Vettel adds to F1 points lead with Canadian GP win
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull extended his lead in the Formula One world championship point standings with a dominating performance in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.
Vettel, who started on the pole, relinquished the lead only once when he pitted during the 70-lap race at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The three-time defending F1 champion finished 14.4 seconds ahead of second-place Fernando Alonso from Ferrari.
"It's great to win today," Vettel said. "I was pushing very hard, especially at the beginning of the race. I had a moment when I hit the wall, but I didn't feel it. I was trying to get away from the field, as you don't know what will happen towards the end. It turned out that we could control things in the later stages."
Vettel claimed his third win of the season and the 29th of his F1 career. It was the first victory in the Canadian GP for Vettel and Red Bull. In this race two years ago, which featured torrential rain conditions, Vettel appeared to be on his way to victory but locked up the rear and slid wide on the final lap. He ended up finishing second to McLaren's Jenson Button.
"Having come so close two years ago, to win in the dominant fashion that we did today was a tremendous performance, despite a couple of heart-stopping moments, particularly when Seb touched the wall," team principal Christian Horner said. "He was totally commanding today and thoroughly deserved the victory."
On Saturday, Vettel claimed his third consecutive pole position for the Canadian GP after he won qualifying in rainy conditions.
"It was good to see that we were quick in all conditions this weekend and had speed in the race," he said. "We had average tire wear, which hasn't always been the case for us. So we have made a step forward there. It's nice to win here."
Vettel has now accumulated 132 points for the season, while second-place Alonso trails him by 36 points.
"I think second tastes of victory, because we scored some good points after a very difficult weekend," said Alonso, who started sixth.
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, who won this race one year ago, finished third, while Vettel's teammate, Mark Webber, took the fourth spot.
"The car felt fantastic today, and I had good grip for the low-speed corners, but we just weren't quite on the pace of Seb and Fernando," Hamilton said.
Nico Rosberg from Mercedes completed the top-five. Rosberg won the Monaco Grand Prix from the pole position two weeks ago.
Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne took the sixth spot, followed by Paul di Resta for Force India and Felipe Massa from Ferrari. Massa started 16th after he crashed during the second session in qualifying. He slid off course and slammed sideways into the barrier in turn 3, causing significant damage to his car.
Kimi Raikkonen from Lotus and Force India's Adrian Sutil finished ninth and 10th, respectively. Raikkonen, who experienced an issue with the rear jack during his pit stop, managed to score his 24th consecutive points finish, placing him in a tie with Michael Schumacher for the F1 record.
06/09 18:35:47 ET