"Obviously there was traffic again with a backmarker, so I let him by to really make sure I rejoined the track in a safe way, which cost a lot of time. But yeah, I was just a bit too late in the first corner heating the brakes."
Despite such scares along the way, Vettel insisted that he had been "enjoying every kilometre of the race" on Sunday.
"This race was nothing to complain about: the car felt great, the pit stops worked smoothly and it is a real pleasure to see that you have more speed than all the others," he said. "The win and the trophy, that was deserved after such a perfect performance."
It's Vettel and Red Bull Racing's first win in Canada. He'd come close to winning in 2011 only to be thwarted by a late charge from Jenson Button, leading many to wonder if Vettel would ever win in Montreal or whether this was some sort of 'bogey circuit' forever destined to be out of his reach.
"I wouldn't call it a hex," said Vettel when asked whether he'd thought the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was jinxed for him and team. "We had great races here in the past - it just wasn't enough for the win. Today it was. I am very happy because it's a great race.
"I haven't been desperate to win here and tick it off the list," he insisted. "If I am happy then it's because we've delivered a great race in front of a fantastic audience - and even the sun came out today, something that wasn't to be expected after the last few days!"
Weather may well be a factor in the next Grand Prix which is in Britain at Silverstone, known for being as inclement as the weather can get even on a nominally midsummer day.
"I am very much looking forward to it," said Vettel. "It is something of a home Grand Prix, as Milton Keynes is just a stone's throw away and the guys in the factory have the chance to see their 'product' live."
But he wasn't predicting a repeat of the dominant form he'd displayed in Canada: "Silverstone is a totally different proposition: the track layout is completely different, the tarmac is different and the tyres that we will use are different, so nothing to compare with here."
Which may at least give his rivals some grounds for hoping that the battle for the 2013 world championship is far from over just yet.