Verstappen holds off Norris to win dramatic wet/dry Canadian GP

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won a gripping wet-dry Canadian Grand Prix that developed into a five-car battle for the lead over the final 10 laps. Verstappen expertly managed a restart after a safety-car period with 11 laps to go to bolt into a decisive lead while McLaren’s Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri fought with the Mercedes of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton behind him. Verstappen pulled out nearly two seconds in one lap and controlled the race to the end from there.

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George Russell pips Verstappen to pole ahead of Canadian GP

George Russell took Mercedes’ first pole position of the season ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen at the Canadian Grand Prix. Russell and Verstappen set identical lap times of one minute 12 seconds dead but because the Briton banked his first he will start the race from first place. Lewis Hamilton could manage only seventh in the second Mercedes as Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri locked out the second row for McLaren. Both Ferraris failed to make the top ten shootout.

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FIA reveals regulations for 2026 Formula 1 season

The FIA has revealed Formula 1’s new regulations in 2026 will see a downsizing of the current cars in an attempt to produce closer racing. Redesigned power units will possess almost 300 per cent more battery power with an even split between internal combustion and electric power, while the cars will run on 100 per cent sustainable fuel. The new, smaller machinery follow a “nimble car” concept that will see weight reduced by 30 kilograms and the width of the vehicles reduced.

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Sergio Pérez signs new two year deal at Red Bull

Sergio Perez has signed a new two-year contract to stay at Red Bull in Formula 1 until the end of 2026. The world champions have decided to stick with the Mexican, who joined the team in 2021, rather than switch him for Carlos Sainz, who is available following Lewis Hamilton’s decision to move to Ferrari from 2025. The 34 year old’s position at the team was under scrutiny but Red Bull have opted for continuity after an unsettled start to the season off track.

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Esteban Ocon to leave Alpine at end of season

Esteban Ocon will leave Alpine at the end of the current Formula 1 season after he and the team agreed not to extend their agreement beyond the conclusion of his contract. The 27-year-old has raced for the Enstone-based team since the start of the 2020 season, under its previous identity as Renault, but a clear rift between the Frenchman and team management has become apparent this season culminating in an inexcusable incident with his teammate at the Monaco GP.

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