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Vettel fumes as Hamilton wins Canadian Grand Prix

Vettel fumes as Hamilton wins Canadian Grand Prix Photo: TT
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, right, of Britain, consoles Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, after Hamilton won the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix auto race Sunday, June 9, 2019 in Montreal

Lewis Hamilton has won for the third consecutive race albeit in controversial circumstances at the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel crossed the line first, but copped a five-second penalty earlier in the race for an unsafe re-entry.

Mercedes’ Hamilton, who has now won five Grand Prixes this season, got handed the victory after finishing 1.342 seconds behind Vettel.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc got on the podium in third with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in fourth.

The result means Hamilton extends his lead at the top of the Drivers’ Championship to 29 points ahead of Bottas.

Mercedes are well clear in the Constructors’ Championship with 295 points ahead of Ferrari on 172 points.

The story of the day was the controversy around Vettel’s five-second penalty which denied him the victory.

The German was furious on the team radio during the race. He also refused to park his vehicle among the podium spots on pit lane, before moving the first sign to where his Ferrari should’ve been parked and the second sign in front of Hamilton’s Mercedes.

“Obviously I was going through the grass and I think it’s quite commonly known that the grass isn’t very grippy,” Vettel said.

“Then I was coming back on track and just trying to make sure I had the car under control.

“Once I sort of regained control and made sure that I was right I saw Lewis right behind me. If you said that yesterday we had the euphoria or enthusiasm of a great day, I feel in a way the same today.

“We had a great race, the team did fantastic and obviously I’m not happy with the decision the stewards took.

“I think you can understand, so it feels a bit weird not having won the race even though you crossed the line first.

“As I said, I don’t feel I have done anything wrong, I don’t feel I could have done anything different. I don’t know actually what the problem was.”

As Hamilton crossed the line second, he said on the team radio: “That’s not the way I wanted to win.”

Ben somerford
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