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F1’s nearly man gets close once again but Max holds on

Pierre Gasly, Sergio Perez and now Max Verstappen. Carlos Sainz has finished as runner-up to those three drivers by 1.2 seconds or less in his career. And, with 11 podiums, he has now matched the late, great Chris Amon in terms of top-three finishes in the world championship without a win, with only Nick Heidfeld and Stefan Johansson ‘ahead’.

Surely it won’t be long before the Spaniard breaks his duck and most would be happy to see him do it. As Alex Kalinauckas points out on page 11, Sainz seems to have made a breakthrough with the Ferrari F1-75, so hopefully he can join the battle at the front more often.

There were other reasons for Formula 1 neutrals to be happy after the first grand prix in Montreal since 2019. For the second race in a row, Ferrari was genuinely competitive at a ‘Red Bull track’ (p12) and the Italian squad could have won any of the past four races. Mercedes making progress, and 40-year-old Fernando Alonso qualifying on the front row for the first time in a decade, were also feel-good elements.

On the down side, unless you are a Red Bull/Verstappen fan, the team in blue has now won six races on the trot. The championship fight might be all but over, but at least Ferrari has shown it should be able to make a race of it at most venues for the rest of the campaign.

The Canadian GP seemed like a good time to revisit the country’s greatest driver, so we speak to Leclerc about his recent run in a Ferrari 312T4 (p36) and pick out Gilles Villeneuve’s greatest drives (p40).

Kevin Turner Chief Editor


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COVER IMAGES Andy Hone/Motorsport Images

PIT & PADDOCK 4 Row over F1 porpoising intervention 6 Turkington forced into back-up BMW 8 Porsche wheels out big guns for Spa 24 11 Opinion: Alex Kalinauckas

RACE CENTRE 12 Canadian GP report and analysis 28 World of Sport: DTM; GT World Challenge Europe; Formula Regional European; ETCR; Australian Supercars; Super Formula; MotoGP

INSIGHT 36 Leclerc drives an F1 legend’s Ferrari 40 Gilles Villeneuve’s greatest F1 races 46 10 things to watch at Goodwood FoS

CLUB AUTOSPORT 59 New McLaren to appear at Goodwood 60 Strong grid for first Gerry Marshall race 62 750MC reveals MK Cup 200 concept 64 Doune British Hillclimb action 65 National reports: Brands Hatch; Donington Park; Pembrey; Silverstone; Anglesey; Snetterton 74 Autosport goes endurance racing

FINISHING STRAIGHT 78 What’s on this week 80 From the archive: 2002 Austrian GP 82 My favourite team-mate: Mikko Hirvonen

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