Max Verstappen enjoyed a textbook getaway as the five lights went out at the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix to maintain his lead from pole position on Lap 1 of 70.

    Verstappen’s old sparring partner Lewis Hamilton also had a fine start from P3 on the grid to pass the Aston Martin of Fernando Alonso into Turn 1 and claim P2.

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    Further back, Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez enjoyed a duel throughout Lap 1, darting this way and that before Sainz definitively claimed the advantage into the final chicane – only for Haas’s Kevin Magnussen to get a scare as he came upon the squabbling pair, forcing the Dane into the run-off.

    Enjoy the race start in the video above.