Dominant Sebastian Vettel celebrates his 'great' victory of the Canadian GP
World Champion extends title lead over Alonso and Raikkonen
By Pete Gill. Last Updated: 09/06/13 10:47pm
There was just one word of appropriate choice for Sebastian Vettel after Sunday's Canadian GP as he celebrated a victory that was as great for his prospects of a fourth successive title as it was resounding.
According to the reigning World Champion, his masterclass of frontrunning was delivered in a "a great race" courtesy of a "a great car", and the feeling as he finally broke Red Bull's Canadian 'hoodoo' was, yes, you guessed it, "great".
And no wonder. From start to finish, Vettel was in an exclusive class of his own, romping clear of the field to finish 15 seconds ahead of Fernando Alonso whilst lapping every other car up to the fifth-placed Nico Rosberg.
"I had a good start which was important and then I was able to go with the car. Obviously on the supersoft we saw the tyres were falling apart, but I think we were as good as anyone else and I was able to build a gap and then keep that gap throughout the race," said the Red Bull driver on the podium.
"At some stages we had a full pit-stop in hand and that makes it easier to control the gaps and control the race. It was a great race and a perfect job from the team, with perfect stops even though we had time in hand.
"It was an important race for us to win and finally get it off the list."
Vettel's victory leaves the one-year-old Austin GP as the only race on the calendar yet to be won by Red Bull.
"We had had good races before - two years ago we came very close but I lost it on the last lap and that was my mistake - but I made up for that today," Vettel added.
"It is a great feeling and the car was great today and I was able to pull away from the rest of the field which was important to then control the race although it was difficult at times with the traffic."
Following his Montreal triumph, Vettel leads the World Championship by 36 points from Fernando Alonso, while Red Bull are 56 points ahead of nearest pursuers Ferrari in the Constructors' Championship.
Such was the extent of Vettel's superiority over the field during the race that by the halfway stage he had already lapped Kimi Raikkonen, his closest pursuer in the standings until Alonso's late surge saw him pass both Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton to take second place.