It has been confirmed that Sebastian Vettel has extended his multi-year contract with Red Bull until 2015, following recurring rumors regarding the three-time Champion’s future in Formula 1. This announcement comes after the German’s dominant display of race-craft last time out at the Canadian Grand Prix, where he won by +14.408 seconds.
Since his switch to Red Bull back in 2009, Sebastian Vettel has been a dominant figure in the world of Formula 1. The German sensation has stormed to a sensational 28 victories for the team, including three Championship titles, 50 podium finishes and 38 pole positions. The 25-year-old has been a figurehead for Red Bull’s young driver programme, with the German progressing to Formula 1 after competing in junior categories such as the Formula 3 EuroSeries and World Series by Renault.
Despite his extremely competitive career with Red Bull, rumors were floating around the Formula 1 paddock that the German could well be on the move to Ferrari in the future. Although this announcement dampens such rumors, it is still perfectly feasible that he could make the switch for the 2016 season. Such speculations aside, it seems Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull’s dominance will continue for the foreseeable future as the German unquestionably begins to set his sights upon Michael Schumacher’s record.
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After a thoroughly entertaining Canadian Grand Prix weekend, eventually dominated by reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel, it’s time to review the race weekend with a look back at some of the best images taken. These range from stunning action shots of the cars on track, to images of the drivers outside their cars or on the podium. Enjoy…
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The FIA has issued a statement confirming the tragic death of a Canadian Grand Prix marshal, who was struck by a mobile crane after the race as Esteban Gutierrez’s Sauber was cleared. As the marshal assisted the crane carrying the Mexican’s stricken car, he tripped and was subsequently hit by the recovery vehicle.
Medical staff were immediately on the scene, and the marshal was initially sent to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve’s medical centre before being airlifted to the nearby Sacre-Coeur hospital in Montreal for further treatment. Despite the medical staffs’ best efforts, the marshal tragically succumb to his injuries sustained at the circuit at 18:02 local time.
“The FIA is sad to announce the death of a Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada circuit worker, at 6:02 pm.” Read an official statement from the FIA, “The worker, a member of the Automobile Club de l’Île Notre Dame, was the victim of an unfortunate accident that occurred at the end of this afternoon’s Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada. The worker was helping to recover a car which had stopped during the race. The recovery vehicle had lifted the car to return it to the pits and while doing this the worker dropped his radio and attempted to pick it up. As he did this, he stumbled and was hit and run over by the recovery vehicle.
“The worker was transported via helicopter to Sacre-Coeur Hospital. Unfortunately, the worker succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The FIA, l’Automobile Club de l’Île Notre-Dame and the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada want to communicate their deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim. The identity of the worker cannot be revealed at this time.”
This is the first time a marshal has been killed at a Grand Prix event since way back in 2001, when a marshal was killed following Jacques Villeneuve and Ralf Schumacher’s horrific incident at the season-opening Grand Prix when a tyre flew through a gap in the fencing.
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Sebastian Vettel has finally secured his and Red Bull’s first victory around Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, after an absolutely scintillating drive from the reigning Champion. The German was joined on the podium by fellow former Champions’ Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton, after a dry 70-lap race.
At the start Sebastian Vettel catapulted himself into a mesmerizing lead at the front, ahead of Lewis Hamilton whereas the Williams of Valtteri Bottas plummeted through the order after initially qualifying an impressive 3rd. By the end of the opening lap, the Finn found himself way down in 6th position, as Sebastian Vettel opened up a two-second lead at the front in his Renault-powered Red Bull.
Whilst the reigning World Champion romped into the distance in the lead, the majority of the field continued to battle for position throughout the opening few laps. Adrian Sutil was tipped into a spin on Lap 6 as he jostled for position with the Williams of Valtteri Bottas, however the German miraculously avoided collision with both the barriers and the numerous drivers who amazingly managed to doge the stricken Force India. As the German continued circulating, he found himself the centre of attention once again at Turn 10, as Pastor Maldonado completely out-broke himself and lightly tapped the rear of Adrian Sutil.
As the opening laps ensued, Adrian Sutil eventually pitted on Lap 10 as Kimi Raikkonen’s race weekend failed to improve as the Finn began to complain of a soft brake pedal over his team radio. Although Sebastian Vettel found himself in a commanding lead at the front after the opening few laps, the German ace marginally tapped the barrier on the exit of Turn 4 on Lap 11. Despite this minor lapse of concentration from the race leader, he quickly regained his composure and continued to light up the timing screens ahead of Lewis Hamilton.
By Lap 12 Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg and Pastor Maldonado became the first three drivers to make a scheduled pit-stop, before others did likewise including Mark Webber, Jean-Eric Vergne and Nico Rosberg. Due to his minor collision with Adrian Sutil earlier in the race, Pastor Maldonado was struck with a drive-thru penalty for causing a collision. The Venezuelan driver, who has so far endured a tough season, soon served his penalty as race leader Sebastian Vettel pitted on Lap 16.
This enabled Lewis Hamilton to assume the lead for Mercedes, however the Briton’s reign over proceedings failed to last for long before he too elected to pit. As Sebastian Vettel returned to the lead of the race for Red Bull, Kimi Raikkonen’s race failed to improve as the Finn pitted on Lap 22 after just being informed to save fuel. The former World Champion suffered a frustratingly slow stop, after his rear-jack fumbled therefore preventing his mechanics from efficiently changing his rear tyres.
After taking an unforgettable victory back in 2011 for McLaren, Jenson Button’s Canadian Grand Prix was one of frustration and a lack of pace. The Briton struggled greatly within the midfield, along with Mexican team-mate Sergio Perez. After initially holding 3rd position behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg eventually succumb to the onslaught of Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso. The duo eventually perfected separate maneuvers on the German on Lap 30.
Despite progressing to 3rd position ahead of Nico Rosberg, Mark Webber’s race effort was hindered slightly on Lap 37 as the Australian driver tried to lap the Caterham of Giedo van der Garde. After visibly leaving Mark Webber a considerable gap at Turn 10, the Dutchman simply cut across the front of the Red Bull driver. The ensuing collision caused minor damage to Webber’s front-wing, and saw van der Garde tipped into a spin. After a short review by the race stewards, headed by former F1 driver Martin Donnelly, Giedo van der Garde was struck with a hefty stop/go penalty.
Although Mark Webber suffered minor damage to his front-wing, his overall race pace seemed to be unaffected. However, this failed to deter Fernando Alonso from catching and then perfecting an overtaking maneuver on the Australian driver for 3rd. As Fernando Alonso continued to scythe through the order, Giedo van der Garde’s woeful afternoon continued after yet another collision, this time with the Sauber of Nico Hulkenberg. As the duo negotiated the final chicane, they touched and both sustained race-ending damage. Nico Hulkenberg suffered damage to the rear of his car, whereas Giedo van der Garde damage his front-wing, which ultimately became dislodged underneath his car and forced him to pull off of the track.
Whilst the marshals retrieved the stricken Sauber and Caterham machines, both Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton pitted for a second and final time. The German sensation managed to retain his lead, after building up enough time to practically stop for a car wash in the process. As Sebastian Vettel continued to assert unrivaled dominance out in front, Lewis Hamilton began to come under severe pressure from former team-mate Fernando Alonso. As the two-time Champion caught the Mercedes ace, Adrian Sutil was struck with a drive-thru penalty for ignoring blue flags.
Eventually Fernando Alonso caught right up with the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, perfecting a wonderful overtaking maneuver on the former Canadian Grand Prix winner on Lap 62. Esteban Gutierrez’s frustrating debut season in Formula 1 continued during the latter stages of the race, as the former GP2 and GP3 driver spun into the barriers and subsequently into retirement at Turn 1.
However, nothing seemed able to stop Sebastian Vettel, as the reigning World Champion simply cruised to his and Red Bull’s first ever victory around Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The German ace was followed home by the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso, with Lewis Hamilton a close 3rd. Sebastian Vettel’s victory has enabled him to further extend his lead in the Drivers’ Championship, with Fernando Alonso rising ahead of Kimi Raikkonen up to 2nd behind the German.
The sport will now enter a lengthy three-week gap until the British Grand Prix next time out, when the sport will reconvene around the home of Formula 1 at the legendary Silverstone circuit in Northampton. Last season Mark Webber stormed to a thrilling victory for Red Bull ahead of Fernando Alonso, and many will be expecting the ‘Rampaging Bull’ to excel once again around the historic circuit.
PROVISIONAL RACE RESULTS The Canadian Grand Prix Montreal, Canada; 70 laps; 305.270km; Weather: Sunny. Classified: Pos Driver Team Time 1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1h32:09.143 2. Alonso Ferrari + 14.408 3. Hamilton Mercedes + 15.942 4. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 25.731 5. Rosberg Mercedes + 1:09.725 6. Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap 7. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 1 lap 8. Massa Ferrari + 1 lap 9. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 1 lap 10. Sutil Force India-Mercedes + 1 lap 11. Perez McLaren-Mercedes + 1 lap 12. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 1 lap 13. Grosjean Lotus-Renault + 1 lap 14. Bottas Williams-Renault + 1 lap 15. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 2 laps 16. Maldonado Williams-Renault + 2 laps 17. Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth + 2 laps 18. Pic Caterham-Renault + 2 laps 19. Chilton Marussia-Cosworth + 3 laps 20. Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari + 7 laps Fastest lap: Webber, 1:16.182 Not classified/retirements: Driver Team On lap Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 46 van der Garde Caterham-Renault 44
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After the incident-filled and controversial Monaco Grand Prix, the Formula 1 paddock will this weekend reconvene around the legendary Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix. First held in 1967 at Mosport, the Canadian Grand Prix has been held at Montreal since 1978, a race won by Gilles Villeneuve.
In it’s long a colorful history on the Formula 1 calendar, the Canadian Grand Prix has witnessed several memorable moments in the history of the sport, such as Gilles Villeneuve’s iconic victory in 1978, Jean Alesi’s one and only victory in 1995 and the topsy-turvy race in 1998 which saw Michael Schumacher storm to a controversial victory. Despite uncertainty surrounding the future of the Canadian Grand Prix, expectations are high for what should be another thrilling race around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Last time out at the Monaco Grand Prix around the glamourous Monte-Carlo street circuit, Nico Rosberg utterly dominated the entire weekend for Mercedes by topping every single session including a lights-to-flag drive during the incident-filled race. The German was followed home by reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel with Mark Webber 3rd, despite controversy surrounding the weekend after it was revealed that both Ferrari and Mercedes had conducted a secret test at Barcelona several weeks beforehand with Pirelli.
With what is now being dubbed “test-gate” still unresolved, the German marque will be seeking a repeat of their Monaco successes this weekend in Canada. Both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are unquestionably decent qualifiers, and with passing relatively difficult around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, another competitive result could well be on the cards. However, both Red Bull, Lotus and Ferrari will be eager to deny the German marque at the front, in what will surely be another close fight at the top.
The Canadian Grand Prix has been held on three circuits since its inception, with Mosport holding the inaugural race back in 1967. For the opening four years, the event was alternated between Mosport and Mont-Tremblant before the former became the sole host of the race until 1978 when Montreal assumed the honor of hosting the Canadian Grand Prix. Local hero Gilles Villeneuve stormed to a memorable victory during the circuit’s inaugural race, resulting in the circuit eventually being renamed the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve after his untimely death in 1982.
Since the 1982 Canadian Grand Prix, the race has always been held during the month of June, with several iconic moments occurring around the now legendary circuit. The notorious “Wall of Champions” on the exit of the final chicane has become an iconic part of the circuit, with former Champions such as Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve all slamming out of the race on separate occasions.
Despite their fearsome competitiveness across the majority of the circuits on the current calendar, Red Bull have so far failed to secure a victory around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. McLaren have won the last three races in Canada, with both Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button standing upon the top step of the podium for the Woking-based outfit. Michael Schumacher currently holds the record for the most amount of wins for a driver at the Canadian Grand Prix, with seven victories throughout his career (’94, ’97, ’98, ’00, ’02, ’03 and ’04). However, McLaren are currently the most successful team around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with the Woking-based outfit knocking up a stunning 13 race victories ahead of Ferrari and Williams (’68, ’73, ’74, ’76, ’88, ’90, ’92, ’99, ’05, ’07, ’10, ’11 and ’12).
For this weekend’s race, Pirelli has elected to bring their medium and super-soft tyre compounds. This presents the teams with varying strategies for the weekend ahead due to the gap in the compounds, with Pirelli expecting around two to three pit-stops during the 70-lap race. However, Pirelli’s Cinturato intermediate and wet tyres could well feature heavily once again this weekend, with rain forecast on both Friday and Saturday. During Friday practice, Pirelli will offer the teams two sets of prototype tyres to be tested. These tyres were initially scheduled to be officially introduced this weekend, however they will instead be tested on the Friday and then finally fully utilized during the British Grand Prix.
After a lack of DRS-assisted overtaking maneuvers during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, expect a resurgence of DRS domination this weekend with two zones once again implemented on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The zones in question are in relatively the same location as last season, with only the first activation zone altered slightly. The two locations will share the same detection zone, which will be located 110m after Turn 9, with the first activation zone 55m before Turn 12. The second DRS activation zone will be 70m after Turn 14, along the start/finish straight.
For this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, former Formula 1 driver Martin Donnelly will act as the Drivers’ Representative Steward. The Ulsterman made his debut in the sport back in 1989 with Arrows at the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard, before signing for Lotus in 1990. However, his career in Formula 1 was cut short during the 1990 season when a suspension failure caused a horrific incident during practice for the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez. Although Martin Donnelly was seriously injured during the incident, he recovered and has since managed to compete at national level. The 49-year-old will be joined in the stewardship of the Canadian Grand Prix by Garry Connelly and Radovan Novak, both of whom are distinguished members of the FIA.
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has become renowned for producing exciting and somewhat unusual races over the years, the most recent example being the 2011 race which eventually became the longest Formula 1 race in the history of the sport at four hours, four minutes and 39 seconds due largely to a two-hour rain delay. With Montreal’s history of creating memorable races, this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix could well follow the trend.
After a season so far plagued with bad luck, Fernando Alonso will unquestionably be out to secure his third victory this season. However, the speed of the Mercedes duo during qualifying could once again pose a threat to the likes of Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, with Kimi Raikkonen also lurking in the shadows as he too aims to add to his tally of victories this season. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has been a happy hunting ground for McLaren in recent years, however that stat is likely to change this weekend.
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The FIA has asked Ferrari to reply to a disciplinary inquiry along with Mercedes, following an in-season test conducted by the Scuderia between the Bahrain and Spanish Grands Prix. This comes after Mercedes also conducted a private test between the Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix.
During the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, it came to light that Mercedes had conducted a private test with Pirelli around Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya only days after the Spanish Grand Prix. This understandably sparked controversy within the paddock, as the team went from suffering greatly with tyre wear to dominating the entire race weekend. Red Bull in particular launched a protest against both Pirelli and the German marque with regards to their secret test, with both believed to be in breach of Article 22.4 of the sporting regulations.
Although Ferrari’s test was run with a two-year old Formula 1 car and by their Corse Clienti division, the FIA released a statement on Friday night requesting both the Scuderia and Mercedes reply to a disciplinary inquiry from the sport’s governing body. It is believed Ferrari could also be in breach of Article 22.1 of the sporting regulations, which clarifies whether or not a previous years car can be used in a test session.
“The FIA has asked Team Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 and Scuderia Ferrari Team which have taken part in tyre tests in the 2013 season to reply to a disciplinary inquiry in pursuance of the FIA Judicial and Disciplinary Rules.” Read the official statement from the FIA, “This follows the Stewards’ Report from the Monaco Grand Prix and represents supplementary information required by the FIA in the light of the replies received from Pirelli, who were asked for clarifications on Tuesday May 28th.”
With the Canadian Grand Prix quickly approaching, it seems “test-gate” is far from being resolved between Pirelli and the various teams involved. The revised tyres which were scheduled to be introduced around the Circuit du Gilles Villeneuve will only be used during practice, and will instead by fully introduced at the British Grand Prix.
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