Sebastian Vettel of Infiniti Red Bull Racing wins 2013 Canadian Grand Prix

Article by Anita Panait, on June 10, 2013

Reigning Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull ran supreme in the 2013 Canadian Grand Prix, allowing him to extend his lead in the race for overall championship. Vettel finished the race after 1 hour, 32 minutes and 9.143 seconds. He was barely challenged during the entire race, grabbing the lead for most of the laps.

Vettel was almost perfect, if not for the early phase of the race when he ran wide and brushed the circuit perimeter wall. Towards the end of the race, Vettel also veered off the circuit, causing him to lose some time. That, however, did not matter as Vettel’s lead was so huge that he still finished 14.408 seconds ahead of Fernando Alonso of Ferrari, who started the race at sixth.

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes was third, just 15.942 seconds behind Vettel and less than two seconds behind Alonso. Hamilton was poised to take second place but his worn-out tires had him closely overtaken by Alonso in the closing lap. Hamilton looked to employ DRS system to take back the lost place, but eventually had to settle for third place.

Red Bull driver Mark Webber battled a damaged front wing to settle for fourth place. Completing the top five is Monaco Grand Prix winner Nico Rosberg, against whom Webber had a battle early on. Vettel’s win in Canada allowed him to take a 36-point lead over Alonso in the title race. Kimi Raikkonen is at third overall.

Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations: "We are delighted to see Red Bull score its first win in Canada, and to do so in such style. Seb made it look easy out there, and pulled out a comfortable lead. This in turn gave us certain advantages as we were able to manage engine performance more efficiently, which could be useful for future races. Montreal is one of those circuits that shows whether the chassis-engine package is working well, so this bodes positively for the rest of the season. Mark was unlucky to miss out on a podium but all the same, scoring the first win for the team is great news, plus it’s the first win for a Renault-powered car in Montreal since 2006." [source: Infiniti]

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