Verstappen Clinches Red Bull's 100th Victory, Equals Senna's Record in Dominant Canadian Grand Prix Win

In the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen delivered a dominant performance, leading from lights to flag to secure Red Bull Racing's 100th victory. This win was Verstappen's sixth from eight races in the 2023 season, further extending his championship lead. The Dutchman made history by equalling Ayrton Senna's record of 41 career wins​!

Lights Out 

Fernando Alonso of Aston Martin and Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes completed the podium, finishing second and third respectively. On the opening lap, Hamilton unleashed his racing prowess, swooping past Alonso, but the two veteran drivers traded places multiple times during the race, with Alonso eventually reclaiming his original position when the race strategies and pitlane fireworks unfolded​. 

Track Tactics

Just behind them, Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez engaged in a nail-biting battle, resulting in Sainz narrowly surviving an encounter with the curb. Drama escalated when Logan Sargeant abruptly halted on the track. The action intensified as George Russell’s car met the barrier, leaving his front wing in tatters. Finally, Nyck DeVries and Kevin Magnussen settled their scores, inadvertently causing retirement and a yellow flag frenzy. Russell endured a brutal onslaught of overtakes before calling it quits.

Chequered Flag

Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz finished fourth and fifth respectively. They were among the few who decided to stay out during the Safety Car period, a strategy that paid off as they secured strong finishes​. For once, it was a Ferrari strategy that worked! The top five was followed by Red Bull's Sergio Perez in sixth, who also claimed the fastest lap bonus point. Williams' Alexander Albon took seventh, capitalizing on his top 10 starting spot, but not without having to fend off a train of cars in the closing stages of the race, including Alpine's Esteban Ocon, McLaren's Lando Norris, Valtteri Bottas of Alfa Romeo, and Lance Stroll of Aston Martin. That was later deemed "unsportsmanlike", resulting in Norris losing his points post-race due to a five-second penalty.

Meanwhile, Nico Hulkenberg had a disappointing afternoon finishing a lackluster 15th, behind the lead AlphaTauri of Yuki Tsunoda​​. All in all, a thrilling Grand Prix of Canada has set up fans and teams for an exciting race over at Austria - home of Red Bull Racing - in two weeks time.