Checo Perez tried but could not get on the podium of the Canadian GP, despite having a great race that led him to finish in the position, far behind his teammate Max Verstappen who got the 100th victory for Red Bull by dominating the race from start to finish, as well as finishing second and completing the podium.
After starting in the twelfth position, Checo Perez started well in the Canadian GP, overtaking Carlos Sainz and getting behind Charles LeClerc. Still, unfortunately, he could not keep moving forward or keep behind the Spanish Ferrari driver, who, in the very first lap, regained his position to send the Mexican back to twelfth place.
Russell crashes, and Checo Perez takes advantage to move up to the sixth position.
After Logan Sargeant had problems with his Williams on lap 8 of 70, four laps later, British driver George Russell crashed into the barrier and provoked the entry of the safety car in the first yellow flag of the Canadian GP, which almost all drivers took advantage of to change tires but not Checo Perez, who placed sixth behind the Ferraris of Monegasque Charles LeClerc and Sainz.
In the lead, Max Verstappen gradually increased his advantage over Fernando Alonso’s Aston Martin and Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes. Checo Perez was also moving away from LeClerc and Sainz and was chased by Esteban Ocon.
This is how Verstappen won and how the Mexican Checo Perez closed the Canadian GP.
And yes, so it was: Max Verstappen had no one to overshadow him, as neither Alonso nor Hamilton could even get close to the Dutch two-time world champion, although the tires did not respond to Checo Perez, preventing him from closing the gap with the Ferraris and having to settle for finishing in the points, but outside the podium of the Canadian GP.
The Mexican driver’s attempts were good, but Red Bull’s strategy was not so good, as they decided to take a gamble with a single pit stop on the last lap, which forced Checo Perez to manage his tires as best as possible until the end, losing distance lap by lap to LeClerc and Sainz and thinking better about his next participation in the Austrian GP, from June 30 to July 2… No way!