Sebastian Vettel upset after controversial penalty denies him victory at Canada GP

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Sebastian Vettel said he is falling out of love with Formula One after a controversial penalty denied him victory in Canada.

Lewis Hamilton was promoted to first place at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve – the British star claiming his fifth win from seven rounds – following Vettel’s five-second punishment for almost crashing into his Mercedes rival.

Backing their driver, Ferrari said they were “disappointed” by the steward’s decision and will appeal.

On lap 48, and with Hamilton crawling all over his Ferrari gearbox, Vettel lost control, sliding over the grass at the third bend before re-joining the track.

But Hamilton, who was forced to brake to avoid a collision with the recovering Ferrari driver, accused Vettel of dangerous driving. The stewards concurred, hitting the German with a timed penalty and slapping him with two points on his licence.

“This is not the sport I fell in love with,” said Vettel. “We all sound like lawyers. It just gives no edge to the sport.

“I am a purist. I love going back and looking at the old times, the old cars, the old drivers. It is an honour when you have the chance to meet them and speak to them. They are heroes.

“I really love that, but I just wish I could do what I do in their time, rather than today. It is not just about this decision, but other decisions, too.

“We have an official language, and it is wrong. We should be able to say what we think, but we are not. In this regard, I disagree with where the sport is now.

“I re-joined the track, Lewis had to react, but for me that is racing, and a lot of the old Formula One drivers, and people in the grandstands here would agree that this is part of racing.

“It hurts me today because it impacts my race result, but this is also part of a bigger criteria.”

Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto said they were “naturally disappointed”.

“Most of all our thoughts are with Sebastian and the spectators. As for Seb, I don’t think he could have done things differently, which is why we have decided to appeal the Stewards’ decision,” he said.

“We leave Canada knowing that today, as indeed over the whole weekend, we proved we were competitive and that fact has been a confidence booster for the whole team.”

Ferrari have four days to gather evidence before progressing with the appeal.

Britain’s 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell said the incident was “very embarrassing”.

“No joy in watching this race. Two champions driving brilliantly, ending in a false result,” he wrote on Twitter.

“What’s Seb supposed to do? Crazy. The car stepped out. At that point he was a passenger.”

Hamilton was jeered on the podium – the strong contingent of Ferrari supporters in North America unhappy with a penalty which denied Vettel his first win since last August’s Belgian Grand Prix and the Scuderia’s first of a disappointing campaign.

Vettel was furious with the decision, complaining over the radio before initially refusing to take part in the podium celebrations.

He marched in front of Hamilton’s parked-up Mercedes and removed the board declaring he had finished first, replacing it with the second-place marker reserved for his Ferrari.

Hamilton, who is now 29 points clear of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the championship, said: “All I can say is that I didn’t make the decision. I don’t know what they are booing at.”

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Lewis Hamilton was crowned the winner of a remarkable Canadian Grand Prix after Sebastian Vettel was hit with a five-second penalty.

Vettel took the chequered flag at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve but was demoted to runner-up following a penalty for a near-collision with Hamilton on lap 48.

Hamilton crossed the line 1.3 seconds behind Vettel to ensure he would take the fifth win of his championship defence, and extend his championship lead to 29 points after Valtteri Bottas finished fourth. Charles Leclerc completed the podium positions.

Here are our key talking points from the race.

BAD DAY FOR VETTEL

A disappointing race day for the German. Fastest for much of the weekend, Vettel topped the timesheets in FP3 and secured top spot in qualifying for the first time in 17 race, stretching back to the German GP last July.

In the race itself, he drove solidly and looked on course to secure his first win of the season up until lap 48. On the exit of turn four, he ran wide, which forced Hamilton slightly off the track, resulting in a penalty.

Although he held on to cross the line in first, he didn’t build on the necessary time advantage and was forced to settle for second in what was an underwhelming finish for the spectator.

In truth, the penalty was harsh as there is no other place for a driver to re-join the track in a situation like that. He deserved the win but the stewards thought differently, which is disappointing.

Hopefully Vettel can return to the fore in France in two weeks time.

LUCKY NO7 FOR HAMILTON

A remarkable seventh win for Hamilton in Canada. Although the victory wasn’t in the manner that he would have liked, due to Vettel’s penalty, it is still Mercedes seventh triumph of the season and they hold a comfortable advantage in both drivers’ and constructors’ championships.

The Englishman was boosted by a new Mercedes engine in Montreal this weekend, but he was unable to live with the searing pace of Vettel in qualifying and had to start from second on the gird.

A combination of the hitting the wall in FP2 and his hydraulics issue on Sunday morning, it was a mixed weekend for the 34-year-old ahead of the start of Sunday’s race.

But what makes him a champion is that he never gives up, and he stayed two-seconds behind Vettel for the first half of the race, before cutting the time substantially – to just under one-second by lap 40 – putting pressure on German for the final frenetic laps.

Benefiting from the time penalty handed to Vettel, the Briton pushed hard and closed the gap to finish 1.9 seconds behind Vettel and clinch the win.

It may have been undeserved, but a win is a win.

RICCIARDO ROCKS

The Driver of the Day? Definitely a close call between him and Vettel.

Daniel Ricciardo qualified fourth fastest on Saturday, his best performance for Renault, in a significant boost for the his flagging season to date.

And he continued his superb form on race day, holding off Valtteri Bottas for a number of laps, before his resistance was finally broken to the Mercedes’ severe power. Still, sixth represents a stunning finish for the 29-year-old and Renault’s best result of the season so far.

His efforts plus Nico Hulkenberg’s seventh were warmly greeted by the Montreal crowd.

STRONG PERFORMANCE FOR STROLL

A solid afternoon for the Canadian man. Racing in front of his home fans, Lance Stroll shone in his Racing Point and finished ninth – his third points finish this season after picking up ninth in Melbourne and Baku.

Starting from 17th on the grid, the 21-year-old soared through the field and even held off Carlos Sainz late to seal a joint-season’s best result.

In contrast, his team-mate Sergio Perez crossed the finish line in 12th.

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Sebastian Vettel takes pole ahead of Lewis Hamilton at Canadian Grand Prix

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Sebastian Vettel produced a crushing qualifying performance to secure his first pole position of the season for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.

Vettel had been in a class of his own at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve this weekend, and looked on course to claim pole after topping the final practice session earlier on Saturday.

Hamilton finished 0.0206 seconds down on Vettel while Leclerc, sitting fifth in the drivers standings, qualified a distant third.

Vettel desperately needs to beat Hamilton on Sunday to stop the Briton from running away with the title. Hamilton has won four of the last six races, with the German yet to taste victory in 2019.

“I’m full of adrenaline. The feeling in the car when it keeps coming. It’s really nice. I’m happy for the team because the last few weeks have been quite tough,” said Vettel, who sealed his first pole position triumph in 17 races, stretching back to the German Grand Prix last July.

“The car was a lot better (today). I think we can carry that into the race. We’ll try everything.”

Mercedes are attempting to secure a record sixth consecutive drivers’ and constructors’ championship double this season, and with the car looking immensely strong, Hamilton is still in a strong position to clinch a seventh victory in Canada, despite starting from second on the grid.

The 34-year-old, as ever, was magnanimous in defeat to Vettel.

He clocked a best lap of 1:10.446, but Vettel’s lap of one minute and 10.240 seconds proved too strong.

“I don’t particularly feel disappointment, I think we did the best we could,” he said.

“I think the timing was right, our procedures were perfect – this is how racing should be.”

Daniel Ricciardo did brilliantly to qualify in fourth place for Renault. He was two-tenths quicker than his teammate Niko Hulkenberg, who finished seventh.

The McLaren pair of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz once again had a strong start to the season in eighth and ninth place. Pierre Gasly finished fifth for Red Bull, while Valtteri Bottas had to settle for a disappointing sixth.

Kevin Magnussen, who ran wide and touched the ball at the end of Q2, will start from tenth on the grid. The Dane’s bad crash though resulted in Max Verstappen failing to record a sufficient time and the Red Bull star will now start from 11th on the grid.

Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat and Alexander Albon were in 12th and 14th place, respectively. Antonio Giovinazzi did well for 13th for Alfa Romeo, out-qualifying his teammate Kimi Raikkonen for the first time this season. Romain Grosjean was in 15th for Haas.

Racing Point suffered a setback with home favourite Lance Stroll going out in Q1 in 18th, while Sergio Perez was 16th, just missing out a place in Q2 behind Giovinazzi by seven-hundredths.

Raikkonen finished 17th after a difficult weekend, failing to get out of Q1 for the first time since the Austrian Grand Prix in 2015.

Williams, who have endured a torrid start to their season, proved to be still well off the pace. George Russell was in 19th, while his teammate Robert Kubica, at the scene of his only F1 victory back in 2008, crossed the line in 20th, both were over a second behind their nearest competitors.

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