Canadian F1 GP 2013 Wallpapers – The overriding feeling following Sunday’s race that we had just witnessed the most resounding victory of the season so far is certainly confirmed by the statistics, with Sebastian Vettel’s winning margin of 14.4 seconds four seconds larger than any other victorious advantage in 2013.
In fact it was the largest distance between the first and second-placed driver since last October’s Japanese GP which, needless to say, was also won by the reigning World Champion.
The German’s exclamation on his slow-down lap that “the car was absolutely amazing” certainly seemed to reflect his own enjoyment of his 70-lap masterclass, two small scares aside. Indeed, it was the first time this season that Vettel had been fully able push the limits of the RB9 without any concerns about shredding its tyres.
He certainly wasted no time in stamping his mark on the race away pole with, even by his own renowned fast-starting standards, his two-second advantage over Lewis Hamilton by the end of the opening lap was deeply impressive. Immediately lapping between four and six tenths a lap faster than the Mercedes, he increased his lead to 3.2s by lap three, 4.2s by lap five and 6.5s by lap 11. By the time of his lap-16 pitstop, Hamilton was seven seconds behind, and with the Briton running a slightly longer first stint on the supersofts, the gap had stretched to 11 seconds in the Red Bull’s favour by the time things had settled back down on lap 20.
Although soon encountering cars to lap into his second stint, Vettel was a model of fast-charging consistency. Lapping initially in the low 1:19s and then mid 1:18s, 11 of his 12 tours between laps 26 and 37 were within three tenths of each other, and with Hamilton invariably still in the 1:19s at the same stage, Vettel now had an effective earned himself a ‘free’ pitstop. Indeed, once his second and final lap-49 stop was completed with the minimum of fuss, it was a case of him just managing the car and gap to the finish and the Red Bull pitwall trying to come up with increasingly compelling ways to prevent him from going all out for the race’s fastest lap!
One fascinating detail divulged in the smallprint of Sunday’s lapcharts is the clear evidence that Fernando Alonso had as much pace as Sebastian Vettel during the second-half of the race. In fact, the Ferrari was significantly faster than the Red Bull after both cars reached the half-way stage of the race.
Whereas Vettel only lapped in the 1:16s for nine of his final 35 laps, Alonso, running a near-identical strategy, did so 16 times. Particularly in the latter stages, the Spaniard was a model of consistency, his inexorable pace advantage only interrupted on lap 62 when he lost three seconds jousting with Lewis Hamilton and then again on lap 64 when a slight mistake triggered a 1:17.9 and almost allowed the Mercedes to reclaim second.
But otherwise, Alonso was very, very quick, finishing the race 14.4 seconds behind Vettel having fallen back 26.6 seconds at the halfway stage.
The Force India driver is so convinced he was a victim of injustice in Montreal that he intends to meet with FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting at Silverstone to discuss the reasons why he was handed a drive-through penalty on lap 61. The answer should not be long in coming: according to the FIA’s own race briefing, Sutil ignored blue flags from Turn 3 to Turn 13.
To quote, as Whiting might well do, Article 20.6 of the Sporting Regulations, ‘As soon as a car is caught by another car which is about to lap it during the race the driver must allow the faster driver past at the first available opportunity. If the driver who has been caught does not allow the faster driver past, waved blue flags will be shown to indicate that he must allow the following driver to overtake.’
Probably the most remarkable thing about this year’s Canadian GP – and further evidence as to why Force India have been desperate for Pirelli to resist calls to overhaul their tyres – was Paul Di Resta’s 56-lap first stint which completely turned the Scot’s weekend around after another nightmare Q1 had left him 17th on the grid.
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