Lewis Hamilton wins Canadian GP after Sebastian Vettel penalty and other key talking points

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Lewis Hamilton was crowned the winner of a remarkable Canadian Grand Prix after Sebastian Vettel was hit with a five-second penalty.

Vettel took the chequered flag at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve but was demoted to runner-up following a penalty for a near-collision with Hamilton on lap 48.

Hamilton crossed the line 1.3 seconds behind Vettel to ensure he would take the fifth win of his championship defence, and extend his championship lead to 29 points after Valtteri Bottas finished fourth. Charles Leclerc completed the podium positions.

Here are our key talking points from the race.

BAD DAY FOR VETTEL

A disappointing race day for the German. Fastest for much of the weekend, Vettel topped the timesheets in FP3 and secured top spot in qualifying for the first time in 17 race, stretching back to the German GP last July.

In the race itself, he drove solidly and looked on course to secure his first win of the season up until lap 48. On the exit of turn four, he ran wide, which forced Hamilton slightly off the track, resulting in a penalty.

Although he held on to cross the line in first, he didn’t build on the necessary time advantage and was forced to settle for second in what was an underwhelming finish for the spectator.

In truth, the penalty was harsh as there is no other place for a driver to re-join the track in a situation like that. He deserved the win but the stewards thought differently, which is disappointing.

Hopefully Vettel can return to the fore in France in two weeks time.

LUCKY NO7 FOR HAMILTON

A remarkable seventh win for Hamilton in Canada. Although the victory wasn’t in the manner that he would have liked, due to Vettel’s penalty, it is still Mercedes seventh triumph of the season and they hold a comfortable advantage in both drivers’ and constructors’ championships.

The Englishman was boosted by a new Mercedes engine in Montreal this weekend, but he was unable to live with the searing pace of Vettel in qualifying and had to start from second on the gird.

A combination of the hitting the wall in FP2 and his hydraulics issue on Sunday morning, it was a mixed weekend for the 34-year-old ahead of the start of Sunday’s race.

But what makes him a champion is that he never gives up, and he stayed two-seconds behind Vettel for the first half of the race, before cutting the time substantially – to just under one-second by lap 40 – putting pressure on German for the final frenetic laps.

Benefiting from the time penalty handed to Vettel, the Briton pushed hard and closed the gap to finish 1.9 seconds behind Vettel and clinch the win.

It may have been undeserved, but a win is a win.

RICCIARDO ROCKS

The Driver of the Day? Definitely a close call between him and Vettel.

Daniel Ricciardo qualified fourth fastest on Saturday, his best performance for Renault, in a significant boost for the his flagging season to date.

And he continued his superb form on race day, holding off Valtteri Bottas for a number of laps, before his resistance was finally broken to the Mercedes’ severe power. Still, sixth represents a stunning finish for the 29-year-old and Renault’s best result of the season so far.

His efforts plus Nico Hulkenberg’s seventh were warmly greeted by the Montreal crowd.

STRONG PERFORMANCE FOR STROLL

A solid afternoon for the Canadian man. Racing in front of his home fans, Lance Stroll shone in his Racing Point and finished ninth – his third points finish this season after picking up ninth in Melbourne and Baku.

Starting from 17th on the grid, the 21-year-old soared through the field and even held off Carlos Sainz late to seal a joint-season’s best result.

In contrast, his team-mate Sergio Perez crossed the finish line in 12th.

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Sebastian Vettel produced a crushing qualifying performance to secure his first pole position of the season for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.

Vettel had been in a class of his own at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve this weekend, and looked on course to claim pole after topping the final practice session earlier on Saturday.

Hamilton finished 0.0206 seconds down on Vettel while Leclerc, sitting fifth in the drivers standings, qualified a distant third.

Vettel desperately needs to beat Hamilton on Sunday to stop the Briton from running away with the title. Hamilton has won four of the last six races, with the German yet to taste victory in 2019.

“I’m full of adrenaline. The feeling in the car when it keeps coming. It’s really nice. I’m happy for the team because the last few weeks have been quite tough,” said Vettel, who sealed his first pole position triumph in 17 races, stretching back to the German Grand Prix last July.

“The car was a lot better (today). I think we can carry that into the race. We’ll try everything.”

Mercedes are attempting to secure a record sixth consecutive drivers’ and constructors’ championship double this season, and with the car looking immensely strong, Hamilton is still in a strong position to clinch a seventh victory in Canada, despite starting from second on the grid.

The 34-year-old, as ever, was magnanimous in defeat to Vettel.

He clocked a best lap of 1:10.446, but Vettel’s lap of one minute and 10.240 seconds proved too strong.

“I don’t particularly feel disappointment, I think we did the best we could,” he said.

“I think the timing was right, our procedures were perfect – this is how racing should be.”

Daniel Ricciardo did brilliantly to qualify in fourth place for Renault. He was two-tenths quicker than his teammate Niko Hulkenberg, who finished seventh.

The McLaren pair of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz once again had a strong start to the season in eighth and ninth place. Pierre Gasly finished fifth for Red Bull, while Valtteri Bottas had to settle for a disappointing sixth.

Kevin Magnussen, who ran wide and touched the ball at the end of Q2, will start from tenth on the grid. The Dane’s bad crash though resulted in Max Verstappen failing to record a sufficient time and the Red Bull star will now start from 11th on the grid.

Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat and Alexander Albon were in 12th and 14th place, respectively. Antonio Giovinazzi did well for 13th for Alfa Romeo, out-qualifying his teammate Kimi Raikkonen for the first time this season. Romain Grosjean was in 15th for Haas.

Racing Point suffered a setback with home favourite Lance Stroll going out in Q1 in 18th, while Sergio Perez was 16th, just missing out a place in Q2 behind Giovinazzi by seven-hundredths.

Raikkonen finished 17th after a difficult weekend, failing to get out of Q1 for the first time since the Austrian Grand Prix in 2015.

Williams, who have endured a torrid start to their season, proved to be still well off the pace. George Russell was in 19th, while his teammate Robert Kubica, at the scene of his only F1 victory back in 2008, crossed the line in 20th, both were over a second behind their nearest competitors.

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Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton is set to receive a boost in his quest for the world championship, with Mercedes to unleash an upgraded engine for this week’s Canadian Grand Prix.

Hamilton’s peerless Mercedes team have dominated the new campaign, finishing first and second at all but one of the opening six rounds.

The Briton, with four victories under his belt, is 17 points clear of team-mate Valtteri Bottas and 55 ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the championship standings.

And world champions Mercedes are poised to strike another blow to their rivals with the planned introduction of their first fresh engine of the season at Montreal’s high-powered Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Mercedes will be the last of the front-running manufacturers to introduce its new-specification power unit this year, with Ferrari and the Honda-powered Red Bull team having already introduced their first updates in Spain and Azerbaijan respectively.

Drivers are only permitted to use three engines without penalty throughout the 21-round campaign.

The good news for Hamilton comes in stark contrast to the troubles at Ferrari.

Vettel has not won a race since last August’s Belgian Grand Prix, a streak of 14 rounds, and Ferrari’s under-fire team boss Mattia Binotto provided a rather bleak assessment of their chances.

“We know we’re not competitive enough right now and, for the time being, we haven’t got any more changes coming on the car that will have a significant effect on the problems we have encountered since the start of the season,” he said.

“We arrive here ready to do our best and to put the mistakes of the last few races behind us.”

Hamilton has won three of the last four races staged in Canada and will match Michael Schumacher’s record of seven wins there with another triumph on Sunday.

The world champion, 34, who last weekend flew to New York via a stop-over at Mercedes’ Northamptonshire factory following Niki Lauda’s funeral in Vienna, will face the media in Montreal on Thursday.

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