Super Vettel blazes to a dominant victory

Super Vettel blazes to a dominant victory

Death of a race marshal overshadows German's win

Super Vettel blazes to a dominant victory

Red Bull's triple world champion Sebastian Vettel won the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday but his victory was overshadowed by the death of a marshal, the first fatality in Formula One in over a decade.

The worker was killed after being run over by a mobile crane that was removing the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez from the side of the track after he crashed in the closing stages.

Vettel, oblivious to the unfolding tragedy, captured his first Formula One victory on North American soil and extended his overall lead in the championship to 36 points over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who finished second.

Lewis Hamilton, who had won in Montreal three times before, was passed by Alonso seven laps from the end but made it a podium of champions by finishing third for Mercedes.

Vettel, cruising to his 29th career win with little resistance, took the chequered flag 14.4 seconds clear of Spaniard Alonso.

Vettel's Australian team mate, Mark Webber, came fourth, and set the fastest lap, after his front wing was damaged when he collided with Dutch rookie Giedo van der Garde's Caterham. Germany's Nico Rosberg, winner of the previous race in Monaco for Mercedes, crossed the line fifth.

Hours after Vettel's win, the sport's governing body (FIA) announced the death of the marshal, which overshadowed a relatively incident-free 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," said the FIA statement.
"As he did this, he stumbled and was hit and run over by the recovery vehicle."

The FIA said the worker was transferred by helicopter to the Sacre-Coeur hospital in Montreal for treatment but his injuries were too severe and he died.

He was the first marshal to die at a race since the 2001 Australian Grand Prix when Graham Beveridge was struck by a tyre that flew through a gap in safety fencing after Jacques Villeneuve and Ralf Schumacher collided.

Force India’s Paul di Resta finished seventh while team-mate Adrian Sutil grabbed the last available point, ending 10th.

Vettel now has 132 points, ahead of Alonso (96), Raikkonen (88), Hamilton (77) and Webber (69).

Driver    Team        Time           
1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany)    Red Bull         1::32:09.143
2. Fernando Alonso (Spain)    Ferrari           +00:14.408
3. Lewis Hamilton (Britain)    Mercedes           +00:15.942
4. Mark Webber (Australia)    Red Bull           +00:25.731
5. Nico Rosberg (Germany)    Mercedes           +01:09.725
6. Jean-Eric Vergne (France)    Toro Rosso                         1 lap
7. Paul Di Resta (Britain)    Force India                         1 lap
8. Felipe Massa (Brazil)    Ferrari                         1 lap
9. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland)    Lotus                         1 lap
10. Adrian Sutil (Germany)    Force India                         1 lap