Vettel Wins Canadian Grand Prix for Third Victory of Season

Three-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel extended his lead to 36 points in this season’s Formula One drivers’ standings by winning the Canadian Grand Prix by 14.4 seconds for his third victory of the year.

The 25-year-old German, who started from pole position, took 1 hour, 32 minutes, 9.143 seconds to finish the 70-lap race yesterday on the 4.361-kilometer (2.71-mile) Circuit Gilles Villenueve.

It was the first victory at the Montreal track for the Red Bull driver and the 29th of his career. He also started from pole the previous two years, only to fall short of a victory.

“We’ve had good races here before, but it didn’t come together to win,” Vettel said from the victory podium. “Great car by the team and we were really able to pull away from the rest of the field.”

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso of Spain was second and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain was third. The race was run in dry conditions, with a track temperature of 84 degrees (29 Celsius) at the start.

Vettel now has 132 points this season after seven of the 19 races, while Alonso is second with 96. Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland, who began the day in second place in the season standings, finished ninth in Montreal and fell to third place this season with 88 points. Hamilton is fourth with 77.

Track Death

A track marshal died after being run over near the end of the race as he was helping to retrieve Mexican driver Esteban Gutierrez’s crashed Sauber. The marshal tripped and fell into the path of a mobile crane that was recovering the car to the pits, the ruling body Federation Internationale de l’Automobile said.

Quebec Premier Pauline Marois met briefly with Formula One head Bernie Ecclestone along the track before the race and told reporters they discussed how to reach an agreement to keep the race in Montreal after the current contract expires next year.

“It was positive on both sides,” Marois said. “So far, things are going well. I hope we will reach an agreement.”

The next Formula One race is the British Grand Prix on June

30.

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