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Lack of rain, safety cars in Montreal contributed to Vettel benefit

Jun 10, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

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Two things didn’t happen on Sunday in Montreal that would have otherwise spiced up the first “Sebastian Vettel benefit” since Bahrain: rain, and safety cars.

The mixed conditions that had hit Circuit Gilles Villeneuve all weekend created something of a jumbled grid, notably with Valtteri Bottas taking his Williams FW35-Renault to heights it could never have hit in dry conditions in third.

Still, with Vettel on pole, all he had to do on Sunday was his usual task of pulling out a big enough gap in the first few laps to avoid having the car behind him close enough to use DRS. A gap of more than two seconds after lap one was pretty much all he needed to set sail on what has traditionally been a “bogey track” for him and the Red Bull Racing team.

Bottas’ presence, too, was always going to throw a monkey wrench into the plans of the faster cars behind him. Sixth-starting Fernando Alonso was desperate to get past in the opening laps and even though the Spaniard did, he was already too far back of Vettel to have a proper chance of catching the Red Bull.

That Alonso made it to second, but still some 14.4 seconds back by the checkered flag, was a testament to both of their races. Alonso did everything he could but was never in with a chance against the Red Bull.

The other thing to note was the obvious lack of safety cars. A frequent staple at Montreal, the safety car never made an appearance on Sunday, and thus never had the chance to wipe out Vettel’s insurmountable lead.

Adrian Sutil got off lucky when he spun at Turn 3 and 4, not getting collected or hitting the wall on his own. The Giedo van der Garde/Mark Webber dust-up at the hairpin was a clumsy moment but not worthy of bringing out the safety car.

Vettel’s domination and the cleanliness of the Formula One field ensured there weren’t the necessary ingredients to spice up what’s usually one of the more intriguing Grands Prix of the year. 

  1. apexassassin - Jun 10, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    It was just nice to see two races in row where the tyres didn’t fall to pieces! Plus Massa’s and Di Resta’s drive through the field and Sutil’s usual antics kept it interesting. Then again I don’t watch F1 for the crashes.

    Vettel continues his march into the history books for Legends, hopefully Kimi will anounce his switch soon, so all the Vettel haters and the rest of us can watch that epic battle for the black t-bar and #1 decal. Lotus were just deplorable and already seem to have lost time to the big teams.

    Silverstone will be the real test of everything. It will be interesting to see if Vergne and Bottas can continue outpacing their teamies. And if we get dry running whether the tires will hold together.

  2. purplesectornet - Jun 10, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    I have to agree with apex on this one…some of the best racing of the season happened behind Vettel in this race, I’m tuning in to see great racing, if it happens further down the field, what is the problem? As long as its on camera I’m happy.

  3. mcmillang2013 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    So it okay that 75% of the field was lapped? You guys should invest in old F1 tapes from the early 2000’s If you enjoy this type of follow the leader stuff. I disagree respectfully with both of you guys. Only way you could see “racing” down the order is if you we’re at the circuit.

    • apexassassin - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      Lol. So you somehow missed Di Resta and Massa? Not to mention Hamilton v Webber v Alonso? Sucky.

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