F1 2024 Canadian GP: Driver of the Day

The Driver of the Day award is voted by the fans as they choose the best driver on track in Montreal.

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Five retirements, a four-second margin of victory, three different leaders, two rainstorms, the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix had everything short of a partridge in a pear tree but Lando Norris took the Driver of the Day prize and his place on the podium.

It was an afternoon packed with more action than entire months in the 2023 season, with George Russell controlling the early stages before he was overtaken by two drivers in as many corners, ceding the lead to Norris.

But McLaren pitted Norris a lap too late after Logan Sargeant caused the first of a brace of safety cars – which dropped him behind Max Verstappen and the flying Dutchman didn’t put a foot wrong from there.

Despite both McLaren and Mercedes showing better race pace than Verstappen at times during the remaining 40 laps, they cost each other too much time squabbling over the podium places.

Norris waited a few laps longer than Verstappen to change from intermediate to medium tyres after the second shower and exited the pits in the lead, but was immediately repassed and the Red Bull nailed the second safety car restart to ensure just his second win since April.

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Lando Norris after winning the 2024 Miami GP | McLaren F1 Team
Lando Norris, McLaren F1 Team, 1st position, celebrates his maiden win in Parc Ferme

Norris received 24% of the public’s vote for Driver of the Day, but couldn’t make it back-to-back victories in North America as the safety car fortune favoured Verstappen this time around.

Norris benefitted from the timing of the safety car at the Miami GP to take his maiden victory but in Montreal it was Red Bull who were given the advantage of an extra few seconds’ warning to pit Verstappen immediately, and he only relinquished the net lead once for a matter of moments.

“It was chaos. It was eventful. To be honest, I felt like I drove a good race the whole time from start to finish,” Norris said afterwards. “The first two stints were very strong, I had amazing pace. But then the Safety Car had me over, just like it helped me in Miami, it’s now had me back over.

“Honestly, I thought it was a pretty perfect race from my side. Just a bit unlucky, that’s what it is but it was good fun. These conditions are so stressful inside the car, but very enjoyable at the same time.

“The first stint I was in the lead by what, 10-12 seconds, pulling away probably 2-3 seconds a lap. Things are going beautifully and of course it’s Montreal, so there’s always something that’s got to come into play.

“But it was good. Fair play to Max. He drove a good race, no mistakes. It was good fun. I’m happy with second. Good points for the team, so a good weekend for us.”

“We’re close. It’s nice to be so close once again and on the podium, so we’ll keep fighting.”

Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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