MONTREAL, June 9th, 2013 (F1Plus / R. Baillie) – The uncontested win for Vettel did not mean that other things did not bring excitement.
Sebastian Vettel finally takes the win in Canada
Canada has been a tough challenge for Red Bull in previous years, with Sebastian Vettel very narrowly missing out on the win a couple of years ago when Jenson Button forced him into a mistake during the dying minutes of the race.
Vettel was dominant from lights out the checkered flag in Canada and finished 14.4 seconds ahead of second place man Fernando Alonso.
Vettel’s win means that, rather impressively, Red Bull has won at every single race on the calendar apart from the US Grand Prix.
Fernando Alonso’s feisty performance
Alonso’s performance in Monaco a couple of weeks ago looked like gentle Sunday afternoon drive, he just didn’t seem in the zone or competitive as he usually is.
There was no doubt about Alonso finishing on the podium today as he got off the line well and passed Bottas at the end of the first lap. He then drove a fantastic race and finished in second place.
34 Consecutive points finishes for Kimi Raikkonen
The Canadian Grand Prix saw Kimi Raikkonen equal Michael Schumacher’s record of 34 consecutive points finishes. Raikkonen’s consistency is really helping Lotus in their Constructors Championship bid, which will no doubt make them fight hard to retain him for the 2014 season. Perhaps Raikkonen should be renamed Mr Consistent rather than The Iceman?
Lewis Hamilton finds his pace
After struggling for race pace, Lewis Hamilton finally seemed to have found his pace in Canada and finished in third place after Fernando Alonso stole second place from him on lap 62.
Paul di Resta manages his tyres perfectly
If you’d been told two weeks ago that Paul di Resta would manage 57 laps on a set of tyres you’d never have believed it.
Not only did he manage his tyres perfectly but he still managed to finish in 7th place after pulling out a big enough gap to slot in a free pit stop.
A bad day out in Canada for Giedo van der Garde
Since Heikki Kovalainen returned to Caterham as a reserve driver many have speculated that Giedo van der Garde’s driver was under threat. If that is true, then his performance in Canada certainly won’t have helped the Frenchman.
On lap 37 he made contact with Mark Webber in the hairpin despite the fact that the pair weren’t on the same lap and therefore shouldn’t have been battling for position. As a result van der Garde was handed out a 10 second stop go penalty.
Giedo’s second incident of the day saw him come together with Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg. The incident resulted in van der Garde’s front wing coming loose and getting trapped behind his front right tyre, which ended his race.
Grosjean’s quiet day out in Montreal
Following the Monaco Grand Prix Romain Grosjean was heavily criticised for making a rookie error, he began the race in 22nd place after being handed a 10-place grid penalty by the Monaco stewards.
During the opening laps of the race he seemed to be struggling to get through the backmarkers and managed to make his way up into the points where he spent the majority of the race. Towards the end of the race he seemed to drop back and finished in 13th place, though he did have a clean race and wasn’t involved in any incidents.
McLaren’s woes Continue
The Woking based team is yet to get on top of their woes and struggled throughout the race, which ultimately saw both of their cars finish outside of the points. Unfortunately for McLaren they fell further behind Force India in the Constructors Championship and are still 6th place in the Constructors Championship.
Valtteri Bottas went backwards
The young Finn started the race in third place and unfortunately and predictably lost a couple of places during the first lap and dropped back a few places until he seemed to settle in 7th place holding up traffic. After pitting on lap 15 he rejoined in 13th place and spent the rest of his race in the midfield.
Fans booing Sebastian Vettel
When Eddie Jordan began interviewing Sebastian Vettel he was met with a resounding booing noise, which he laughed off.
It’s understandable that fans might be disappointed that their favourite driver didn’t win but respect that the driver who won was the best driver on the day. Your favourite driver manages to respect that, so you should too.
What happened to Esteban Gutierrez?
A handful of laps before the end of the race we saw the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez against the barriers coming out of turn one but didn’t see what actually happened, though we could take an educated guess based on the skid marks.