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SportHamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty

03:30  10 june  2019
03:30  10 june  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

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Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty © Getty Images Lewis Hamilton at the Canadian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton won a controversial Canadian Grand Prix to extend his lead in the world championship as a five-second time penalty denied Sebastian Vettel a first Formula One win of the season.

The decisive moment came on lap 48 when Vettel, who was leading the race and seemingly on course for victory having started on pole, ran wide at turn four and re-joined the track via the grass, only just avoiding pushing Hamilton into the wall.

Race stewards ruled against Vettel and handed him a time penalty for an unsafe re-entry, meaning the Mercedes driver just had to stay fewer than five seconds behind, which he duly did to claim victory despite being the second man across the line.

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"They are stealing the race from us," protested Vettel on team radio after being informed of the decision. "I had nowhere to go, I didn't see him. You go to the grass and you come back, where the hell are you supposed to go?"

Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty © Dan Mullan/Getty Images Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc finished third as he closely followed the drama at the front, but a double podium will only be slim consolation to Ferrari as Mercedes made it seven straight wins in 2019.

In a race of damage limitation, Valtteri Bottas was fourth having dropped to seventh on the first lap, eventually overcoming the Renaults of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg, who were sixth and seventh.

The Finn also claimed a point for the fastest lap, but the result meant Hamilton – who earlier held off Leclerc to preserve second position on the first corner – increased his advantage over his Mercedes colleague to 29 points.

Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty © Getty Images MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 09: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

Max Verstappen started ninth and his patient game of starting on the hard tyres plus stopping later than the other contenders worked as he improved to end the race fifth, ahead of the Renaults and team-mate Pierre Gasly.

Vettel and Hamilton ready for battle

Vettel and Hamilton ready for battle Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel believe all the ingredients are in place for a closely-fought battle for victory in Sunday evening's Canadian GP. F1's biggest two names start on the front row together for the first time in seven races this season, with Vettel returning to the head of an F1 grid after an 11-month absence from pole. Despite missing out on pole to his Ferrari rival, Hamilton was upbeat after qualifying and insisted Mercedes were "still in a strong position" as they attempt to maintain their unbeaten start to the season when the lights go out at 7.10pm.

That was still the Dutchman's worst result of the season so far, with Gasly eighth in the other Red Bull followed by Lance Stroll – in his home grand prix – and Daniil Kvyat in the final points positions.

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Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty
Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty

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