Hamilton wins 2019 Canadian GP after Vettel receives penalty

    Despite crossing the finish line in first place, a penalty for rejoining the track in an unsafe manner demoted Vettel to second.

    Published On Jun 10, 2019 12:45:00 PM

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    The 2019 Canadian GP saw a dramatic conclusion as a five-second time penalty for Sebastian Vettel handed the race win to Lewis Hamilton, despite the former crossing the chequered flag in first place.

    Taking his first pole position since the German GP last year, Vettel enjoyed a clean start to the race and managed to keep a charging Hamilton at bay before pitting on lap 27 of 70. Mercedes’ decision to keep Hamilton out for an extra lap resulted in him losing some time to the Ferrari driver, but he made use of his superior pace on the hard tyres to catch up to Vettel within nine laps.

    The defining moment of the race came on lap 48 when Vettel lost the rear of his car and ran across the grass at the Turn 3-4 chicane, squeezing Hamilton as he rejoined the track. After investigating the incident, the stewards handed Vettel a controversial five-second time penalty for rejoining in an unsafe manner, thereby denying Ferrari the chance to end Mercedes’ winning streak in F1 this season. By the time the penalty was announced, Vettel held a gap of just over two seconds and was unable to extend that lead. Despite leading every lap of the race, the penalty demoted Vettel to 2nd place, with Lewis Hamilton going on to take his seventh win at the Canadian GP – equaling Michael Schumacher’s record in Montreal.

    Vettel briefly faced the threat of dropping to 3rd place as his team-mate Charles Leclerc started gaining ground in the final few laps, but Leclerc eventually ended up one second behind Vettel in the final classification. After a disappointing qualifying session saw him start the race from 6th place, Valtteri Bottas initially lost a place to Nico Hulkenberg at the start, but was able to salvage a 4th place finish.

    Max Verstappen had also suffered a poor qualifying session, failing to make it into Q3. The Red Bull driver pulled off a longer 49-lap first stint on the hard tyres to take 5th place ahead of the Renault duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg, who secured the team’s best result of the year so far. Lance Stroll had to run the race with an older-spec engine after suffering an engine failure in the final practice session, and went on to take a strong 9th place finish in his home race, behind Pierre Gasly, while Daniil Kvyat wrapped up the top 10.

    His Canadian GP victory had helped Hamilton extend his championship lead to 29 points from Bottas, with Vettel 62 points adrift the lead in 3rd place.

    Race result

    POS

    DRIVER

    CAR

    LAPS

    GAP

    1

    Lewis Hamilton

    Mercedes

    70

    1h29m07.084s

    2

    Sebastian Vettel

    Ferrari

    70

    3.658s

    3

    Charles Leclerc

    Ferrari

    70

    4.696s

    4

    Valtteri Bottas

    Mercedes

    70

    51.043s

    5

    Max Verstappen

    Red Bull/Honda

    70

    57.655s

    6

    Daniel Ricciardo

    Renault

    69

    1 Lap

    7

    Nico Hulkenberg

    Renault

    69

    1 Lap

    8

    Pierre Gasly

    Red Bull/Honda

    69

    1 Lap

    9

    Lance Stroll

    Racing Point/Mercedes

    69

    1 Lap

    10

    Daniil Kvyat

    Toro Rosso/Honda

    69

    1 Lap

    11

    Carlos Sainz Jr.

    McLaren/Renault

    69

    1 Lap

    12

    Sergio Perez

    Racing Point/Mercedes

    69

    1 Lap

    13

    Antonio Giovinazzi

    Alfa Romeo/Ferrari

    69

    1 Lap

    14

    Romain Grosjean

    Haas/Ferrari

    69

    1 Lap

    15

    Kimi Raikkonen

    Alfa Romeo/Ferrari

    69

    1 Lap

    16

    George Russell

    Williams/Mercedes

    68

    2 Laps

    17

    Kevin Magnussen

    Haas/Ferrari

    68

    2 Laps

    18

    Robert Kubica

    Williams/Mercedes

    67

    3 Laps

    -

    Alexander Albon

    Toro Rosso/Honda

    59

    Retirement

    -

    Lando Norris

    McLaren/Renault

    8

    Brakes

     

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