While Sebastian Vettel is now on a tear, what a difference a year makes. This would be the same young German who at this point last season was being written off by many as a mistake-prone, not ready for prime time under-achiever. Remember that Vettel, after the first six races of 2010, had registered only a single victory and a pair of podium finishes for Red Bull Racing. He re-grouped enough to earn his and Red Bull’s first championship and is now coming to the Canadian GP at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with five victories in the first six rounds of this season’s world championship. A win by Vettel in Canada would match the best ever start in F1 history — a mark now held by Michael Schumacher, who won six of the first seven races in 2004.
The Grand Prix du Canada 2011 is the race in which McLaren and Ferrari must stake strong claim to Red Bull’s dominant position. Sebastian Vettel has won eight of the last nine races, and if the two legendary teams are to get back into the world championship fight they must beat the machines from Milton Keynes this weekend.