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Max Verstappen became the ninth most successful Formula 1 driver by outright wins last weekend, taking his 26th career victory at the Canadian Grand Prix.

It was the sixth consecutive victory for Red Bull, which is their second longest streak of all time. They need three more to equal their personal best and five more to equal the 34-year-old record held by McLaren.

Verstappen also clinched pole position – the 15th of his career but, remarkably, only his second this season. The only other driver with 15 poles is his championship rival Charles Leclerc.

The Red Bull driver was denied a hat-trick of victory, pole and fastest lap by Carlos Sainz Jnr, who claimed the bonus point. It is only the second time that Sainz has set the fastest lap in the race – he had already done so in the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix.

Sainz finished second for the fifth time in his career. The only driver to take more second places without winning a race is Nick Heidfeld, who has done so eight times.

Verstappen extends Red Bull’s winning streak

It was also Sainz’s fifth podium this year, giving him one more than teammate Leclerc. Sainz also had the most podium finishes of the pair last season.

Lewis Hamilton returned to the podium for the first time since the season opener in Bahrain. However, it has been an unusually uncompetitive race for him lately in Mercedes’ W13.

He has now gone 10 straight races without a win, which is the longest such race of his career. He had 10 consecutive races without a win on three occasions.

After making his debut in early 2007, it took Hamilton just six races to claim his first win, that year at the Canadian Grand Prix. But his first championship victory in 2008 was followed by a long period without a win.

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In circumstances similar to those it finds itself in today, the McLaren team in Hamilton failed to master a new set of regulations on its first attempt, and it languished on the pace in the early 2009 races. Hamilton finally took the win with the upgraded MP4-24. in Hungary after 10 starts without a win.

Lewis Hamilton, Jarno Trulli, Albert Park, Melbourne, 2009
Hamilton couldn’t defend his first title in an uncompetitive MP4-24

Two more long spells without a win followed his spell with Mercedes at the end of 2012. He won once in his first season with the team, again in Hungary, on either side of which he contested 10 races. in a row without another victory.

Hamilton’s current winless streak began after his victory at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix last year, followed by his controversial loss a week later in Abu Dhabi. He has yet to lead a lap this year, although George Russell led the field for four laps in the other Mercedes at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Russell trailed his teammate home in fourth place, continuing his streak of finishing every race in the top five. Picking up on two themes from last week’s stats and facts, Russell is now just 15 points behind Leclerc, who lost 95 points to Verstappen in six races.

However Leclerc managed an impressive recovery effort from 19th on the grid, climbing 14 places to finish fifth.

Fernando Alonso, Alpine, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2022
Alonso put his experience to good use

For the second time this year, Fernando Alonso was penalized after the checkered flag. His demotion to ninth place promoted Zhou Guanyu, who had already achieved the best result of his career so far, to eighth place.

Alonso’s Saturday was better: he clinched his first front-row finish since taking pole position in the 2012 German Grand Prix for Ferrari. At 40 years and 325 days, that makes him the oldest driver to start a race since Michael Schumacher at the Chinese Grand Prix that year (43 years and 103 days).

He wasn’t the only one to have had a better Saturday than Sunday. Haas matched his best two-car qualifying performances, fifth and sixth, which he had previously achieved with Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen at the 2018 Australian and German Grands Prix. Mick Schumacher’s sixth place was his position the highest starting point of his career.

Unfortunately, neither he nor Magnussen could score any points on Sunday. The team that left the season opener in third place in the standings now languishes in ninth place, having failed to score in any of the last five rounds.

Schumacher has now started 30 runs without scoring a point. Only five drivers have had longer careers without points: Toranosuke Takagi, Brett Lunger, Max Chilton, Charles Pic and record holder Luca Badoer, who failed to score in his 51 starts.

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