Formula 1

Hamilton wins in Canada after Vettel receives penalty

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Lewis Hamilton has won the Canadian Grand Prix after Sebastian Vettel received a five second penalty.

Vettel led the race from start to finish and was in control of the race until lap 48. The German went off the track at Turn 4 and slid across the grass but when he rejoined he almost collided with Hamilton.

The FIA investigated the incident and deemed Vettel rejoined the track in an unsafe manner. They awarded him with a five second penalty meaning Vettel was classified second despite being the first person to finish.

Charles Leclerc rounded out the podium after a quiet race. He had much younger tyres than the two cars in front of him but was unable to close the gap enough to take second from his teammate.

Valterri Bottas seemed to lack pace once on the hard compound tyre and he finished fourth while Max Verstappen rose from ninth on the grid to cross the line in fifth.

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Renault had arguably one of their strongest races since their return to Formula 1. Daniel Ricciardo put on some impressive if not robust defensive manoeuvres against Valterri Bottas early in the race and the Australian did enough to finish sixth.

Ricciardo’s teammate Nico Hulkenburg was behind in seventh while Pierre Gasly fell from fifth on the grid to eighth.

Lance Stroll put in once of his best performances of the season. In his home Grand Prix, the Canadian finished in ninth having started in 18th position.

Daniil Kyat rounded out the top ten while the McLaren of Carlos Sainz finished 11th.

The Racing Point of Sergio Perez was next to finish in 12th while the Alfa Romeo of Giovinazzi and the Haas of Romain Grosjean finished 13th and 14th respectively.

Kimi Raikkonen and George Russell crossed the line in 15th and 16th while Kevin Magnussen was 17th after having a difficult weekend.

The Dane had told his team during the race that he was having one of his worst experiences in a race car. His engineer then had to remind him that his team had spent all night rebuilding it after his qualifying crash.

Haas Team Principal Gunter Steiner also added: “it is not enjoyable for us either, but enough is enough”.

Robert Kubica once again was the last driver to cross the line while Alex Albon and Lando Norris were the only retirements from the race.

 

 

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