Winners and losers from F1’s 2024 Canadian Grand Prix

Rain, safety cars, strategic gambles, performance fluctuations, plenty of mistakes and an unusually high retirement list – Formula 1's 2024 Canadian Grand Prix wasn't pretty, but it was a lot of fun.

Although there was a highly anticipated winner at the end in championship leader Max Verstappen, a few other teams had a lot to celebrate too – even if some may realize it in hindsight.

Here's our pick of today's stars and misses.

Loser: Ferrari

If you thought qualifying 11th and 12th would be the nadir of the Canadian litter of Monaco winners, you were sorely mistaken.

Painful reliability problem? Checks. Sad slick tire gamble? Checks. Too much contact? Checks. Spin points cost? Checks.

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz had a miserable Sunday that included very few bright spots.

Even Sainz's short run in the points meant he was on par with Williams and Albinos and nowhere near upsetting the top four teams.

All of this allows McLaren to reap a huge chunk of Ferrari's advantage of finishing second in the constructors' championship, and makes any faint hopes Leclerc might have of competing for the drivers' title seem like a longer shot.

No team emerges from Montreal more at a loss to do about missing performance than Ferrari, and the weekend stands out as a bafflingly bad outlier in a season that has seen so much progress. -Josh Sattel

Winner: Mercedes

George Russell drives Mercedes for the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix

George Russell held pole position and led such a large portion of the race but only finishing third would seem like a case of putting Mercedes on the 'losers' list today.

Sure…if 2014-2021 is anything to go by.

But it is not. This is a season in which Mercedes is miles away from title contention and has not even been on the podium before Canada.

In the context of the position we typically see these days, just competing for the kind of results they were struggling for in Montreal is very encouraging for Mercedes. That in itself says a lot about her life after 2021. But Mercedes' ouster is old news now. Perhaps this was the beginning of a recovery story instead — or just another false narrative. – Matt Bear

Loser: Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez is doing damage at the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix

In Canada, Sergio Perez completed the impressive feat of looking even less Like a driver who deserves two more years in the best team in the championship than he had in the previous two races.

Exit in Q1 (again). Barely above last place for most of the race after a tangle in the first corner with Pierre Gasly. In the end he came out after a solo conversion.

The contrast was stark between Perez driving his dilapidated car back to the pits and Verstappen cruising to victory. But it's not revealing because the gap between the Red Bull drivers and Perez's ability to have weekends this bad is so well established. However, it does not harm his future in the team. -MB

Winner: Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen claimed his second win in three Grands Prix and his sixth of the season in Canada – but it could have been a different story.

He outpaced Russell for most of the early part of the race and when a dry line formed he looked like he was building a pass for the lead – but a mistake in Turn 1 cost him three seconds and dropped him into the hands of Lando Norris.

However, Verstappen took the opportunity to pit for a fresh set of intermediate tires during the first safety car, taking the lead as Norris had to do another lap behind the safety car before switching tyres.

In the dry conditions, Verstappen successfully restarted the second safety car to win by 3.8 seconds and collect 25 points – but things were not as simple as they seemed for the previously dominant Red Bull driver.

The late-race battle between McLaren and Mercedes – with the latter team putting its drivers on fresh tires during the second safety car while Verstappen and McLaren stayed out – played into Verstappen's hands and helped him secure a win that rebuilds his championship lead. 56 points. – Samarth Kanal

Loser: Logan Sargeant

Logan Sargent Williams Canadian Grand Prix 2024

It seems as if at some point every week, there's a Logan Sargeant spin that deserves a nod of appreciation for how he compares to highly-rated Williams teammate Alex Albon, especially when taking into account any equipment disparity between them.

It also appears that those momentary bright spots will soon be followed by clues as to why Sargent is clearly out of this team and Formula 1, and he will likely be lucky if he completes the season before that happens. In this case, it was the mistake that got him into a runoff early in the race and ultimately out of it.

Well, the most experienced driver who looks like Sargeant's most likely replacement for 2025 – Sainz – also crashed in Montreal, And Williams took the other Alex Albon out with him on a day when Albon could have scored.

But poor races are largely the exception for Sainz while they are merely the rule for Sargeant. -MB

Winner: Alpine

The Alpine team, winners on track, picked up a crucial three points in Canada to extend its lead over Williams and Sauber in the battle for eighth place in the Constructors' Championship. Pierre Gasly finished ninth and Esteban Ocon 10th – but team orders may have caused the team a headache as they headed to Spain.

Gasly started from 15th and Ocon from 18th, although Ocon – due to a five-place penalty from Monaco – would have started from last had Sauber not elected to pit lane for its drivers.

With the safety car restarted for the second time, Ocon was ninth and Gasly 11th. Ocon passed Yuki Tsunoda and Gasly was promoted to the points when the Japanese driver spun later. That's when things got tense.

Ocon was asked to let Gasly pass so he could attack Daniel Ricciardo at the front, but the outgoing Alpine driver objected. He then relented and asked the team to exchange positions again later, but the team did not comply. The company justified its decision by saying that Ocon – who made his frustration clear on radio and media after the race – had a suspicious problem with the power unit which meant the team was more confident about Gasly's attack on Ricciardo.

So, while the Alpine team collected valuable points in Canada, it only added to the disappointment of Ocon – who was publicly reprimanded by team boss Bruno Famine after the intra-squad incident in Monaco – and further strained the already fraught relationship between its two drivers. – corona

Loser: Yuki Tsunoda

Yuki Tsunoda RB Canadian Grand Prix 2024

Tsunoda had scored three consecutive points the weekends before Canada, and this would have been his fourth.

The Team RB driver qualified eighth and was running there before the second safety car arrived, but his chase for the points quickly collapsed after that.

He nearly collected three cars when he spun with just four laps to go and dropped to 15th.

Not only did Tsunoda have the opportunity to score points, but he beat his teammate Ricciardo, who finished the race in eighth place.

Fortunately for the team sitting sixth in the Constructors' Championship heading to Spain, Ricciardo's points finish extended the lead to 19 points behind Haas. – corona

Winner: Aston Martin

After scoring just four points in the last three weekends, the sixth and seventh and the resulting 14 points, this is a welcome boost to Aston Martin's season, and it is almost impossible to argue that anything else was possible.

Aston Martin was clearly no match for the top three cars this weekend, and the team took full advantage of Ferrari's decline and Perez's horror show.

It was not going to be a hopeless gamble, but there was a sensible and well-run race from both Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll.

Alonso tried valiantly to keep Hamilton back but jumped at the first safety car to be called while Stroll showed good patience in getting past the RBs to maintain his strong record on home soil. – JS

Loser: Haas

The Haas team is no stranger to making bold decisions in changeable weather conditions: at the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix, Kevin Magnussen went from 16th to 9th after requesting a medium-to-wet pit stop during a formation lap.

With rain hitting the track ahead of the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix, Haas attempted another strategic coup by bucking the trend and fielding Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg on wet tires instead of medium tyres. This paid off as both drivers reached the top ten – with Magnussen as high as fourth – early in the race.

But with the race line drying up early, Haas' points chances also ended.

Both drivers decided to cut their losses and pit for the intermediate vehicles, falling out of the top ten and having to make up ground for the remainder of the race.

Hulkenberg finished eleventh and Magnussen twelfth. With five drivers withdrawing from the field, Haas would have been better off without its drivers running on wet roads and moving forward in that direction. – corona


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