Canada couldn’t. Sergio Czech Pérez, who was one of the spoiled on the Canadian circuit, left the race after an engine failure. The Mexican driver has missed an important opportunity to remain in the fight for second place in the championship. At Red Bull, Max Verstappen must by decree have priority in the battle for the crown in Formula 1. “Too bad, we all went wrong this weekend. Starting at zero hurts. Reliability issues really hurt us. I stayed neutral. It’s a shame to miss this day. We had a good strategy. We had everything to fight for the podium,” said Pérez after going to the garages. Verstappen held onto the win and extended the distance against Charles Leclerc, who finished fifth.
Pérez has been recognized by the lavish guild of Formula 1 as one of the specialists in the rain. This time, in Canada, he was not so lucky. In qualifying, he was unable to tame the car and crashed into one of the guardrails. That relegated him to 13th on the grid in the resurrection of Fernando Alonso who took second with an Alpine. Leclerc, Ferrari’s main face, changed the power unit for this weekend, relegating it to 19th place. Already this Sunday, the Mexican attacked to climb positions. First he passed Alex Albon’s Williams without any problems and then Valtteri Bottas was unable to stop in time, so that the Mexican finished eleventh at that time. The one from Guadalajara hadn’t struggled in the middle of the standings so far this season.
Magnussen, from Haas, had to lose his partial sixth place to change the nose of the car and that gave the Mexican a joy as he moved up to tenth place, already in the points, hoping to fight against Daniel Ricciardo and Gyan from McLaren Zhou from Alfa Romeo. On lap nine and in the eighth corner Checo Pérez’s car no longer held up. “I’ve lost the bike! The changes are stuck,” the Mexican said amid frustration. Grief also accompanied Fernando Alonso who finished seventh. The Mexican driver will have to wait until Sunday 3 July to take revenge at Silverstone, in the United Kingdom.
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