F1 Driver of the Day: Canadian Grand Prix


The 2013 Canadian Grand prix may have had a runaway winner, but that does not necessarily mean that it was a boring race, with plenty of action back in the pack.

Sebastian Vettel's dominant display not only added 25 points to his championship tally, extending his lead over second spot to 36 points with seven races down, but also allowed Red Bull Racing to add another venue to its list of conquests.

The German claimed pole in tricky conditions on Saturday, before bolting at the start of the race to open an immediate gap to his pursuers. Only headed, briefly, during the first round of pit-stops, Vettel cruised home nearly 15secs ahead of the field to record his third win of the year.

While Lewis Hamilton held second spot for much of the race, the 18 points eventually went the way of Fernando Alonso, who battled his way through from a disappointing sixth on the grid. Ferrari had admitted that the conditions in qualifying had not suited the F138, but a dry track on Sunday clearly played more in its favour, as Alonso dispensed not only with the Williams of surprise qualifier Valtteri Bottas, but also the altogether tougher obstacles presented by Mark Webber and Hamilton.

The Briton hung on to complete the podium, even though he could not capitalise on another front row start for Mercedes. Tyres were once again an issue for the Three Pointed Star, but Hamilton dealt with the problems better than team-mate Nico Rosberg and was able to complete the race on two stops, and was still in touch with Alonso at the flag after the pair had enjoyed some wheel-to-wheel dicing.

Webber was next across the line, claiming fourth place - and fastest lap - despite damage to his front wing sustained when he was chopped at the hairpin by the Caterham of Giedo van der Garde. The problem ultimately cost the Australian in his own battle with Alonso, and potentially prevented him from joining RBR team-mate Vettel on the podium.

Rosberg's struggles left him in fifth spot, ahead of two of the stars of the race. Jean-Eric Vergne had already notched up his best-ever F1 qualifying result on Saturday but, instead of slipping backwards in the race, produced a mature drive to net his best finish too.

With the Frenchman taking sixth spot, there was no higher that Paul di Resta could go, but the Scot had already made up ten places on his 17th grid position. The secret to his success was making his first set of tyres - Pirelli's medium compound - last for more than 50 laps before eventually making the madated switch to the supersofts for the run to the flag.

Behind di Resta, Felipe Massa also charged up the order, having hampered his race effort with another crash in qualifying. From 16th, the Brazilian bounced in an out of the top ten as his strategy unfolded - he started on the supersofts - before pulling off a penultimate pass on Kimi Raikkonen to claim eighth.

Behind the Finn, who suffered a litany of problems, the second Force India of Adrian Sutil completed a solid return in the team's 100th race, taking the final point in a race that included a spin while passing Bottas, being rear-ended by Pastor Maldonado and then having to take a penalty for allegedly ignorning blue flags...

So, is it Vettel who deserves the driver of the day honours? Or did someone else turn in a more eye-catching race?

To have your say, simply select one of of the nominations below - and don't forget to explain your decision in the comments section....

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