Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel took a dominant victory in the Canadian Grand Prix as Fernando Alonso beat Lewis Hamilton to second place.
Vettel led all but three laps to take his first win in Canada as Alonso’s Ferrari, which started sixth, passed Hamilton’s Mercedes with nine laps to go.
The race was marred by the death of a track marshal following an incident which occurred when removing the stricken Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez.
Alonso moves into second in the championship, 36 points behind Vettel and eight ahead of Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen.
The Finn was ninth after a difficult race as Red Bull’s Mark Webber took fourth.
“It was a very important race for us to win – finally we get it off the list and I’m very proud of that”
Raikkonen was lapped before half distance by Vettel, whose performance revived memories of many of his dominant wins in 2011.
The three-time world champion was in a league of his own, building a 2.8-second lead after two laps and driving off into the distance.
“Great race. I had a very good start and then I was able to really go with the car,” said Vettel. “On the super-soft we saw the tyres were falling apart but we were as good as everyone else and I was able to build a gap.
“A very important race for us to win – finally we get it off the list and I’m very proud of that. Great car by the team and we were able to pull away from the rest and control the race.”
Vettel lost the lead only for three laps after making his first stop earlier than Hamilton, but was a pit-stop’s margin – 15 seconds – ahead of the Mercedes before half distance.
He had only two scares – a brush with wall on the exit of Turn Four early in the race and an off-track moment at Turn One on lap 52, which cost him four seconds.
Vettel’s advantage in the championship is now equivalent to more than a clear win and fifth place, underlining his position as a clear favourite to win his fourth consecutive world title.
Hamilton trailed Vettel from the start, initially from team-mate Nico Rosberg, who held off Webber and Alonso through the first stint.
|Leaderboard – Final||Points||Time/Lag||Avg. mph|
|1||Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull||25||1:32:09.143||198.759|
|2||Fernando Alonso – Ferrari||18||+14.408 Sec||198.243|
|3||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||15||+15.942 Sec||198.188|
|4||Mark Webber – Red Bull||12||+25.731 Sec||197.839|
|5||Nico Rosberg – Mercedes||10||+1:09.725 Sec||196.284|