Vettel’s Canadian GP victory was a much awaited accomplishment as he has never won here before. Ferrari’s Feranndo Alonso and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton placed second and third respectively. Although the race weekend was off to a rainy start, which caused the qualifying to be somewhat of a challenge, Vettel stormed past the rest of the racers and was able to secure the best spot on the grid. An impressive performance by Valtteri Bottas of the William’s team put him at third place on the grid after qualifying. He was in the top four in all parts of the qualifying and showed excellent knack and control to deliver this career-defining performance. However, Bottas was not able to keep this up on Race day as he was pushed to fifth position at the start of the race.
Sebastian Vettel’s pole position at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve also indicate that the 26 year-old could be well on his way to equal or even surpass Michael Schumacher’s record of seven World Championships. Surprisingly, securing second place was more of a tussle with former world champions Alonso and Hamilton battling it out to come in after Vettel. The race saw Alonso win second place and Hamilton came in after him. Nico Rosberg the other Mercedes racer finished 5th behind Red Bull’s Mark Webber.
Kimi Raikkonen who has been racing consistently didn’t do too well in the Canadian GP. In the fifth lap itself he dropped to tenth position. After a delay in the pits on lap 23 the Finn slipped to 14th position. Webber made an early pit stop in Lap 14 which slightly altered the day’s running. It pushed Alonso t fourth position and Webber was able to make it out of the pits comfortable ahead of Bottas which kept him in fifth place while Bottas slid back to sixth. Two laps later and the race leader , Vettel and Alonso both make a pit stop for a change of tyres. Meanwhile Force India’s Paul Di Resta who was racing on a one-stop strategy was eighth as of lap 17 after having started 17th on the grid.
The race became interesting from Lap 28 to 30, where the focus was on Alosno, Webber and Nico Rosberg. With Alonso on Webber’s tail, and Webber dangerously close to Rosberg , the pressure on Nico Rosberg must have been immense. In Lap 29 Webber tries to overtake Rosberg while Alonso plays it safe to take advantage of any opening that might arise. Finally in lap 30 Webber makes a quick surge past Rosberg and Alonso sees an opportunity to over take him on the start-finish stretch which leaves Rosberg in fifth position. By Lap 32 it is evident that Vettel will have a comfortable victory and enable the Red Bull team to cross of one more victory on their list. He maintains a 17.6 second lead over Hamilton. He pits in Lap 50 only to emerge with comfortable lead with 20 laps remaining.
Vettel’s maiden win at the Montreal Circuit has given him a good lead where the championship points are concerned. He leads with 132 points, followed by Alonso who has 96 points and Raikkonen with 88. If you are looking for some exclusive F1 caps, F1 jackets and F1 jerseys shop for Force India jackets and caps and jerseys on our online store. www.sports365.in can meet all your sports and fitness requirements, shop with us and avail amazing offers!
Well into the F1 season, Vettel was able to make his maiden Canadian GP win. The race results with Alonso second and Hamilton third have given the 26-year-old Vettel a good lead in the championship points.