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Max Verstappen believes the performance of his Red Bull will improve immeasurably this year if a fix can be found for a weakness of the car that is undermining the defence of his F1 drivers' title.

Verstappen emerged from the Canadian Grand Prix with a victory that was not expected going into the weekend given the RB20's issues in riding the kerbs that were magnified over the previous outing in Monaco where the three-time champion struggled.

READ MORE: Verstappen makes 'big margin' claim that will worry F1 rivals

How Piastri put himself 'in the firing line' to aid Norris

Oscar Piastri has detailed how he put himself in the "firing line" from Mercedes to aid Lando Norris's Canadian Grand Prix podium push.

After the safety car for the Carlos Sainz-Alex Albon incident, George Russell and Lewis Hamilton both pitted from third and fifth for fresh tyres, as the new leading trio of Max Verstappen, Lando Norris and Piastri stayed out. 

READ MORE: How Piastri put himself 'in the firing line' to aid Norris

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Brown fires latest Red Bull shot: 'It's a pretty toxic environment'

Red Bull's current environment has been described as "pretty toxic" by McLaren CEO Zak Brown, who believes the outfit's recent troubles are not over just yet.

Despite leading both championships, Red Bull has endured a challenging start to 2024 both on the circuit and away from it. 

READ MORE: Brown fires latest Red Bull shot: 'It's a pretty toxic environment'

Alonso 'amazed' at F1 rivals on 'two-metre wide' track

Fernando Alonso has expressed his amazement at the lack of incidents after a changeable and weather-affected Canadian Grand Prix.

The race started in wet conditions, with the only contact of note on the opening lap coming at Turn 2 between Pierre Gasly and Sergio Perez, breaking Perez's front-wing. 

READ MORE: Alonso 'amazed' at F1 rivals on 'two-metre wide' track

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Russell rues mistakes but Mercedes upgrades 'paying dividends'

George Russell has stated the updates introduced by Mercedes in recent rounds are already "paying dividends" after the team had its best weekend of the season in Montreal.

The British driver secured pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix, setting an identical lap time to eventual race winner Max Verstappen, who lined up in second.

READ MORE: Russell rues mistakes but Mercedes upgrades 'paying dividends'

Vasseur understands Leclerc 'frustration' as extent of Ferrari engine woes revealed

Ferrari team principal Frederic Vasseur has revealed the extent to which Charles Leclerc's power unit was affected during the Canadian Grand Prix.

The 56-year-old also said he would have been concerned if his driver was not "frustrated" by the issues, going as far as conceding he can "perfectly understand" a lack of motivation in such scenarios.

READ MORE: Vasseur understands Leclerc 'frustration' as extent of Ferrari engine woes revealed

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