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GP Week : Issue 184
T raditionally, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve plays host to one of the most exciting races on the Formula One calendar. The Wall of Champions claims its victims, the changeable weather shakes up the action on track, and safety Cars are (almost) a given. But the 2013 Canadian Grand Prix was rather less exciting than its predecessors, delivering fans with a lights-to-flag victory for Sebastian Vettel that was fortunately livened up by some exciting battles further down the grid. Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso were behind some tense moments in the closing stages of the grand prix, as the former team-mates battled for P2 while delivering a master class in respectful wheel-to-wheel racing. Kimi Raikkonen battled his way back up into the points after a botched pit stop obliterated the Finn’s chances of a podium, while Paul di Resta made the most of an aggressive tyre strategy to finish ahead of teammate Adrian Sutil despite starting from 17th on the grid. It was a faultless performance from race winner Vettel, who finally conquered one of the few tracks at which victory has eluded him. The Red Bull racer and defending world champion didn’t put a foot wrong all afternoon, pulling out a two second lead over the course of the first lap and extending it with every subsequent tour of the circuit. There were a few tense moments on the Red Bull pit wall as Seb pushed his car to the very limits of the circuit, skimming walls as he danced across the kerbs, but by and large it was shades of 2011 all over again – dominant is the only word for it. Hamilton managed to hold second place behind the Red Bull for 90 percent of the afternoon, but the Mercedes driver was unable to hold off a charging Alonso in the closing stages of the race, eventually losing the spot on lap 63 as the Ferrari driver – who had been reeling the Briton in for the preceding ten laps – made it past following a series of near misses at the hairpin and along the main straight. Yet again, it was the tyres that proved to be the Mercedes’ Achilles heel – while Hamilton was able to lap competitively most of the afternoon, at the end of the day he lacked the grip necessary to push the duel with Alonso to the limit of both man and machine. Hamilton’s case was hindered, not helped, by a petulant performance from Adrian Sutil in which the Force India driver deliberately ignored waved blue flags when being lapped by the battling Alonso and Hamilton. Sutil was given a drive-through penalty for his efforts, which were widely perceived as being ‘retribution’ for the bad blood that has existed between the pair since the 2011 Chinese Grand Prix. It was a disappointing afternoon for Sutil, who – in addition to his penalty – was outshone by his team-mate despite having started five rows further up the grid. Force India elected to put Paul di Resta on the medium compound tyre at the race start – a strategy mimicked by both Marussia drivers and Lotus’ Romain Grosjean – with a view to using a long first stint to gain track position. In di Resta’s case, it worked like a charm. The Scotsman made his one and only pit stop on lap 56, by which point he had enough of a gap to Sutil behind that he was able to change tyres without losing track position. Over the course of 70 laps of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, di Resta made light work of his tyre preser vation, picking off the opposition one by one before taking the chequered flag in seventh place. Sutil secured the last of the points. Special mention should be made of Raikkonen’s impressive recovery following his troublesome first pit stop. The Finn lost valuable time as his team struggled with the right rear tyre, and emerged from the pits in P14, a loss of eight places. It took Kimi the best part of twenty laps to return to the points, where he was able to climb to ninth place before the chequered flag called time on the Canadian Grand Prix. 27 GPWEEK.com // 27 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> CANADA