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Canadian GP: Hamilton wins following Vettel penalty

  • Published on 09 Jun 2019 21:40
  • comments 20
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Lewis Hamilton has won the Canadian Grand Prix after Sebastian Vettel was handed a five-second time penalty for re-joining the track dangerously during the race.

Vettel kept his lead off the line, as he started from pole position. The German stayed comfortably ahead of Hamilton during their first stint on the medium tyre.

However, Hamilton was able to close in after they both switch to the hard tyre, with Hamilton applying pressure to Vettel. Vettel then lost his rear at Turn 3 and slid across the grass, forcing Hamilton to brake as he re-joined the circuit. 

Vettel was subsequently handed a five-second time penalty for the incident, which promoted Hamilton to first place after both crossed the line. 

Charles Leclerc was third, as the Monegasque driver drove a lonely race to take his second career podium. 

Valtteri Bottas was fourth for Mercedes, pitting late on in the race to set the fastest lap of the race for the extra point, while Max Verstappen recovered from a difficult qualifying to end the race in P5.

After starting from fourth on the grid, Daniel Ricciardo drove a strong race to come home in sixth place. The Australian battled Bottas and Verstappen in the race, and held off teammate Nico Hulkenberg in the final laps to finish as 'best of the rest'.

Pierre Gasly endured a tough race to finish in P8, as he remained stuck behind Lance Stroll for a majority of the event. Stroll extended his opening stint on the hard tyres and pitted late on for the mediums.

The local favourite, who had a disappointing result in qualifying, managed to re-emerge inside the top ten and chase after Carlos Sainz to overtake him for ninth place.

Following Stroll's overtake, Sainz then found himself behind Daniil Kvyat who made his way past the McLaren driver to take the final point. 

There were two retirements from the race, the first of which being Lando Norris, who had a suspension failure when his brakes got too hot at the rear.

Alexander Albon pulled into the garage late on as his day was ruined following lap one contact with Antonio Giovinazzi and Sergio Perez, which forced him to the back of the field after he pitted for a new front wing.

Photos Canada 2019

CA Gilles Villeneuve - 09 June 2019

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  • abhidbgt

    Posts: 283

    Stupidest of things, really. What stupidity!

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    • Jun 9 2019 - 21:47
  • Can't believe that... shocking decision

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    • Jun 9 2019 - 21:49
  • Well, I cheer for Vettel so I'm clearly biased, but I really didn't like that penalty. What could Vettel really have done? He was basically still in course correction when he got ahead of Hammy onto the track again.

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    • Jun 9 2019 - 21:52
    • f1dave

      Posts: 782

      He could have given the place back. He was clearly off course.

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      • Jun 9 2019 - 22:09
    • He could've given it, yes, but it was his place. Hammy hadn't overtaken him yet, remember, so he didn't technically gain from that maneuver.

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      • Jun 10 2019 - 05:00
    • Hey @calle it's been a while. I didn't like the penalty either but more from the fan of F1 perspective. Going by the book, this penalty was marginal. I think it's pretty clear that Seb drove into the racing line while accelerating. Telemetry could easily show that and I assume. But I get it, it was Seb trying to minimize another mistake. Like Lewis in 2008, it was marginal. I didn't agree with that one either. What does bother me is people saying that this was an egregious call, like it was totally black and white.

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      • Jun 10 2019 - 05:33
    • Uhm.. Maybe? I dunno, time flies these days, so I have a hard time remembering stuff. XD How've you been?
      I feel do feel it was a very grayzone incident, yet I personally felt it was more leaning towards racing incident. The way I saw it, Vettel more or less drifted at that point, and was still in course correction mode when he went back onto the track. I'm not mad at them for handing it out because it was Vettel, but I am disappointed. The very instant that was ruled, I lost interest in the race, tabbed away from F1TV (YESS! It's in Sweden!!! Buzz off, Viasat!!), because the race was already over. There was no way Vet could've gotten 5 seconds between himself and Hammy at that stage.

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      • Jun 10 2019 - 18:12
  • abhidbgt

    Posts: 283

    When Ferrari get something right than stewards mess it up. Great racing really and should have been a racing incident. This doesn't seem fair at all. Ferrari need to get their corners better to have better race pace. Mercedes was quicker in race trim ever so slightly. A good result for Renault. Stroll is a better race driver than a qualifier. Kvyat's last move was really something.

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    • Jun 9 2019 - 22:08
    • Yep, yep, yep, yep, yep. Vettel clearly did not gain an advantage. He left the track and returned with roughly the same gap. HAM was whining during the race that it was "an unsafe re-entry" - so yeah, less of the "I really don't want to win this way," and more "But I'll take it anyway."

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      • Jun 10 2019 - 02:05
    • I find it a bit ironic, how Hammy is longing for a fight, but when he get one he is raging about it.

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      • Jun 10 2019 - 05:01
    • None of this would have happened if Seb didn't make another major mistake under pressure. The penalty was marginal, I didn't like it either, but it was definitely worth considering for a penalty for obvious reasons. As for Lewis complaining that's to be expected. Any driver would have done the same. Like a striker being pushed in the penalty box, he will always ask the referee for a penalty.

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      • Jun 10 2019 - 05:42
    • I don't even think it was Vettel. From the looks of it, the brake just went for him. As for Hammy: it isn't that he complained, it's that he always moan about not getting a proper, tough challenge, and then moans when a rival offer a legit challenge for once.

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      • Jun 10 2019 - 18:14
  • websurfer

    Posts: 52

    Biased stewards.

    • + 0
    • Jun 9 2019 - 23:05
  • Effin Bullsh#t!!! C'mon man. I see Ferrari is appealing, let's see.

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    • Jun 10 2019 - 02:02
  • I think I literally saw fire coming out of SEB's eyeballs when he was standing on the podium (Like the Jinn from American Gods).

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    • Jun 10 2019 - 04:05
  • Been reviewing and rewinding the move and I hate to admit the stewards were right. As Toto said they only interpreted what was black and white. The regs say you have to leave a car width and Seb just squeezed him out of the line. Pretty clear on the replays.

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    • Jun 10 2019 - 04:27
    • Aswin

      Posts: 14

      Yes you are correct. Seb just buckled under pressure.

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      • Jun 10 2019 - 07:17
    • 2GRX7

      Posts: 108

      "I think he was even lucky to remain on track. So no intention in what he did at all. He was still ahead and he tried to keep his position on track. It is as simple as that."

      OMG! Vettel's own boss is implicating him in this penalty!

      Exactly, Binotto- he tried to keep his position! You can hear Vettel's getting on the throttle going through the grass, causing the spinning tires to awkwardly hook up once they got on the asphalt! Racecraft 101: get out of the throttle while on grass to allow the car to settle. Not my Bible-it's just what I've been taught. He should have rolled to the asphalt, but he didn't want to lose P1, so he gassed it on the grass and never completely regained control.

      Once again, Vettel was forced into an error and did everything he could to recover.

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      • Jun 10 2019 - 16:58
  • wongrayw

    Posts: 17

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    • Jun 10 2019 - 11:51
  • It must be shameful to be handed over a race win, by red tape, instead of merit.

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    • Jun 10 2019 - 16:27

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