Hamilton wins controversial Canadian Grand Prix after Vettel penalty

Lewis Hamilton won a controversial Canadian Grand Prix to extend his lead in the world championship as a five-second time penalty denied Sebastian Vettel a first Formula One win of the season.

The decisive moment came on lap 48 when Vettel, who was leading the race and seemingly on course for victory having started on pole, ran wide at turn four and re-joined the track via the grass, only just avoiding pushing Hamilton into the wall.

Race stewards ruled against Vettel and handed him a time penalty for an unsafe re-entry, meaning the Mercedes driver just had to stay fewer than five seconds behind, which he duly did to claim victory despite being the second man across the line.

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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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"They are stealing the race from us," protested Vettel on team radio after being informed of the decision. "I had nowhere to go, I didn't see him. You go to the grass and you come back, where the hell are you supposed to go?"

Vetttel's Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc finished third as he closely followed the drama at the front, but a double podium will only be slim consolation to Ferrari as Mercedes made it seven straight wins in 2019.

In a race of damage limitation, Valtteri Bottas was fourth having dropped to seventh on the first lap, eventually overcoming the Renaults of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg, who were sixth and seventh.

The Finn also claimed a point for the fastest lap, but the result meant Hamilton – who earlier held off Leclerc to preserve second position on the first corner – increased his advantage over his Mercedes colleague to 29 points.

Max Verstappen started ninth and his patient game of starting on the hard tyres plus stopping later than the other contenders worked as he improved to end the race fifth, ahead of the Renaults and team-mate Pierre Gasly.

That was still the Dutchman's worst result of the season so far, with Gasly eighth in the other Red Bull followed by Lance Stroll – in his home grand prix – and Daniil Kvyat in the final points positions.

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