Sebastian Vettel Dominates Canadian GP
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing’s dominant 25 year old driver, performed phenomenally once again en route to his first career victory at The Canadian Grand Prix. The youngest triple world champion in Formula 1 history has now won at every track the tour visits except for the brand new Circuit of The Americas, Budapest Circuit in Hungary and his home circuit of Hockenheim.
This victory was once again incredibly calculated and formulaic, to the disdain of some race fans, but not to team boss Christian Horner. The formula was simple: win the pole, get an early lead of over a second, and lead every lap on the way to victory. It was a typical Sebastian Vettel race, one which we have become accustomed to as he marches towards his fourth straight drivers’ championship.
Whilst Vettel was out for a Sunday drive, his competition in both the drivers’ and constructors’ titles struggled to keep up. Rival Kimi Raikkonen was at one point lapped but came back on strategy to finish 9th, good enough for only two points to Vettel’s 25.
Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton had strong runs to round out the podium, but could not gain any ground on Vettel in the driver’s standings nor Red Bull in the constructors’ championship.
Lotus GP had an abysmal day by their standards with Raikkonen struggling and teammate Romain Grosjean being marred by a 10-position grid penalty to finish out of the points in 13th.
Scuderia Toro Rosso continued to surprise with a sixth place finish by Jean-Eric Vergne who impressed yet again. As the cars once again become lighter and have less power in 2014, watch out for Toro Rosso to possibly jump into the fray as an elite team, and score more points than ever before.
One of the teams they may replace at the pinnacle of Formula 1 is McLaren Mercedes who once again struggled. Both McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Perez finished outside of the points for the first time in 64 races, snapping Formula 1’s longest streak.
Although the 2013 Formula 1 season is only seven races young, it has once again become apparent that nobody can beat Sebastian Vettel or Red Bull Racing. Far more dominant than Jimmie Johnson in NASCAR, nobody can touch Red Bull once again as they move towards two titles.
Teams are entering a time of transition with 2014 regulations looming. As Red Bull continues its dominance look for teams to experiment more than anticipated before with engineering and design changes, adding to the still astonishing racing we have seen for the rest of the year.
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