Vettel seals first Canadian F1 Grand Prix

Vettel seals first Canadian F1 Grand Prix

Vettel seals first Canadian F1 Grand Prix

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel won his first Canadian Grand Prix at Montreal with a comfortable 14.408 seconds lead over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton completing the podium 1.534 seconds behind former McLaren teammate Alonso. With the victory, Vettel extended his lead at the top of the drivers’ standing to 36 points over Alonso.

The German, looking for his fourth consecutive world title, had started from pole position and lapped all cars bar the top five as he cruised to a remarkable victory. His team mate, Mark Webber, however, had to settle for fourth position, with Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg coming fifth.

Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen finished 9th equaling legendary Michael Schumacher’s record of 24 consecutive points finishes and Force India’s Paul Di Resta produced a remarkable one pit-stop finish to finish 7th, having started from 17th position. Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne finished a career best 6th position, with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa coming 8th and Force India’s Adrian Sutil completing the points table in 10th.

Midway through the race, Rosberg, Alonso and Weber had produced an eye-catching fight for third position, before the latter two sped past the German in DRS zones. The action, though, would come near the end of the 70-lap race, when Alonso cut a 10-second deficit to go past Hamilton in the 63th lap, with the Briton complaining to his team for not being allowed to race. The duo produced a scintillating fight for second till the end.

Vettel now has 132 points ahead of Alonso’s 96, Raikkonen’s 88, Hamilton’s 77 and Weber’s 69. In the constructors’ standings, Red Bull are ahead with 201 points, Ferrari 145, Mercedes 134, Lotus 114 and Force India at 51 points.

The sad news in the race came after a circuit worker died as he was run over by a recovery vehicle while assisting in the retrieval of Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez’s car. The marshal tripped and fell into the path of the crane that was taking the crashed vehicle to the pits. It’s the first death in Formula One since 2001 when another marshal was fatally injured at the Australian Grand Prix.

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