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Monday, June 10, 2013


Sebastian Vettel has taken his 29th career victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Canada, and the first at the circuit for Red Bull Racing. Vettel used a two-stop strategy to win the race and extend his championship lead to 36 points.

Following wet conditions in qualifying, the race was entirely dry today. Even though they had a free choice of slick tyres with which to start the race, the top 10 all chose to begin on the supersoft. The softest tyre in Pirelli’s Formula One range proved to be up to a second faster than the medium with a rapid warm-up time, making it a key element of Vettel’s sprint strategy. German got a good start from pole position and was able to establish a lead of two seconds on the opening lap before disappearing in to the distance.

Having gathered very little experience of running on the slick compounds up to the race due to the wet weather, the teams had to adopt a flexible approach to their strategy today, with little information on relevant wear and degradation rates. As expected, both wear and degradation rates remained low.

Fernando Alonso managed his way from sixth on the grid to second for Ferrari. In the first half of the race he joined a battle for third with Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber, having passed qualifying hero Valtteri Bottas early on. The Williams had dropped from third to fifth behind the Mercedes and Red Bull off the line. Rosberg could not keep his tyres alive as well as those pressuring him.

After some very close calls, Webber got ahead on lap 30, with Alonso following on the next straight. Webber then seemed able to keep Alonso at bay until Giedo van der Garde turned in on him while being lapped, taking a chunk from the Red Bull's front wing. Unsurprisingly its pace slowed and Alonso overtook Webber then set off after second-placed Hamilton.

Briton came home third, losing out to Alonso in the final stint after being held up behind Adrian Sutil and ending the race 1.5s behind the Ferrari.
The Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal.
70 laps, 305.270km., Weather: Sunny.

 P.     DRIVER               TEAM             TIME     
 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull         1h32m09.143
 2.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari          +    14.408
 3.  Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes AMG     +    15.942
 4.  Mark Webber           Red Bull         +    25.731
 5.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes AMG     +  1:09.725
 6.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso       +     1 lap
 7.  Paul di Resta         Force India      +     1 lap
 8.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari          +     1 lap
 9.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus            +     1 lap
10.  Adrian Sutil          Force India      +     1 lap
11.  Sergio Perez          McLaren          +     1 lap
12.  Jenson Button         McLaren          +     1 lap
13.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus            +     1 lap
14.  Valtteri Bottas       Williams         +     1 lap
15.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso       +    2 laps
16.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams         +    2 laps
17.  Jules Bianchi         Marussia         +    2 laps
18.  Charles Pic           Caterham         +    2 laps
19.  Max Chilton           Marussia         +    3 laps
20.  Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber           +    7 laps

Fastest Lap: Mark Webber - 1:16.182                    

Not classified:
DRIVER                TEAM         ON LAP              
Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber         45
Giedo van der Garde   Caterham       43

After 7 races:                
Drivers:                  Constructors:                
 1. S.Vettel       132    1. Red Bull         201
 2. F.Alonso        96    2. Ferrari          145
 3. K.Raikkonen     88    3. Mercedes AMG     134
 4. L.Hamilton      77    4. Lotus            114
 5. M.Webber        69    5. Force India       51
 6. N.Rosberg       57    6. McLaren           37
 7. F.Massa         49    7. Toro Rosso        20
 8. P.Di Resta      34    8. Sauber             5
 9. R.Grosjean      26       
10. J.Button        25       
11. A.Sutil         17       
12. J.Vergne        13       
13. S.Perez         12       
14. D.Ricciardo      7       
15. N.Hulkenberg     5