The view of the start

Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB18 leads at the start of the race. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 9, Canadian

Sainz leads compatriot Alonso by 4.6s, while Verstappen is flying on his fresh hard tyres. He's 1.2s behind Alonso and gaining quickly. 


Lap 12: Hamilton sweeps around the outside of Ocon to move up to fifth. He's 2.5s behind Mercedes teammate Russell, who is yet to stop. 


GREEN FLAG - We are back racing on Lap 10. 


Verstappen and Hamilton both take on a set of hard tyres. Verstappen is down in third, with Hamilton back out in sixth. Those ahead did not take the opportunity to stop. 


Lap 9: Verstappen and Hamilton both take the opportunity to pit and take advantage of having a cheap pit stop. 



Drama on Lap 8 as Perez loses power and pulls over at Turn 8. 


Lap 7: Magnussen pits with front wing damage as Russell continues to make progress up the field to move into P5. 


Tyre trouble for Sainz?

Despite getting past Alonso, Sainz is struggling to pull clear out of DRS range and is three seconds down on Verstappen. 

Sainz has just reported he is struggling with left-front graining. 


Lap 3: 

Sainz breezes past Alonso down the back straight and moves himself up to second. 

Can he now chase down Verstappen and challenge for the lead? 


Lap 2: 

Leclerc has already gained two places and is up to 17th.


Russell has had a good start and jumped Schumacher down at the chicane as he moves his Mercedes up to seventh. 


Verstappen holds the lead from Alonso on the run to Turn 1, as Hamilton locks up and runs slightly wide but manages to hold position ahead of Magnussen. 




The formation lap is underway! Not long to go now...


The whole of the top 10 is starting on the medium tyres. 

Valtteri Bottas, Sergio Perez, Lando Norris, Lance Stroll and Charles Leclerc have opted for hards. 


Late drama for Leclerc! 


The Canadian national anthem has been sung and we are just 10 minutes away from the start of the race. Excited for this one! 


Perez on the podium?

Sergio Perez starts P13 but Red Bull boss Christian Horner thinks he can finish in the top three.

Sergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 9, Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal, Canada, Practice

Will porpoising be the difference?

The big row in F1 is about the bouncing, and how the FIA plan to step in for "safety reasons".

Not all team bosses are happy about that, though.

Toto Wolff said: “This is a sport where you're trying to either keep a competitive advantage or gain it, but this situation has clearly gone too far.

“All drivers - at least one in every team - have said that they were in pain after Baku, that they had difficulty in keeping the car on track, or blurred vision. 

"And team principals trying to manipulate what is being said in order to keep the competitive advantage and trying to play political games when the FIA tries to come up with a quick solution to at least put the cars in a better position is disingenuous."

Toto Wolff (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 8, Azerbaijan Grand

Nicholas Latifi

"Here, there is always opportunity. It is a track where you can overtake. Anything can happen," he said to Sky.


Jenson Button's verdict

The Sky Sports F1 pundit said about Verstappen vs Alonso:

"I think it's probably going to be into the hairpin or the end of the back straight. Max is going to see him coming at the end of the back straight, into the hairpin, that's a Fernando move."


30 minutes until the F1 Canadian Grand Prix begins.


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