Maiden win for Vettel in Canada
SPECIAL VICTORY: Triple World champion Sebastian Vettel will be smiling for days after winning his first Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal on Sunday, June 9. Image: AFP
MONTREAL, Canada - Sebastian Vettel claimed the 29th victory of his record-breaking career on Sunday when he triumphed for Red Bull at the Canadian Grand Prix for the first time to boost his lead in this year's drivers World championship.
Starting from his third consecutive pole position at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the defending triple World champion came home in unchallenged fashion at the end of a serene showing of dominant driving from the front.
It was the 25-year-old German's third win this season and he delivered it in a time of 1h32mins.
He finished a luxurious 14.408 seconds clear of second-placed Fernando Alonso of Ferrari who fought from sixth on the grid to finish on the podium.
"Yes, we've won Canada, the car was amazing," Vettel said over the team radio.
A clearly delighted Vettel added, after brief boos from Ferrari fans during the podium interviews: "It wasn't that bad - not for us anyway... The sun came out as well so it doesn't get any better.
"We had good races here before but it didn't come together to win, then I lost it in the last lap in 2011 which was my fault but I made up for that today."
Lewis Hamilton was third for Mercedes after racing at the front and leading for three laps. It was his third podium finish for 2013 in seven races with his new team.
Australian Mark Webber came fourth in the second Red Bull ahead of Monaco winner Nico Rosberg in the second Mercedes, Jean-Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso - who came home a best-ever sixth - and Briton Paul Di Resta of Force India.
Felipe Massa finished eighth in the second Ferrari, after starting from 16th on the grid, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus and Adrian Sutil in the second Force India.
Raikkonen's result meant he equalled German legend seven-time champion Michael Schumacher's record of 24 consecutive points finishes.
LEADING THE POINTS
Vettel's win lifted him to 132 points at the top of this year's championship. Alonso is second on 96 and Raikkonen third with 88. Hamilton has 77 in fourth.
While Vettel and Red Bull celebrated there was disappointment for Williams.
The British outfit had high hopes of picking up their first points of the season from Valterri Bottas who had qualified in third but were out of luck again when the Finnish rookie trailed in 17th.
McLaren's long run of 64 races in the points came to an end with Mexican Sergio Perez finishing 11th ahead of team-mate Jenson Button.
When the lights went out, Vettel made a perfect clean start. He was clearly relishing the changed conditions after poor weather in qualifying and built up his ultimately race-winning lead in the opening laps.
Behind the leaders, there was plenty of action with Sutil spinning and recovering before being hit by Pastor Maldonado's Williams.
CONTACT ON TRACK
And on lap 36 Webber suffered a setback when Giedo Van Der Garde, in his Caterham, closed 'the door' on him at the hairpin and they collided, Webber losing a section of front wing. The Dutchman was promptly given a stop-and-go penalty.
The battle for second meanwhile was tight, with Alonso, desperate not to give Vettel any gifts in the championship, finally passing Hamilton at the second attempt --following a thrilling failed effort at the hairpin - on lap 63, making best use of the second DRS zone.
Hamilton fought back and the pair touched on the following lap when the Englishman made his move, but Alonso, who had started sixth, secured and defended second in familar fashion.
2013 Canadian Grand Prix: Results
1 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 1hour32:09.143
2 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari +00:14.408
3 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 00:15.942
4 Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull 00:25.731
5 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 01:09.725
6 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 1 lap
7 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 1 lap
8 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1 lap
9 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus 1 lap
10 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India 1 lap
11 Sergio Perez (Mexico) McLaren 1 lap
12 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1 lap
13 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 1 lap
14 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 1 lap
15 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso 2 laps
16 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 2 laps
17 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia 2 laps
18 Charles Pic (France) Caterham 3 laps
19 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia 3 laps
20 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber 7 laps
Retired Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Sauber 24 laps
Retired Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Caterham 26 laps
Fastest Lap: Mark Webber,1:16.182, lap 69.
Driver and constructor standings after the Canadian GP
1 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull
2 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 96
Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus 88
4 Lewis Hamilton
(Britain) Mercedes 77
5 Mark Webber (Australia) Red
6 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes
7 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 49
Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 34
9 Romain Grosjean
(France) Lotus 26
10 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren
11 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India 17
12 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 13
Perez (Mexico) McLaren 12
14 Daniel Ricciardo
(Australia) Toro Rosso 7
15 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Sauber
16 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber 0
17 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 0
Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 0
19 Jules Bianchi (France)
20 Charles Pic (France) Caterham
21 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia 0
Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Caterham 0
1 RedBull - Renault 201
3 Mercedes 134
4 Lotus - Renault
5 Force India - Mercedes 51
7 Toro Rosso - Ferrari 20
8 Sauber -
9 Williams - Renault 0
10 Marussia -
11 Caterham - Renault 0
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