Canadian GP: Hamilton wins after controversial Vettel penalty

Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari were denied a first win of the 2019 Formula 1 season after a five-second time penalty handed Canadian Grand Prix victory to Lewis Hamilton.

Canadian GP: Hamilton wins after controversial Vettel penalty

Vettel led from start to finish in Montreal but was demoted to second by a penalty picked up after running wide at the first chicane and almost colliding with Hamilton as he rejoined.

That handed Hamilton his fifth win of the season and maintained Mercedes' 100% victory record after seven races.

Vettel had a big enough advantage to hold on to second, as Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc completed the podium.

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Ferrari was in contention to end its winless start to the campaign after Vettel kept Hamilton at arm's length through the opening stint, but came under increasing pressure in the second half of the race.

Hamilton dropped to almost five seconds behind Vettel by virtue of extending his first stint by a couple of laps, but had stronger pace on the hard tyres and quickly caught the Ferrari.

In nine laps he eradicated Vettel's lead and moved within DRS range, but briefly fell out again after a lock-up at the hairpin.

However, as the two started lap 48 Hamilton was closer to Vettel again, and Vettel took to the grass at the first chicane after briefly losing the rear of his car on corner entry.

Vettel skated over the grass and rejoined just as Hamilton tried to dart into the gap between the scrambling Ferrari and the wall on the exit of the corner.

Hamilton backed out to avoid a collision and Vettel maintained his lead, but was punished after a lengthy investigation by the stewards.

Vettel never came close to building a big enough gap to cancel out the penalty and complained over the race that the officials were "stealing the race" from Ferrari.

Hamilton finished 1.4s behind at the flag, which became a 3.6s-winning margin and extended his points lead to 29 points – after a pre-race scare when his team rushed to replace his car's hydraulics system.

Leclerc ended up one second behind Vettel in the final classification, with Ferrari's first double podium finish of the season scant consolation for the Italian team.

Valtteri Bottas was left a distant fourth place as a Mercedes driver finished off the podium for the first time in 2019.

Bottas only qualified sixth and fell behind the second Renault of Nico Hulkenberg early on, then struggled to make progress on medium tyres with his immediate rivals on softs.

However, he eventually worked his way through to fourth and picked up a bonus point for fastest lap after building up a big enough gap for a free second pitstop near the end.

Max Verstappen recovered to fifth place after starting ninth, running a long first stint on hard tyres before passing the Renaults of Daniel Ricciardo and Hulkenberg after switching to mediums at the end.

Ricciardo withstood a late assault from Hulkenberg to finish sixth, with Pierre Gasly only eighth in the second Red Bull despite starting fifth.

Lance Stroll fought through to ninth and bank two points in his home grand prix, despite his Racing Point being fitted with an older-spec engine after a fiery failure in final practice.

Daniil Kvyat completed the point scorers for Toro Rosso.

Despite an ultra-hot day that prompted major braking and temperature problems for the teams, there were only two retirements.

Lando Norris was first to stop, suffering a peculiar failure after eight laps, while Alex Albon retired 11 laps from the finish.

Cla Driver Chassis Gap
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
2 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari 3.658
3 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari 4.696
4 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes 51.043
5 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull 57.655
6 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Renault 1 Lap
7 Germany Nico Hulkenberg
Renault 1 Lap
8 France Pierre Gasly
Red Bull 1 Lap
9 Canada Lance Stroll
Racing Point 1 Lap
10 Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat
Toro Rosso 1 Lap
11 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
McLaren 1 Lap
12 Mexico Sergio Perez
Racing Point 1 Lap
13 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo 1 Lap
14 France Romain Grosjean
Haas 1 Lap
15 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo 1 Lap
16 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams 2 Laps
17 Denmark Kevin Magnussen
Haas 2 Laps
18 Poland Robert Kubica
Williams 3 Laps
Thailand Alex Albon
Toro Rosso
United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren
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