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Canada analysis - Vettel renders rivals powerless 10 Jun 2013

Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing flanked by two Canadian Mounties.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race Day, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 9 June 2013 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 takes the chequered flag.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race Day, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 9 June 2013 Podium and results:
1st Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing, centre.
2nd Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari, left.
3rd Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1, right.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race Day, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 9 June 2013 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F138 waves to the crowd at the end of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race Day, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 9 June 2013 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04 makes a pit stop.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race Day, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 9 June 2013 Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race Day, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 9 June 2013 Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India VJM06 is hit by Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams FW35.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race Day, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 9 June 2013 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 on the drivers parade.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race Day, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 9 June 2013 Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28 and Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Sauber C32.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race Day, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 9 June 2013 Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW35.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race Day, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 9 June 2013 Max Chilton (GBR) Marussia F1 Team MR02.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race Day, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 9 June 2013 Giedo van der Garde (NDL) Caterham CT03 leads team mate Charles Pic (FRA) Caterham CT03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race Day, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 9 June 2013 Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Sauber C32 and Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8 battle.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race Day, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 9 June 2013

The only things that were ever going to stand between Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and victory in Montreal on Sunday were traffic - he lapped everyone up to sixth place - and Vettel himself: his race wasn’t free of driver error, but his huge advantage made his minor mistakes irrelevant. Fernando Alonso conceded Ferrari had no answer to the world champion, describing his second place as a 'victory' - one which lifted him into second place above Kimi Raikkonen in the driver standings as Lotus fell off the pace. We take a team-by-team look at Sunday's contest around the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve...

Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel, P1
Mark Webber, P4

Vettel was in a class of his own all afternoon, and was able to brush a wall on the 10th lap and then run off the road in the first corner on the 52nd without breaking his stride or looking for a moment like he might lose. It was a crushing success. Webber would have been in the running for the podium had Van der Garde not turned in on him when being lapped at the hairpin, damaging the RB9’s left front wing endplate. He had to be satisfied with fourth.

Ferrari
Fernando Alonso, P2
Felipe Massa, P8

Alonso was held up initially by Rosberg and then Webber, but once he’d taken advantage of the Red Bull driver’s front wing damage he started flying after Hamilton and finally squeezed past on the 63rd lap. After Monaco, he said that finishing behind only Vettel tasted like a victory. Massa ran an aggressive strategy with two sets of supersofts, but later felt that a set of them plus two sets of mediums would have helped him to a higher finishing position than eighth. But it was a good day for Ferrari overall.

Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton, P3
Nico Rosberg, P5

Hamilton bounced back as his old self - at least as far as the driving was concerned - and was in the running for second place until seven laps from the end. He allowed that changes to his F1 W04’s brake set-up had helped a little here, but said that he was still losing out to Alonso under braking. But third was a good finishing position on a track where tyre degradation was less of an issue. Rosberg, meanwhile, couldn’t hold a candle to him this time and complained of the sort of brake problems Hamilton has in previous races, and suffered greater tyre degradation than his team mate en route to a distant fifth. Overall, Mercedes overtook Lotus for third in the constructors’ stakes.

Toro Rosso
Jean-Eric Vergne, P6
Daniel Ricciardo, P15

Vergne drove a superb race and was always in the hunt for good points - on merit. His sixth place was well won and owed nothing to anyone faster dropping out, and was Toro Rosso’s best result since Vettel won in Italy back in 2008. Ricciardo looked good initially, but dropped back with oversteer and tyre degradation issues.

Force India
Paul di Resta, P7
Adrian Sutil, P10

Di Resta started on medium Pirellis and ran at competitive speed on them for a whopping 56 laps. That brought him from 17th to seventh, and he maintained that place after switching to the supersofts. It was a great race for the Scot. Sutil should have been eighth, surviving a spin while fighting with Bottas for sixth early on, then attack from Maldonado which damaged his rear wing, but then he was given a drive-through penalty for blocking Hamilton in his fight with Alonso, and dropped back to 10th.

Lotus
Kimi Raikkonen, P9
Romain Grosjean, P13

Lotus had a bad weekend, and fell from third to fourth in the constructors’ championship standings. Raikkonen was looking dangerous on a one-stop race but had problems with a soft brake pedal and then with a delay with the right rear wheel in his pit stop on the 22nd lap, and said later that he was unable to fight anyone around him. Grosjean started at the back on mediums and ran until the 53rd lap, but his supersofts soon degraded and obliged him to stop again for more mediums, which dropped him from eighth to 13th.

McLaren
Sergio Perez, P11
Jenson Button, P12

McLaren had a horrible weekend in which the MP4-28, which didn’t suit the track, lacked grip and ran poorly on the supersofts. Perez finished three seconds ahead of Button, after running a two-stop strategy to the Englishman’s one. Button stuck to a prescribed lap time, but later said his mediums stood up better than expected and that he could have run longer and faster on them.

Williams
Valtterri Bottas, P14
Pastor Maldonado, P16

Williams’ race soon turned into disappointment as Bottas’s FW35 lacked the pace to stay anywhere close to its third-place grid position. He had to be content with 14th, while Maldonado was 16th after serving a drive-through penalty for his collision early in the race with Sutil.

Marussia
Jules Bianchi, P17
Max Chilton, P19

Marussia blitzed Caterham this weekend, with Bianchi finishing well ahead of Pic and Chilton taking the final running position.

Caterham
Charles Pic, P18
Giedo van der Garde, Retired lap 44, contact with Hulkenberg

Caterham had a tough day and were blown off by Marussia. Pic was 18th, but Van der Garde got involved with Webber in the hairpin and spun, and later collided with Hulkenberg and lost his front wing. He failed to finish and was later given a ten-place grid penalty for Silverstone for the latter incident.

Sauber
Esteban Gutierrez, P20
Nico Hulkenberg, Retired lap 46, contact with Van der Garde

Sauber were another team to have a horrible race in Canada. Hulkenberg was up with Sutil on the opening lap but lost places when he had to miss Turn 13, and was later involved in a collision with Van der Garde which punctured his left rear tyre and prevented him from finishing. Soon afterwards Gutierrez crashed on his own exiting the pits, so neither car made the finish.

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