Vettel wins – “Car was fantastic”
We were blessed with another great race day, this time in Montreal. Rainy conditions made practice and qualifying tricky, but sun sun and more sun made the race day one to remember. Sebastian Vettel finally takes a win in Canada with a truly unopposed race. He lead from start to finish and quickly lapped most of the field, proving the Red Bull has tire management in the bag. He gave us all a scare on an early lap where he clipped the wall of champions. Red Bull #2 man, Mark Webber, settles once again for a spot off the podium with a 4th place finish. Webber had a great start, but fumbled midway after an unaware Giedo van der Garde turned into his wing, clipping a chunk off.
In expected fashion, Valtteri Bottas drops place after place following the start. The Williams car looked great in the rain yesterday, but it was immediately obvious his skill as a driver paved the way for qualifying. Ferrari fan’s rejoiced in Montreal as Fernando Alonso took the 2nd place spot on the podium. Alonso battled his way from sixth through both Mercedes‘, Bottas, and Webber to finish just behind Seb. During his last few laps Alonso passed the 3rd place finisher, Lewis Hamilton, and made slight contact with his front wing. Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg (finished 5th) both encountered more tire wear and chassis, but had great races against Webber and Alonso.
Almost more impressive than Vettel’s pace was the job done by the next few drivers. Out of nowhere, Toro Rosso’s Jean Eric-Vergne finished 6th with relatively low-key, uncompromising race. That’s a major showing from STR, but let’s not count out an amazing drive from Paul di Resta for Force India. di Resta made his way from 17th to 7th on a two stop strategy which highlighted his and the car’s great pace. Finally, Felipe Massa “stayed cool” and raced well from last in Q2 to the 8th spot. Force India teammate Adrian Sutil was not as lucky – he did a 360 spin soon after starting and was bumped hard by Pastor Maldonado early on.
We take a three week break and then meet up at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix. Will Kimi get it together? Is McLaren doing anything in Woking? We’ll see come June 30th. Stay tuned!