Sometimes the world 'emphatic' or 'dominating' simply isn't strong enough. Sebastian Vettel's hold on the Canadian Grand Prix
began just seconds after he leapt away from pole position, and continued blissfully uninterrupted for the next two hours until the chequered flag welcomed him home.
For Vettel, it would have been a welcome sight indeed - because he must have been a very lonely multiple world champion as he circulated in a world of his own, lapping all but the top five cars on his war to one of the most sweeping victories in the team's history.
Everyone's spirits had been lifted on lifted by the sight of blue skies, bone dry track and significantly warmer temperatures after two days of unceasing chilly, wet gloom in Montreal. Although the possibility of showers was still in the air, everyone was hoping that the day was set fair as far as Grand Prix action was concerned.
Sebastian Vettel led the field to the line at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
with Lewis Hamilton
alongside him, and as the lights went out the reigning world champion shot off through the first corner leaving Hamilton trailing in his week. Behind them both, Valtteri Bottas was cannon fodder as he was squeezed out by Nico Rosberg
and Mark Webber
through the first corner, and then rapidly dismissed by the superior power of Fernando Alonso's Ferrari
a few corners later.
As Vettel pulled out a two second lead in as many laps, Bottas stabilised his position in sixth place ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne and Adrian Sutil. Vergne was soon past as well, but the Force India
was squeezed out by the the Williams
and ended up spinning at turn 3 after getting punted from behind by Bottas' team mate Pastor Maldonado. That scattered the cars behind them as they managed to avoid any collisions, and won Maldonado his latest drive-thru penalty for causing a collision. The incident seemed to buy Bottas some time to collect himself, and he started to pull away from Daniel Ricciardo in eighth place..
The Toro Rosso
was still ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, who was complaining to the pit wall of a brake problem with his car and struggling to keep tenth place from a hard-charging Felipe Massa
bearing down on him. Also having problems was Paul di Resta whose DRS had temporarily malfunctioned, while his team mate Sutil was early to pit lane with some rear wing damage from his earlier spin. Even Sebastian Vettel
was not immune as he gave the outside wall at the exit of turn 3 worryingly firm whack on lap 9 as he continued to push hard to extend his now-five second lead.
Lap 12 saw a large number of cars coming in for their first round of pit stops and the chance to ditch the supersoft tyres that the overwhelming majority of the cars had started on. Vettel and Alonso were comfortable staying out until the end of lap 16 allowing Lewis Hamilton
to briefly take the lead before he came in on lap 19 which allowed him to resume on the track 9 seconds behind Vettel but crucially still in second place ahead of his team mate Nico Rosberg
and Red Bull
Racing's Mark Webber, with Alonso back out in fifth place ahead of Raikkonen who was the fastest car yet to pit but paying for it by being almost two seconds off the pace of the cars in front while also burning through his fuel faster than expected.
Raikkonen finally opted to pit on lap 23 but to add to all his other woes the rear jack slipped out and cost him time in the pits - it was clearly not going to be the Finn's day unless something sensational upset the flow of the race. Nor was there going to be a miracle for McLaren, with Jenson Button
struggling as he attempted to make it to two-stop territory and finally having to pit after 27 laps.