Mercedes Lewis Hamilton wins a controversial Canadian GP after Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel is penalised after a mistake by the German. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finishes 3rd as Renault celebrate a double-points finish.
1.Vettel 2.Hamilton 3.Leclerc 4.Ricciardo 5.Gasly 6.Bottas 7.Hulkenberg 8.Norris 9.Verstappen 10.Kvyat 11.Sainz Jr* 12.Giovinazzi 13.Albon 14.Grosjean 15.Perez 16.Raikkonen 17.Stroll 18.Russell 19.Kubica
Sainz Jr* was handed a 3-place grid penalty after impeding Albon during Q1.
Magnussen* will start from the pit-lane.
Daniel Ricciardo, Pierre Gasly, Nico Hulkenberg, Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz Jr will start on the Soft compound tyre with Max Verstappen, Lance Stroll, Kevin Magnussen and Antonio Giovinazzi starting on the Hard compound tyre. Everyone else will start on the Medium tyre.
Finally, it’s come good for Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari. His first pole of the season at a track where he excels in. A crash for Kevin Magnussen at the end of Q2 hampered many drivers lap times including Max Verstappen as the Dutchman was knocked out of Q2 in 11th. A spin for Valterri Bottas in Q3 offset his balance while team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Vettel battled for Pole Position with the German taking his first pole in 17 races.
The lights go out and its a great start by Sebastian Vettel to maintain the lead ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Charles Leclerc pressurises Hamilton but the Brit keeps 2nd. Daniel Ricciardo is in 4th ahead of Pierre Gasly and the fast-starting Nico Hulkenberg who has jumped Valterri Bottas. Lando Norris overtakes the struggling Max Verstappen for 8th place into turn 13. Alexander Albon has lost his front wing after being squeezed between Sergio Perez and Antonio Giovinazzi. The Toro Rosso driver pits at the end of lap 1 for repairs.
Lap 3, Sebastian Vettel leads by 1.8 seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Carlos Sainz Jr pits at the end of lap 3 and goes onto the Hard compound tyre. It’s been a good start by home-favourite Lance Stroll who is in 13th after starting 17th. Lap 6, Max Verstappen overtakes Lando Norris for 8th place before turn 13. Pierre Gasly pits at the end of lap 7, he goes onto the Hard tyre and rejoins in 13th. Daniel Ricciardo pits at the end of lap 8, goes onto the Hard tyre and rejoins 11th. Lando Norris had major damage to his right-rear tyre and suspension. Has he hit the famous “Wall of Champions”?
Norris has parked his McLaren in the pit-lane exit. A replay shows that a rear-brake failure melted his suspension forcing the McLaren to retire spectacular fashion. Lap 13, Sebastian Vettel still leads by 2.5 seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc. After making his early pit-stop, Carlos Sainz Jr is now 12th. Daniil Kvyat has also pitted and rejoined in 14th with Sergio Perez all pitting and rejoining in 15th. At the end of lap 16, Nico Hulkenberg pits, goes onto the Hard and rejoins in 7th ahead of Pierre Gasly.
Lap 24, Valterri Bottas is complaining about the rear of his Mercedes. Nico Hulkenberg is also reporting of strange and worrying noises from his Renault engine. The top 3 are closing in on each other with Ferrari telling Sebastian Vettel to “push now”. Vettel leads Lewis Hamilton by 1.7 seconds with Charles Leclerc pushing hard to catch the pair. Lap 26, Vettel pits from the lead. He goes onto the Hard tyre and rejoins in 3rd. Mercedes tell Hamilton to push hard by saying “It’s Hammer Time”. Mercedes decide not to pit Hamilton so the Brit pushes on.
Lap 28, Lewis Hamilton pits. He goes onto the Hard tyre and rejoins in 3rd just ahead of team-mate Valterri Bottas who hasn’t pitted yet. Lap 30, Antonio Giovinazzi spins at the exit of turn 1 but is able to rejoin the race. Lap 31, Bottas pits from 4th, goes onto the Hard tyre and rejoins in 6th – splitting the Renault pair of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg. Lap 32, Sergio Perez overtakes Romain Grosjean for 13th place into turn 1.
Lap 33, Charles Leclerc pits from the lead of the race. He goes onto the Hard tyre and rejoins just behind Max Verstappen in 4th. Lap 35, Daniel Ricciardo defends his 5th place against Valterri Bottas as Leclerc overtakes Verstappen for 3rd place into turn 13. Lap 38, Sebastian Vettel leads by 1.8 seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton. So, Vettel leads Hamilton, Leclerc, Verstappen, Ricciardo and Bottas. Nico Hulkenberg is in 7th ahead of Lance Stroll, Pierre Gasly and Carlos Sainz Jr.
Lap 39, Valterri Bottas finally overtakes Daniel Ricciardo for 5th into turn 13. Lap 40, Sebastian Vettel leads Lewis Hamilton by 8 tenths of a second. Vettel’s able to breathe a little bit more as Hamilton locks-up into turn 10 as the gap is up to 1.2 seconds. Lap 42, Vettel sets the fastest lap of a 1:15:208 to keep the gap at 1.3 seconds. In the top 10, Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll are yet to make their pit-stop. Lap 46, Stroll finally pits, goes onto the Medium tyre and rejoins in 10th.
The leaders, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, are nip and tuck with 9 tenths separating the pair. Vettel makes a mistake into turn 3. The rear of the Ferrari slides with Vettel catching it but has to take to the grass but rejoins ahead of Hamilton. Hamilton tells his Mercedes team that Vettel rejoining the track was “dangerous”.
Lap 49, Max Verstappen pits. He rejoins in 7th on the Medium tyre. 20 laps to go, everyone has pitted and the leaders are very close together – what will happen. The stewards are investigating the incident between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. Lap 52, Verstappen overtakes Nico Hulkenberg for 6th place before turn 13. Lap 53, Verstappen is now able to overtake Daniel Ricciardo for 5th place before turn 13.
Lap 58, Sebastian Vettel has been handed a 5 second time penalty for leaving the track and forcing another driver off the track. The mission for Vettel now is to build a 5 second lead ahead of Lewis Hamilton to win the race. Vettel, over team radio, is discussing the harsh penalty. Ferrari tell the German to “keep focus”. 8 laps to go and if Vettel can’t build a gap, then the race is basically over.
Lap 63, Alexander Albon retires from the race. He pulls into the pits and his Toro Rosso mechanics push his car into the garage to become the second retirement. Sebastian Vettel can’t build a gap and now team-mate Charles Leclerc is catching the pair and will take 2nd is he keeps going at this pace. Lap 67, Lance Stroll overtakes Carlos Sainz Jr for 9th into turn 13 with Daniil Kvyat overtaking Sainz for 10th into turn 1 on lap 68.
Valterri Bottas pits for a new set of tyres. He’s going for the fastest lap and the bonus point for it. Lap 70, Sebastian Vettel crosses the line but the win is not his, Lewis Hamilton wins the Canadian GP. Bottas takes the bonus point for the fastest lap award.
Amazing scenes! Sebastian Vettel does not park in where he is supposed to with the other podium finishers. He parks with the other finishes of the race and jumps out of the car and heads to the paddock and the Ferrari hospitality. One suspects he is off to see the stewards however, by rule, the penalty cannot be disputed after the race. It looks like Ferrari have persuaded Vettel to go onto the podium. The team and the crowd are behind him. He moves the finishing stands from 1st to Mercedes to the 2nd place board. In the cool-down room, the atmosphere is tense. Wow!
- Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 70 Laps
- Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, +3.658s
- Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, +4.696s
- Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, +51.043s
- Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing Honda, +57.655s
- Daniel Ricciardo, Renault, + 1 Lap
- Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, + 1 Lap
- Pierre Gasly, Red Bull Racing Honda, + 1 Lap
- Lance Stroll, Racing Point BWT Mercedes, + 1 Lap
- Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda, + 1 Lap
- Carlos Sainz Jr, McLaren Renault, + 1 Lap
- Sergio Perez, Racing Point BWT Mercedes, + 1 Lap
- Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari, + 1 Lap
- Romain Grosjean, Haas Ferrari, + 1 Lap
- Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari, + 1 Lap
- George Russell, Williams Mercedes, + 2 Laps
- Kevin Magnussen, Haas Ferrari, + 2 Laps
- Robert Kubica, Williams Mercedes, + 3 Laps
- Alexander Albon, Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda, DNF
- Lando Norris, McLaren Renault, DNF