Sebastian Vettel may have 39 pole positions and 3 world championships to his name, but not until today had he won in Canada, making this victory particularly special for the German driver.
Vettel led for the majority of the race, losing the lead just once when he stopped for fresh tires and he eventually took the checkered flag with 13 seconds to spare.
“I had a good start which was important and then I was able to go with the car,” Vettel explained on the podium after the race. “Obviously on the supersoft we saw the tires were falling apart, but I think we were as good as anyone else and I was able to build a gap and then keep that throughout the race.”
Vettel also praised the work of his team as their good work in the pits allowed him to pull ahead at the front.
“At some stages we had a full pit stop [in hand] and that makes it easier to control the gaps and control the race. It was a great race and a perfect job from the team, with perfect stops even though we had time in hand.”This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
The race was one of the few that Vettel had failed to win, and he felt a certain sense of retribution after losing the lead on the final lap of the grand prix in 2011.
“It was an important race for us to win and finally get it off the list. Two years ago we came very close but I lost it on the last lap and that was my mistake – but I made up for that today.”
Vettel’s win sees him extend his championship lead to 37 points over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.