Written by Pedro Jardim
Yesterday, Sebastian Vettel took his third Grand Prix victory of the season by winning the Canadian Grand Prix. Not only did he lead from start to finish, but he has clearly established himself as the forerunner in this year's Formula 1 Championship.
With his third Grand Prix, Vettel becomes the first pilot to achieve the mark this year, leaving behind Fernando Alonso who has two victories. Alonso surpassed Kimi Raikkonen in the overall standings of the season, reaching the second position with his second place finish in Montréal. Raikkonen fell to third place as he had a very weak race, finishing in a modest ninth.
The Montréal circuit is famed for being a course where leaders are overtaken, but Vettel had no trouble fending off any challengers. Vettel raced by himself for the majority of the race, which led to him committing some mistakes by losing focus, but he still managed to cross the finish line 15 seconds clear of Alonso, the Spaniard from Ferrari.
The race for first place surely wasn't exciting, but the battle for second position was the highlight of the race. Lewis Hamilton held the second position for 63 laps, but Alonso managed to slip past him with seven laps to go. Alonso spent the previous 10 laps chasing Hamilton before he was able to get by him. Their battle continued with the roles now in reverse, as Hamilton attempted to overtake Alonso. As the more experienced driver, Alonso managed to control his lead and cross the finish line in second place.
Another highlight of the race was the superb driving of Paul Di Resta. The young British driver started the race in 17th, but managed to finish the race in seventh, matching his career best finish when driving a Formula 1 car.
Valtteri Bottas, the Finnish racer in his first season racing a Formula 1 car, was the big story Saturday during the qualifying for the grid. Bottas surprised everyone and placed third on the starting grid for Sunday’s race. His Cinderella story however, did not pan out. Bottas ended up finishing the race in 14th, as he was not able to keep up with the rhythm of the other more experienced drivers.
Formula 1 now leaves North America for the next 5 Grand Prix races, where the competition heads south to Singapore.
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