Canadian GP: Vettel cruises to dominant victory

Sebastian Vettel stretched his Formula 1 championship lead to 36 points with a commanding victory in the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal

Canadian GP: Vettel cruises to dominant victory

Red Bull's world champion was on a different level to his rivals throughout the race.

He converted his pole position advantage to a two-second lead over Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes by the end of lap one.

That lead built to 20s before Vettel heeded team advice to cool his pace, though along the way he still had a brush with the Turn 4 wall and a trip over the Turn 1 grass.

Vettel's victory was Red Bull's first ever in Canada, and by the end of the race he had lapped all bar the top five.

Fernando Alonso clawed 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.

Another long and close tussle ensued, and the pair spent much of lap 63 side by side before Alonso made it ahead.

Hamilton stayed within DRS range and tried to retaliate on the next lap, but the move failed and he had to settle for third ahead of Webber and Rosberg.

Jean-Eric Vergne drove a strong race to a career-best sixth for Toro Rosso, dropping away from the lead quintet while keeping the rest of the field covered.

Paul di Resta converted 17th on the grid to seventh, not making a pitstop until lap 57.

His Force India team-mate Adrian Sutil survived a spin while trying to pass Bottas, a punt from Pastor Maldonado, and a penalty for ignoring blue flags to take 10th.

The Force Indias were split by the battling Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen.

McLaren simply did not have the pace to score, as Sergio Perez and Jenson Button struggled to 11th and 12th.

Romain Grosjean also tried a one-stop but ultimately had to pit again, dropping him from potential points to 13th.

Bottas slumped to 14th, leaving Williams still without points this season.

PROVISIONAL RACE RESULTS The Canadian Grand Prix Montreal, Canada; 70 laps; 305.270km; Weather: Sunny. Classified: Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1h32m09.143
2. Fernando Alonso Ferrari + 14.408s
3. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes + 15.942s
4. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault + 25.731s
5. Nico Rosberg Mercedes + 1m09.725s
6. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap
7. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 1 lap
8. Felipe Massa Ferrari + 1 lap
9. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 1 lap
10. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes + 1 lap
11. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes + 1 lap
12. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes + 1 lap
13. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault + 1 lap
14. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault + 1 lap
15. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 2 laps
16. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault + 2 laps
17. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth + 2 laps
18. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault + 2 laps
19. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth + 3 laps
20. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari + 7 laps
Fastest lap: Webber, 1:16.182 Not classified/retirements: Driver Team On lap Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 45
Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 43 World Championship standings, round 7: Drivers: Constructors: 1. Vettel 132 1. Red Bull-Renault 201 2. Alonso 96 2. Ferrari 145 3. Raikkonen 88 3. Mercedes 134 4. Hamilton 77 4. Lotus-Renault 114 5. Webber 69 5. Force India-Mercedes 51 6. Rosberg 57 6. McLaren-Mercedes 37 7. Massa 49 7. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 20 8. Di Resta 34 8. Sauber-Ferrari 5 9. Grosjean 26 10. Button 25 11. Sutil 17 12. Vergne 13 13. Perez 12 14. Ricciardo 7 15. Hulkenberg 5 All timing unofficial
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