Sebastian Vettel led his Red Bull to its first North American win in Canada from pole position, beating Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso by a huge 14.4 second margin.
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Alonso impressed as he gained four places to finish second and his team mate Felipe Massa consistently overtook to finish 8th after his qualifying disaster that saw him languishing in 16th.
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton managed a decent third placed finish but the Brit was clearly upset as he has so far been unable to get higher than this on the podium. Mercedes decided on a split strategy for the team which clearly favoured Hamilton as Rosberg finished 5th.
Paul Di Resta was the talk of the race as, despite controversy surrounding Pirelli tyre degradation, he managed a 57 lap stint on one set of tyres. The Scot led his Force India to 7th whilst Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne finished just ahead with his highest ever placing of 6th.
Traffic was a main concern for the leading drivers as lapped cars consistently ignored the blue flag warning to move aside. Caterham’s Giedo van der Garde impeded Mark Webber and a small collision led to the Australian losing a section of his front wing.
McLaren had another poor race, ending their run of 64 consecutive points finishes. Jenson Button was unable to beat his team mate Sergio Perez as the pair finished just outside of the points.
Lotus had a mediocre weekend but Kimi Räikkönen did well to finish 9th, equalling Michael Schumacher’s recored of 24 consecutive points finishes.
The next race is at the classic Silverstone circuit in Northampton. Both the Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari will be likely protagonists, whilst Räikkönen will be hoping to regain points after being pushed out of second place in the Championship standings by Alonso.