Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel became the first driver to win three times in 2013 with victory in the Canadian Grand Prix to extend his lead in the drivers’ championship.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso limited his losses in Vettel, finishing second after starting sixth on the grid, while Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton took his third podium of the season in third.
Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne scored his best ever finish in sixth while Force India’s Paul di Resta and Ferrari’s Felipe Massa produced an impressive recovery drives from the rear of the grid to finish in the points – but who was your Driver of the Day at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve?
Dominated the race from start to finish to increase his championship lead to 36 points. Made a great start from pole to comfortably lead into the first corner. Gradually built up a lead through the early phase of the race and then maintained that gap. Made a rare mistake at Turn One, which saw him lose four seconds as he bounced across the grass after outbraking himself, but escaped without damage. Crossed the line to take his and Red Bull’s first win in Canada and the 29th of his career.
Some impressive overtaking moves allowed him to rise from sixth to second. Made up for his disappointing qualifying with a strong start and an early pass on Valtteri Bottas to run fifth. Nipped past Nico Rosberg who had lost momentum having been passed by Mark Webber to move up to fourth. Passed Webber, after some consistent pressure, with a Kers and DRS aided move around the outside at Turn One before setting off in pursuit of Hamilton. Caught his man with seven laps to go and passed him down the pit straight to take second and limit his losses to championship leader Vettel.
Ran second for most of the race before losing a place to Alonso late on. Made a good start to maintain position and although he could not keep up with leader Vettel, he managed to build a gap over team-mate Rosberg in third. Was still second after the final stops, but came under pressure from Alonso. Defended well for several laps but was eventually passed by the Spaniard on the pit straight. Crossed the line third for his third podium of the season and sixth top five finish in seven races.
Ran competitively in sixth for most of the race to secure career-best finish. Started seventh and moved up a place with a pass on Bottas. Comfortably ran sixth from then on, showing good pace on both tyre compounds and building a gap to those behind to protect his position. Sent a strong message out to senior team Red Bull having scored junior team Toro Rosso’s best result since Vettel’s fourth place in 2008.
Paul di Resta
Bounced back from a dreadful qualifying to finish seventh. Started 17th after getting knocked in Q1 for the second successive race but made up a couple of places at the start. Showed impressive pace despite running a one-stop strategy which saw him do 56 laps on the same set of medium compound tyres. Finished seventh to seal his sixth points finish in seven races this year.
Pulled off several overtaking moves to salvage points. Started 16th after a crash in qualifying, but showed that the Ferrari had good race pace with a string of overtaking moves early in the race. Progress was hampered when he started suffering from tyre graining and then lost time stuck behind Adrian Sutil, who aggressively defended his position. Nevertheless, it was a strong drive to make up eight places and score points.
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