Mercedes driver Louis Hamilton won the 2019 Canadian grand prix in Montreal after a controversial penalty to Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, updated by Naijauto.com!
1. Lewis Hamilton won on Sebastian Vettel's penalty
Hamilton won his fifth race of the season and in the process equaled Michael Schumacher's record of taking seven career victories at the Canadian grand prix Montreal race track. Hamilton who started his career with Mclaren in 2007 took the race in controversial manner after Sebastian Vettel was adjudged to have reentered the race track after being force to clear up the grass path by Hamilton. Vettel was handed a 5 seconds penalty for this infraction, and thus gifted the race win to Hamilton even though he finished first at the end of the race.
Louis Hamilton wins the 2019 Canadian grand Prix in Montreal
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2. How Sebastian Vettel reacted on the news
Speaking on this, Vettel expressed his displeasure with the decision, complaining that “he had nowhere to go” and that they race is being stolen from him and the Ferrari team. Louis Hamilton suffered a similar fate at the Belgian grand prix in 2008 clearing the grass path thus lost the race he won to Felipe Massa and was demoted to third place after a 25 seconds penalty. However, reacting to this penalty, Hamilton said:
“I forced him into an error, he went a bit wide but then I had the run on that corner and we nearly collided. It is unfortunate but this is motor racing,” he stated further, “I took the corner normally but when you come back on track you are not supposed to go straight back on to racing line you are supposed to come back on safely.”
The moment Vettel removes the No.1 board out of Hamilton's car
Vettel while reacting to the somewhat cruel decision (that’s if you are on the Ferrari Team), kept it very professional and even praise the Mercedes driver Hamilton for his pace on the track, but maintained that he made the right decisions at the right places over the race. He further stated:
“We deserved to win now and that is our opinion,” he said. “It was a great race, they [the crowd] cheered me on all the race, it’s a bit weird now, I don’t know what else to say. It is not making our sport popular. People want to see us race, and it was racing. Just a shame when we have these funny decisions.”
There was still time for some mild drama as Sebastian Vettel was seen replacing the first position marker placed at Mercedes F1 car driven by Hamilton, with the second position marker to a loud cheer from the excited crown.
There was some mild drama as Sebastian Vettel replaced race position marker
Over all, it was a keenly contested race, with two Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel (second position) and Charles Leclerc (third position), completing the podium with the Mercedes driver Louis Hamilton. Next race is the French grand prix coming thick on the 23rd of June at the Circuit Paul Ricard race track in Marseille. Hamilton won on this track last year, after dusting off the challenge from Red Bulls Max Verstappen and that of Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen who came a distant second and third.