passed Alonso for second place in the 3rd round, and Verstappen is already 2.5s ahead.
George Russell’s Mercedes surpassed Magnusen in fifth place, with Magnusen receiving a black and orange flag. He fought from the sixth to the end of the 8th lap for a new front wing.
Sergio Perez’s weekend got worse when his Red Bull had a problem with the gearbox in the 8th lap and was forced to start, which caused a virtual safety vehicle. Leader Verstappen fought for hard tires, encouraging Sainz and Alonso to run first and second. Hamilton also stopped, leaving the seats to Russell and Esteban Ocon (Alpine) after returning to sixth place.
The race continued in the 10th lap with Sainz 1.5s ahead of Alonso, and Verstappen with another 4s behind. In a fresh effort, Hamilton passed Okona for fifth place.
Verstappen passed Alonso with DRS in the 15th lap for second place, but was now 5.5 seconds behind leader Sains.
Haas then lost his second car after a point when Mick Schumacher stopped in the 19th lap in the same place as Perez, causing another VSC under which Russell fell. Sainz threw into the pits just as the VSC ended, rejoining ahead of Hamilton in third place.
After defending against Hamilton, Sainz overtook Alonso in second place in the 23rd round, and Hamilton did the same tour later. Alonso fought in the 29th lap, falling to seventh place, behind Okon and Leclerc who fought.
Leclerc, who began the 19thth after the penalty for changing the engine, he started on hard tires and broke through the tail to pass the 13thth after 10 rounds.
Then he stayed behind Alfa Romeo Valteri Botas, who was trying to pass Williams Alex Albon. But when they stopped fighting, Leclerc managed to lead both of them and solidly entered the points.
Leclerc then got stuck behind Okon, where he stayed until lap 42 – and then suffered a slow stop that cost him four seats, putting him in the back of a DRS train for 12th again.
Verstappen fought for the second time in the 44th lap and came back just behind Hamilton in the third, but he only passed the lap to the DRS next to him, just before Hamilton stopped again.
Sainz led for 10 seconds with 25 laps to go. Leclerc had returned to points by then, climbing to eighth place at the moment when Yuki Cunoda put his AlphaTauri in the wall on the way out of the pits, challenging the safety car.
Sainz fought for a new set of efforts, starting again just behind Verstappen on tires that were fresher by six laps, and ahead of Hamilton, Russell, Okon, Alonso and Leclerc in a 16-lap sprint to the finish line.
Sainz remained in Verstappen’s DRS range, as Leclerc overtook Alonso by sixth place in turn 10, and then repeated the move on Okon a few laps later by fifth.
Round after round, Sainz caught Verstappen’s tail, but the current world champion kept his nerves and advantage.
Hamilton finished third, ahead of Russell, Leclerc, Ocon, Alonso, Botas, Zhou Guanju (Alfa Romeo) and Lance Stroll (Aston Martin).
The fastest laps for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix 2022
2022 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Canada pitstops
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