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Carlos Sainz executed his best performance of the season in the streets of Montreal, taking second place after an admirable late charge and overall performance against Max Verstappen. 

Sainz was able to make quick work of Fernando Alonso at the start of the race, putting him in contention for the race victory. Ferrari elected to keep the Spaniard out on track for an extended stint on the mediums, making a switch to the hards late in the race. 

His pace was strong after his first stop, and with Verstappen forced to box for a second time after suffering from tyre degradation, it looked as though Sainz would be tasked with holding off Max Verstappen for the rest of the race.


A late safety car changed this dynamic, with Ferrari calling Sainz to the pits and relinquishing the race lead, which meant he faced the challenge of overtaking Verstappen on similar tyres. 

Carlos Sainz reflected on his afternoon post-race:

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"It's mixed feelings. P1 was very close today, and I was certainly, for the first time this year, the fastest man on track and pushing to the absolute limit to try and put some pressure on Max and maybe force him into a mistake.

We were two, three-tenths quicker the whole race, but those two, three-tenths are not enough to pass around here; you need a bit more pace delta to try and pass.


It was close a couple of times. It's a shame, but at the same time, I will take the positive and know that today the pace was there, and I was feeling at home and was able to push Max to the limit.

I was quicker in the race and managed well my tyres. Even without that Safety Car [when he pitted for fresh tyres], I think I could have hung it out for the race win, with Max coming from behind, so that gives me hope."

Whilst a maiden race win eludes him, Sainz can take confidence from his race pace in Montreal, which posed a legitimate threat to Verstappen for perhaps the first time this season.