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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL38, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB20
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Formula 1 Canadian GP
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Bad luck or misjudgement: did Norris and McLaren throw away Canadian GP victory?

Max Verstappen was victorious in a wet and wild Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix, but a collection of misfortune and misjudgement for Lando Norris and McLaren gave Red Bull the opportunity to first strike and then hold on for victory. Here’s how a dramatic Montreal contest played out and the critical factors which decided the outcome

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“We should have won the race today and we didn't,” Lando Norris opined when he eventually turned up to the post-Canadian Grand Prix press conference, perhaps having lost track of time in the TV pen prior. Before the Briton’s arrival, race winner Max Verstappen had suggested that he was now “1-1” with Norris in terms of safety car misfortune, referencing the Miami race he’d lost to the McLaren driver through the timing of the pace car.

It seemed, at the time at least, that karmic retribution apportioned by the cosmos had rewarded Verstappen and punished Norris. Logan Sargeant’s Turn 5 crash on the 25th lap had proved to be terminal for the under-pressure American and, once it was clear he couldn’t get going again, the first of two safety cars had poked its bumper out of the pitlane. Norris, having picked up the lead following his quick-fire overtakes on Verstappen and polesitter George Russell, came through the start/finish straight. The Red Bull and the Mercedes that he had built a near-10 second gap over did not; they pitted for fresh intermediates immediately.

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