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Vettel wins in Canada, with Alonso and Hamilton behind - A straight-forward victory for Red Bull, as strategies differ through the field

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Vettel wins in Canada, with Alonso and Hamilton behind
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Sebastian Vettel led the Canadian Grand Prix from pole position, and apart from a small stint where he pitted before others and sat second, he was leading and untroubled for the entire afternoon. Meanwhile, behind him, there were scraps for position all over the place. Fernando Alonso made his way up through the field, overtaking Lewis Hamilton during the final few laps to secure second to the Brit’s third.

Paul di Resta and Romain Grosjean both opted to try and one-stop strategy, going late into the race before coming in for fresh tyres. Di Resta completed 57 of the 70 laps on the medium compounds, and worked his way up to seventh place, after a disappointing qualifying. It didn’t work out for Grosjean who had to switch to a two-stopper after struggling on the super-softs. The team also had a problem with Kimi Räikkönen’s pit stop, so any progress the Finn was making was halted.

Giedo van der Garde was given a 10 second stop/go penalty for crashing into Mark Webber and ignoring blue flags, and the Caterham driver later collided with Nico Hülkenberg, ending both their races. Webber finished fourth, despite driving most of the race minus one front-wing endplate.