From the outside it looked as though Sebastian Vettel
had the Canadian GP in his pocket within seconds of the lights going out. But the reigning world champion insisted that was far from the reality of the afternoon from where he was sitting in the cockpit of the car.
By the end of lap 2, Sebastian Vettel
had two seconds in hand over his nearest rival on track, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton. You'd have thought he could back off and take it easy from there, but instead he kept pushing and at one point early in the race he gave one of the outside walls a close encounter with his right hand tyres that send a shiver of concern through his team on pit lane.
"Obviously I was pushing very hard at the beginning to get away and open a gap," he explained. "It's Canada, you obviously go close to the walls here or there, sometimes a little bit closer than I wanted but fortunately I didn't brush the walls.
"I'm really just trying to just open as much of a gap as I can," he said. I felt I had more pace in the beginning of the race, it's difficult to foresee what's happening later on, when you swap tyres, also in terms of range – how far we were going to get on each set of tyres.
"We weren't sure if it was a one-stop or a two-stop," Vettel added. "So all these things you don't know so it's good to have a little bit of time on your hands, which was the reason why I pushed very hard in the beginning."
Later in the race there was another scare when he straight-lined turn 1, but Vettel said that was a calculated move compared with the alternative actions he could have taken.
"I was a little bit too late into the first corner, lost the rear on the way in," he explained. "I could have stayed on the track but I wasn't sure. It was quite tight, obviously you have the right hander following immediately and I didn't want to risk a spin so I decided to cut and make sure.
"I think I could have saved or caught the car, but I didn't want to risk a spin," he said. "So I decided, should I stay or should I go - then I decided to cut the corner, slowed down.
"I lost four or five seconds in that corner compared to normal, so I think it was fine," he said. "It just seemed to be the safer option to avoid the spin and carry on that way. I was just a little bit too fast. That's what happens. Fortunately there was no wall so I was lucky.