Vettel strolls to first Canadian Grand Prix win


Sebastian Vettel claimed his third win of the 2013 season with a dominant victory at the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Red Bull driver led all except three of the 70 laps as he sped away from the field in an eventful race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

The start is always one of the more nervous times of an F1 season as the circuit is known for first corner crashes however, this year there saw no such problems as Vettel led away from pole and Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes slid in behind.

Starting from third Williams' Valterri Bottas quickly lost a few places getting squeezed between Mark Webber's Red Bull and Nico Rosberg's Mercedes as he lost two positions.

No contact throughout the field as they completed the first lap, Fernando Alonso completed his move on Bottas into the chicane to move up to fifth quickly catching Webber and Rosberg ahead.

Vettel pulled out a two second lead on the first lap and that would be a sign of things to come as he pulled away from Hamilton at a rapid rate growing to seven seconds by the first stops which came around lap 15.

Bottas's slide continued as Jean-Eric Vergne moved through at turn one, Adrian Sutil tried to follow the Frenchman through but slight contact saw Sutil spin in the middle of turn three causing those behind to take to the grass.

At the first stops little change as the front runners continue, a different strategy from Rosberg staying on the red super-soft tyres would backfire however, after the stops as Webber and Alonso closing right in on the German.

Down the field Paul di Resta, who started on the white medium tyres was in the top 10 as those ahead pitted, Kimi Raikkonen was having problems for Lotus after being told he needed to save fuel very early in the race, the Finn then had a terrible stop which dropped him down to 14th.

McLaren attempted a one-stop strategy running very long on the super-soft tyres. That went on to hurt them as their pace dropped off significantly dropping them out of the points before then having to stop for the medium compound tyres around lap 30.

Webber and Alonso remained stuck behind Rosberg as the German showed good straight line speed in his Mercedes. His bid to keep the seemingly faster pair behind ultimately ended when Webber passed using DRS into the final chicane and Alonso followed through into turn 1.

In the lead Vettel's advantage kept getting bigger and bigger despite nudging the wall at turn 4 and an off between turn's 1 and 2 the triple champion had a lead of 17 seconds as the second stops approached.

Alonso's attention quickly turned to Webber following Rosberg's departure and it was helped as Webber made contact with Giedo van der Garde's Caterham at the hairpin, spinning the Dutchman round and damaging Webber front wing. Van der Garde was given a 10 second stop/ go penalty for the incident.

Despite his pace remaining strong, Webber would be overtaken by Alonso, the Spaniard using DRS into turn 1 and with Hamilton only eight seconds ahead and lapping slower, second place was becoming a strong possibility for the Ferrari man.

Final pit stops for most occurred around lap 50 with Webber first in after losing that place to Alonso. He came out around Van der Garde who had his front wing damaged following a collision with Nico Hulkenberg at the final chicane.

The Sauber was forced to retire with a puncture while Van der Garde's difficult weekend also ended early with the front wing now lodged under the car.

There were no changes up front over the final stops although Alonso did begin closing in on Hamilton as the driver's were told to push for the final stint.

Paul di Resta still had not pitted for Force India until lap 58 when he finally made the switch from the medium tyres to the super-soft, he came out in seventh place as Vergne and Rosberg make a precautionary third stop in order to keep the Scot behind.

As the race entered it's closing stages, Vettel was still in control out front but Alonso had closed in on Hamilton for second. The Spaniard, keen to reduce the damage from Vettel's win, made a good move on Hamilton entering the chicane, he fended off the Mercedes the following lap and moved clear to take that second place with Hamilton resigned to third.

Webber maintained fourth ahead of Rosberg. Vergne took his best ever result for Toro Rosso in sixth ahead of Di Resta following that brilliant stint on the mediums.

Felipe Massa had a busy afternoon passing cars after his crash in qualifying he was another stand out performer in eighth, Raikkonen's difficult afternoon ended with a ninth place finish and despite a drive through for ignoring blue flags Adrian Sutil made it two Force India's in the points in their 100th race with 10th.

Neither McLaren failed to score a point for the first time in 64 races despite winning in Montreal for the last three years.

Some sad news from the race came after a late crash involving Esteban Gutierrez, the Mexican hit the wall exiting the pits. A marshal was seriously injured as the Sauber was pulled away and later died from his injuries, the first marshal fatality in 12 years.

In the championship Vettel leads by 36 points ahead of Alonso who jumps Raikkonen into second. Hamilton is in fourth with Webber and Rosberg completing the top six.

The next round is the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on June 28-30.

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