Ferrari loses on a Canadian GP triumph following a controversial decision from race direction. Lewis Hamilton takes the win after Sebastian Vettel suffers a 5-second time penalty, while Leclerc takes P3.
Lights out for Ferrari at the Canadian GP
The Canadian GP weekend proved to be quite an improvement for the Prancing Horse, after the SF90 struggles. Topping the timing sheets in FP2 and FP3, the team managed to get the first pole position of the season with a stunning drive from Sebastian Vettel. As lights go out in Montreal, the first four positions stay unchanged and the German holds back long-time rival Hamilton, in P2. The race sees some moments worth noting out in the midfield. A phenomenal Norris overtakes Verstappen for P8, before suffering a suspension failure on lap 11. Sergio Perez gives us a show of the art of overtaking on multiple occasions. Ricciardo brilliantly defends his position from Bottas’s superior Mercedes. But everything is overshadowed in the aftermath of lap 48.
A controversial race
Sebastian Vettel, leading from Lewis Hamilton in a tense on-track duel, loses his SF90 between Turn 8 and 9 and goes into the grass. While re-entering the track, he cannot benefit from full control of the vehicle, as tyres are dirty, and closes in on Lewis Hamilton without making contact or causing a collision. Twenty laps later, race direction hands out a five-second time penalty, effectively ending the hopes of a first 2019 for a furious Sebastian Vettel.
The episode proves immediately controversial, as the majority of the public opinion does not believe the penalty to be justified. Drama follows in post-race, as Sebastian Vettel refuses to park his car in the P2 stands and switches the signs. Hamilton shows solidarity with the Ferrari driver, by having him standing on the podium in P1 and not attending the post-race press conference. But, matter of fact, the Brit takes 25 points, while the German has to settle for 18. Today’s race will surely create an interesting precedent in stewards’ decisions.