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MONTREAL (AP) — Max Verstappen Winning Canada Grand Prix Sunday marks the third consecutive year that the Red Bull star celebrates his 60th birthday Formula 1 Championship and sixth place in nine races this season.

The 25-year-old Dutch driver started in the rain and finished second alongside pole-sitter George Russell, before taking control early once the sun came out and dominating once again at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Notre-Dame Île in the St. Lawrence River.

Verstappen finished 3.879 seconds ahead of McLaren's Lando Norris in the 70-lap race around the 2.71-mile (4.36-kilometer) track.

Red Bull Racing's Dutch driver Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the Canadian Grand Prix Formula One race in Montreal, Sunday, June 9, 2024.

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Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen of the Netherlands celebrates victory during the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, Sunday, June 9, 2024.

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Mercedes took the next two spots, with Russell third and seven-time Montreal champion Lewis Hamilton fourth. McLaren's Oscar Piastri was fifth, with Aston Martin's Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll third and fourth, the latter being the only Canadian driver in the race.

Last year in Montreal, Verstappen started from pole position and led every lap. He has won the last three world championships.

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Verstappen matched Russell's lap time in qualifying on Saturday and started from second place in the Sunday runoff, while Russell took pole position by starting first.

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