Trouble-free win for Sebastian

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Red Bull returned to the top step of the podium in dominant fashion at the Canadian Grand Prix as Sebastian Vettel proved untouchable in Montreal.

The German made the best of the conditions in Saturday’s rain-interrupted qualifying session to snatch pole position from Lewis Hamilton.

But on a much drier race day, Vettel got away cleanly and never looked back as he romped away, but Mark Webber, who started fifth, made his best start of the season but found himself squeezed between Valteri Bottas and Nico Rosberg, and he was only able to climb one place.

Stuck behind Rosberg, Webber then had to fend off Fernando Alonso, who quickly made up ground after being stuck behind Bottas’ Williams in the early stages.

As the trio battled it out, Vettel opened up a considerable margin in front of Hamilton, who himself had a gap to Rosberg.

Webber eventually made it by the German, but lost out to Alonso at the pit-stops.

From there, it was a pretty lonely race for Webber. Untroubled from behind, his only drama came when attempting to lap Guido van der Garde in the Caterham in the latter stages of the race.

Making a late move up the inside at the hairpin, van der Garde unexpectedly closed the door, colliding with Webber and breaking his front wing, pitching the Caterham into a spin.

While Alonso closed up on Hamilton, who was struggling with tyre wear, Webber’s damage meant he couldn’t make up the gap to make it on to the podium.

But it was all too easy for Vettel, who cruised to his 29th career win, 15 seconds ahead of Alonso.

His championship lead now stands at 36 points, with Alonso leap-frogging Kimi Raikkonen into second place.

Red Bull extend their constructors’ championship lead to 56 points over rivals Ferrari, with the British Grand Prix up next in three weeks.