GP Canada: Lewis Hamilton won after Vettel’s penalty, Ferrari’s appeal
2019 Canadian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton won after Vettel’s penalty, Ferrari’s appeal
Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix result
- 1st. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 25 points
- 2nd. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 18pts
- 3rd. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 15pts
- 4th. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 13pts
- 5th. Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing) 10pts
The fallout from Sunday’s F1 Canadian Grand Prix continues following Lewis Hamilton’s controversial victory in Montreal.
Mercedes driver Hamilton actually finished second on the grid behind Sebastian Vettel, but the Ferrari driver was given a five-second penalty for almost colliding with his rival.
According to the race stewards’ report of the lap 48 incident Vettel’s car “left the track, re-joined unsafely and forced another car off track”.
The report added: “The stewards reviewed video evidence and determined that Car 5 [Vettel], left the track at turn three, rejoined the track at turn four in an unsafe manner and forced car 44 [Hamilton] off track. Car 44 had to take evasive action to avoid a collision.”
Vettel’s five-second penalty meant that Hamilton was awarded the victory – his fifth in seven races this season – and the Briton has extended his lead at the top of the 2019 drivers’ standings.
‘Stealing the race’
Sky Sports reports that Vettel was left raging at F1 officials after being handed the controversial penalty. Over the team radio the German said: “They are stealing the race from us. I had nowhere to go. I seriously had nowhere to go. I didn’t see him. Where the hell was I supposed to go?”
Speaking later Vettel added: “I think we really deserved to win, that’s my opinion and I think the people’s opinion out there as well. It was a great race, they really cheered me on every lap.”
Boos for Lewis after Seb was ‘forced into error’
While Vettel was left angered after missing out on his first victory of the season, Hamilton also felt “deflated” by winning in such circumstances.
The five-time world champion was booed by the crowd in Montreal and his podium interview was “drowned out by jeers”, says Sky F1.
“Naturally, absolutely it’s not the way I wanted to win,” said Hamilton. “I was pushing to the end to try and get past. I forced him into an error, he went wide, I had the run on that corner and we nearly collided. It’s unfortunate, but this is motor racing.”
When asked about the boos Hamilton added: “Maybe they didn’t get the right views… I’ve got to rewatch it. Hopefully they weren’t booing me because I didn’t do anything to deserve that I don’t think, all I did was just race my heart out.”
Vettel defended Hamilton by saying: “The people shouldn’t boo at Lewis. I think he saw what was going on, I don’t think there was any intention to be in his harm’s way. I had trouble to stay on track. The people shouldn’t boo at Lewis, if anything they should boo at these funny decisions.”
Ferrari to appeal but confidence is back
The Italian team submitted their intention to appeal against the decision that saw Vettel get a five-second penalty. Formula1.com says that Ferrari “now have 96 hours to gather evidence and decide if they wish to pursue the appeal”.
“I don’t think he could have done things differently, which is why we have decided to appeal the stewards’ decision,” said Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto.
Despite missing out on victory Binotto says the Scuderia’s confidence has been boosted by their performance in Canada.
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.
“We were the fastest on track today and that is important… We know there are weaknesses to address, season is not over.”