Verstappen third in Montreal for second podium of the season

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing duo follow each other home in third and fourth.

Max Verstappen both started and finished third at the Canadian GP to land his second podium in three races.

In a largely uneventful race in Montreal, the Dutchman crossed the line in front of teammate Daniel Ricciardo who overtook Kimi Räikkönen and Lewis Hamilton at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to jump up two places from sixth.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel lead the race from start to finish for a comfortable victory in front of Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes.

Vettel, who was declared the winner a lap early after the chequered flag was waved prematurely, now leads the overall standing by one point from Hamilton.

Pierre Gasly made up five places from 16th to finish 11th but Scuderia Toro Rosso teammate Brendon Hartley suffered an early exit after a heavy incident with Lance Stroll left both drivers out of the race on the first lap and the safety car deployed.
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Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

Position: 3rd
“I think we did a really good job today, the car has been performing very well and we made the most of it. In Q3 we were just lacking a little top speed but we were close and I’m happy. We have no issues, the pace was decent and we are not too far behind. The whole weekend I felt very good on the hypersofts which makes me more comfortable to attack the corners and this is always a good combination. The little engine upgrade probably pushed us a bit closer which is always nice to have. This track feels a little like a go-kart track and hitting all the kerbs is good fun. We have been fast all weekend and in the race we are usually faster than in Qualifying. We are starting on a different tyre which will make things interesting in the race but we will see, because many things can happen and if the safety car comes out that can change everything. We can definitely overtake on this track so that will give us many possibilities.”

Position: 6th

“I think my weekend has lacked a little bit of rhythm and we’ve been one step behind due to some of the issues on Friday. In Qualifying, we actually made really good progress and I feel like we should be better than sixth with the way we performed. It’s all very close; disappointing to be at the tail end of that top pack but actually I don’t think we could have done more. Even though Max was quickest in each practice session, I think we still knew getting pole here would be tricky and for that reason we thought it would be better to start tomorrow on the hypersoft. We knew we would probably have a couple of cars to pass and it gives us a chance off the start and on the first lap with a bit more grip, afterwards we will have to manage them. This strategy sets us up to be aggressive and attack. The first few laps will dictate a lot of the race but I think we still have a chance of a podium and it should hopefully make some good TV as well.”

Scuderia Toro Rosso

Race: Pos. 11th

“Overall, I think it was a really good race for me. We managed to make up many positions after starting from the back row, but it’s always tough when you finish so close to the points! I was pretty close to Charles a couple of times, then I damaged my front tyres so in the end it became difficult to pass. The new power unit seems to work well… we overtook multiple cars on the straight, so it looks promising for the upcoming races. Honda worked very hard to bring the upgrade to Canada and they did a fantastic job! Now we need to put everything together and find some consistency, because the next race is my home Grand Prix in Le Castellet – I’m really excited to go racing there!”

Race: Retired

“I’m really disappointed for Toro Rosso and Honda, because we’ve been quite strong all weekend with a good update from the power unit. I think we definitely had the pace to challenge for points today. I had a good start, similar to the drivers around me, but I got left a bit on the outside of Turn 2 which lost me a position. I got a good run on Lance out of Turn 4 on the outside, but he lost the car which put us both into the wall. It’s very disappointing as there was room to make the overtake, and I was looking forward to a strong race. It’s a frustrating way to end the Canadian Grand Prix as I’ve been really happy with my performance all weekend. I was delayed getting back to the circuit because I was flown to the hospital for precautionary checks. However, I’m definitely fit, healthy, and ready for the next race.”

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