Vettel finishes first but victory given to Lewis Hamilton – Canadian GP Report

Montreal, Canada

Canadian Grand Prix – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has crossed the line as leader of the race in Montreal, but a five second time penalty has given victory to Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.

Sebastian Vettel has crossed the line first in Montreal but lost the victory to Lewis Hamilton after a five second time penalty was applied to his race time. Having finished in front by less than a second, he was consigned to P2 in what was a very contentious decision by race stewards.

Having led almost the entire race, Vettel’s penalty was due to a mid race error where he lost control of the rear of his Ferrari through Turn 4. Rejoining the track, he held the lead ahead of Hamilton but was judged to have done so in a dangerous manner. As a result, he was handed the penalty and this allowed Lewis Hamilton to take the victory.

Vettel finished P2, with Charles Leclerc finishing P3 in the second Ferrari.

Valtteri Bottas finished P4, a somewhat distant competitor after a poor start to the race. He recovered to finish in that position, ahead of Max Verstappen’s Red Bull. Renault had a tremendous race, with Daniel Ricciardo bringing his car home in P6 from his P4 grid slot, and Nico Hulkenberg utilising a long first stint on the Soft tyres to finish P7.

Pierre Gasly finished P8 in the second Red Bull, with Lance Stroll P9 for Racing Point after also running a very effective long first stint. Daniil Kvyat was the final points finisher and claimed P10.

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