Montreal: Sebastian Vettel was so far ahead of the pack in the Canadian Grand Prix that only the walls and the curbs were in his way.
The three-time defending Formula One champion improved his chances at a fourth straight title on Sunday, surviving an early brush with a wall and late trouble in Turn 1 to earn his first victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Vettel's Red Bull left from pole position and led almost the entire way to finish 14.4 seconds ahead of Fernando Alonso's Ferrari.
It was the third win of the year for Vettel, who picked up 25 points in the championship standings to extend what had been a 21-point lead over Lotus' Kimo Raikkonen. Alonso picked up 18 points to move into second, 36 points behind Vettel; Raikkonen finished ninth for two points and now trails the leader by 44 points.