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Canadian Grand Prix: A summary

Crash.net's Dan Connor reflects on some of the issues at last weekend's Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.
Vettel sweeps aside demons of 2011

Sebastian Vettel is the kind of man who can dominate practice, gain pole position, lead from lights to flag whilst lapping every car in the field on his way, yet still be disappointed with not claiming the fastest lap of the race.

He wants every possible accolade and statistic in his favour by the time he reaches the end of his already glittering career. Sunday saw Vettel cast out a shadow that had been looming in his mind for twenty four months, victory at the Canadian Grand Prix.

It was that incident, in his most dominant season to date that saw him crumble under the pressure of the hounding Jenson Button, as the German put a tyre off the dry line to send him spinning. Vettel's face that day was a picture. Not of mourning or sorrow, but a vengeful one. It was a look of determination that he will one day put it right, and now he has.

Vettel has still somehow not quite grasped the love of the F1 world. Yet he continues to succeed in every possible area, including at the Canadian Grand Prix last weekend, where he laid a personal demon to rest.

Ferrari must improve qualifying performance

The Canadian Grand Prix was a perfect illustration of why Ferrari must seriously improve their performances in qualifying. Alonso had good race pace on Sunday and as ever demonstrated the intuition to get himself from an average, to a brilliant position in 70 laps.

The Spaniard claimed Saturday night that he could still challenge for victory on Sunday. Not a ridiculous statement considering the man behind the wheel, but imagine how close he could have come had he had started second or third.

Too often are Ferrari finding themselves without anything better than fifth or sixth to offer in qualifying, and it's making all the difference.

Hamilton, Bottas, Rosberg and Webber all stood in the way of Alonso having a clear shot at Vettel, his main championship rival, and even for Alonso's skills that was too much traffic to clear before Vettel inevitably escaped into the distance.

Ferrari must aim for better in qualifying. The Mercedes are, with the exception of Monaco, doing the perfect job of spoiling the party on Saturday and ultimately Sunday afternoons. It will be crucial. It will lose them yet another title if they do not address it.

Lewis is a winner, but must see bigger picture



by Dan Connor



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07.06.2013- Free Practice 1,  Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
07.06.2013- Free Practice 1,  Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9

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