Defiant Vettel stuns Canada crowd by moving P2 sign to Hamilton's car

Sebastian Vettel ensured the post-race scenes at the Canadian Grand Prix were far from standard.

The angry Ferrari driver, belatedly arriving to attend the podium after complaining to the stewards immediately after Sunday's race, moved the P2 sign to winner Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes car in parc ferme, and took the P1 marker for himself.

Vettel's show of defiance came after a controversial decision to hand the German a five-second time penalty cost him what looked set to be a first race win of the Formula One season in Montreal, forcing him to settle for second place.

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MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 09: Second placed Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari swaps the number boards at parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 09: Second placed Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari swaps the number boards at parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
9th June 2019, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Formula 1 Grand Prix of Canada, Race day; Scuderia Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel unhappy with his penalty changes the second place board to be in front of Lewis Hamiltons car (photo by Octane/Action Plus via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 09: Second placed Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari swaps the number boards at parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 09: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF90 leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 09: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 09: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 09: Second placed Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari swaps the number boards at parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 09: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
9th June 2019, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Formula 1 Grand Prix of Canada, Race day; Scuderia Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel leads the race start from Hamilton and Leclerc (photo by Octane/Action Plus via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 09: Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR14 Honda on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 09: Daniil Kvyat driving the (26) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR14 Honda on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 09: Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 09: Valtteri Bottas driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 09: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 09: Daniil Kvyat driving the (26) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR14 Honda on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 09: A general view of the formation lap during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 09: A general view of the start during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 09: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF90 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 09: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 09: Alexander Albon of Thailand and Scuderia Toro Rosso looks on as the drivers stand for the national anthem during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 09: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP waves to the crowd on the drivers parade before the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 09: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 09: Pierre Gasly of France and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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The Ferrari fans in attendance were loving it at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve when Vettel placed the P1 sign where his car should have been parked and he gave the crowd a cheeky grin and a wave as he marched up to join Hamilton and team-mate Charles Leclerc, who finished third on the podium.

The decisive moment had come on lap 48 when Vettel, who was in control despite pressure from Hamilton after starting from pole position for the first time in 17 races, ran wide at turn four and re-joined the track via the grass, only just avoiding pushing the Briton into the wall.

Race stewards ruled against Vettel and handed him a time penalty for an unsafe re-entry, deeming Hamilton had needed to take evasive action.

It meant Hamilton just had to stay fewer than five seconds behind to claim the win, which he duly did – earning his fifth win of the season and Mercedes' seventh in a row.

"They are stealing the race from us," protested Vettel after learning of the verdict, which meant he did not win despite being the first man to the chequered flag.

Hamilton briefly allowed Vettel to share the top step of the podium with him, in acknowledgement of the Ferrari man's performance.

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