Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton has taken a lucky seventh Canadian Grand Prix win, equalling Michael Schumacher’s record - the 5-time F1 World Champion inheriting the win after Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel went off at Turn 4 on Lap 48. The stewards deeming his return to the track in the lead “unsafe,” for which he was handed a controversial 5-second time penalty.
“Naturally, it’s absolutely not the way I wanted to win,” Hamilton said.
“I was pushing to the end to try and get past, but obviously I forced him into an error. He went a bit wide, but I had the run on that corner and we nearly collided. So it’s unfortunate, but that’s motor racing.”
Vettel had to be forced to join the podium, the 4-time F1 World Champion almost unconsolable after leading the majority of the race - the 100th time he’s done that in his career. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc completed the rostrum.
It’s now a 2-week break until 2019’s first back-to-back race in France and then Austria.
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Here’s how the 2019 FORMULA 1 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX played-out lap-by-lap:
Seven races in, and Mercedes has dominated withs six-straight wins, five of those one-two results. So we’ve got the grid F1 needs, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel taking his 55th pole position - his second-straight in Canada, his first for 2019 and first for 17 races, his SF90’s straight-line speed giving him the edge. Alongside him on the front row is Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who had an engine hydraulic leak in the hours leading up to the race start. Nine World Championships between them, and just 159 metres from pole down to the apex of Turn 1.
Behind the two titans on the front row, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc - who can play the rear gunner to his teammate, if he can get ahead of Hamilton off the start. Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo starts fourth, his best slot for Renault - and the team’s best since Japan 2010. His teammate, Nico Hulkenberg starts seventh. The German outqualified for the sixth time this year.
Starting fifth, it’s Pierre Gasly, who had to hold the flag for Red Bull Racing yesterday in qualifying - after teammate Max Verstappen’s final soft tyre lap was ruined by the wall of champions shunt of Haas’ Kevin Magnussen (who will start from the pit lane after he took a new chassis). The Dutchman starts in ninth, after McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was penalised three places (down to P11) for impeding Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon (P13). Gasly is ahead of Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes, who had a scrappy qualifying session.
Completing the top-10, it’s Lando Norris - who edged ahead of Sainz in the head-to-head battle in Canada - taking him 4-3 now. The British rookie proving very impressive. Toro Rosso Daniil Kvyat starts 10th, rising up after Sainz’s grid penalty. Starting further back, it’s Alfa Romeo Racing’s Antonio Giovinazzi in 12th - the Italian out-qualifying his teammate for the second time this year. Kimi Raikkonen starting down in P16, between the two Racing Point cars, who were eliminated in Q1. The pair having a torrid weekend so far.
We’re expecting a one-stop strategy, but it is marginal - with those starting on the softs expected to stop between laps 12-18, before moving onto the hards. The medium starters going longer with the first stint, the window between laps 17-25. A two-stop, going from the soft onto the hard, then back onto the medium - could see a first stop as early as laps 6-12 and then laps 49-58. The time lost in the pit lane for a stop under green flag conditions is 17-seconds. It’s going to be a dry race, no threat of rain. But there’s been nine safety cars in the last 10 races in Canada, so anything can happen in Montreal with the barriers in close proximity.
It’s a mixed grid in terms of tyres, with Vettel, Hamilton and Leclerc on the mediums. Ricciardo in P4 and Gasly in P5 start on softs, Bottas in P6 is on mediums. Then Hulkenberg and Norris in P7 and P8 are on the softs. Verstappen starts on hards in P9, then Kvyat in P10 on mediums. Sainz in P11 is the last on the softs. Then it’s Giovinazzi (P12), Stroll (P17) and Magnussen (pit lane) on the hards. The rest are on the mediums. Hamilton very slow away from the grid, with the anti-stall kicking in, but he is able to get back to his slot. Team tells him he doesn’t have an issue.
Polesitter Vettel gets a great start, and Hamilton slots into second, ahead of Leclerc. Ricciardo retains P4, while Gasly stays P5. Hulkenberg is up to P6 ahead of Bottas. Verstappen is up to P8, drops back to P9 after Norris pass him at the chicane.
Albon in pits, new front wing after being squeezed between Perez and Giovinazzi. Vettel leads Hamilton by 1.1 seconds, then it’s Leclerc.
Vettel sets the fastest lap, a 1:17.197. He’s 1.6 seconds up on Hamilton, the Brit four tenths slower on that last lap - and that gap is widening.
Another fastest lap for Vettel, a 1:16.846 - he’s 1.7 seconds up on Hamilton. Sainz pits, onto the hards - 3.9 second stop, right rear slow to go on.
Vettel is building his lead, 1.9 seconds up on Hamilton - as Leclerc sets the fastest lap, a 1:16.826. The Monegasque is 1.7 seconds behind Hamilton. Ricciardo is 3.8 seconds behind the Ferrari in P4. Gasly within a second of the Australian. Top-three doing 1:16.8s.
Verstapenn in P9 is hounding Norris, 0.5 seconds the gap. Vettel is now 2-seconds ahead of Hamilton, as he sets the fastest lap, a 1:16.535. Verstappen takes Norris for P8 into the final chicane.
Vettel up front, 2.2 seconds ahead of Hamilton. Verstappen has now set his sights on Bottas ahead, 1.2 seconds the gap.
Gasly pits from P5, he’s onto the hards - 2.3 second stop. Hamilton has done a personal best lap - he’s 2.3 seconds behind Vettel. So order is Vettel, Hamilton, Leclerc, Ricciardo and Hulkenberg - as Ricciardo pits from P4.
Ricciardo onto the hards, 3-second stop. Norris has a right rear problem, must have hit the wall - and comes down the pit straight, brakes on fire as he stops on the pit entry apron.
Vettel leads Hamilton by 2.4 seconds. Then it’s Leclerc, Hulkenberg, Bottas, Verstappen, Kvyat, Perez, Stroll and Giovinazzi closes out the top-10. Ricciardo in P11 is ahead of Gasly after the stops.
Verstappen in P6 is all over Bottas, as he has a little look at the chicane. Yellow flags still out for Norris, with the replays showing he didn’t hit the wall - brakes setting fire to the rear suspension.
Vettel leads Hamilton by 2.3 seconds. Leclerc is 4.4 seconds behind in P3, then Hulkenberg is 12-seconds behind in P4. The leaders are going through traffic.
Hamilton was faster on that last lap, 0.5 seconds faster - he’s the only one in the top-10 in the 1:16s. 2.5 seconds the gap to leader Vettel.
Bottas in P5 is under pressure from Verstappen. He’s 21-secs behind the leader. Will we see a lunge from the Dutchman? He has nothing to lose. The Ferraris are responding to Hamilton’s pace.
Replays showed Kvyat passing Magnussen around the outside at Turn 1. Then Perez doing the same into Turn 8.
Vettel up front, 2.5 seconds ahead of Hamilton. The top-six are still to pit.
Hulkenberg pits from P4, onto the hards - and 2.7 second stop. So top-five is now Vettel, Hamilton, Leclerc, Bottas and Verstappen. Ricciardo in P6, ahead of his teammate Hulkenberg.
Leclerc in P3 has set the fastest lap, a 1:16.533 - as the top-three pick up the pace, all into the 1:16s.
Vettel now just 1.7 seconds ahead of Hamilton, who has picked up the pace - the Brit six tenths up on Vettel on that last lap. But Vettel will respond.
Vettel responds, the gap back to 2.1 seconds. Traffic affecting their battle at this stage. Vettel told Plan B, which would mean a two-stop race.
Verstappen locking up at the hairpin. Leclerc told he’s on Plan B as well. Is the Scuderia playing games with Mercedes, in trying to force their hand?
Leclerc sets the fastest lap, a 1:16.515 - he’s in P3, 3.3 seconds behind Hamilton. Bottas tells his engineers the rear is quite weak, might be better on hard tyres.
Vettel leads Hamilton by 1.8 seconds, with Leclerc in P3 - 3.1 seconds behind. 5-seconds covering the top-three. But then it’s 17-seconds back to Bottas in P4.
Hamilton looking strong, is the Brit just biding his time? Hulkenberg says he’s having gearbox issues, problem with the upshifts.
Vettel just 1.6 seconds ahead of Hamilton. The German told to push now, ahead of a potential stop.
Hamilton says he doesn’t have much grip in his medium tyres - as Vettel pits.
Hamilton released. Vettel onto the hards, 2.7 second stop. He gets out ahead of a trail of car headed by Albon. Hamilton told it’s Hammer Time!
Hamilton goes through for another lap, the team says they don’t have the gap so they’re going to extend a bit. He’s 2.2 seconds ahead of Leclerc in P2, then Vettel - who is 15.3 seconds behind (17-seconds needed for a clean stop). Hamilton told tyres are finished.
Hamilton pits from the lead, he’s onto the hards - 2.4 second stop there. Vettel sets the fastest lap, a 1:15.333. Hamilton ahead of Bottas in P3 and he’s 4.4 seconds behind Vettel.
So it’s Leclerc leading Vettel, then Hamilton and Bottas. Verstappen is in P5. Leclerc told he’s going long, keep up the pace. Bottas told to box. As Replays show Giovinazzi spinning at Turn 2 on Lap 27.
Bottas pits from P6, he’s onto the hards - 3.2 seconds the stop. Left rear slow to go on. And retains his place.
Perez passes Grosjean for P13 at Turn 1, making light contact on the inside.
Bottas in P6 is chasing down Ricciardo. Hamilton in P3 has set a personal best lap.
Leclerc pits from the lead. He’s onto the hards, 2.3 second stop. Very quick there, he exits in P4 - behind Verstappen. Ricciardo wide at the chicane, Bottas can’t make it stick at the chicane.
Hamilton sets the fastest lap, a 1:15.234. He’s 3-seconds behind leader Vettel. Leclerc passes Verstappen down the back straight and he’s up to P3.
Bottas still all over Ricciardo. Hamilton has clawed the gap to Vettel down to 2.5 seconds. Bottas trying on the moves on Ricciardo, but backmarker Russell given Ricciardo DRS.
Vettel leads Hamilton by just 2.1 seconds, the Brit closing the gap up front all the time.
Vettel just 1.9 seconds up on Hamilton. Ricciardo in P5 is still ahead of Bottas. But the Finn gets ahead with a strong move into the chicane. What a battle!
Vettel just 1.2 seconds up on Hamilton now. This battle is just heating up.
Hamilton is now within DRS range, 0.8 seconds the gap. This is what we want to see. Only the top-12 are on the lead lap. Hamilton has gone wide at the hairpin.
Vettel just 1-second ahead, after Hamilton’s mistake - and he replicates it on that lap too.
Vettel sets the fastest lap, a 1:15.208 - he’s 1.3 seconds ahead of Hamilton now.
Vettel 1.1 seconds up on Hamilton, and under fire. It’s the 100th race Vettel has led in F1. Verstappen in P4 is yet to pit, says his brake pedal is almost on the floor.
Vettel dipping in and out of DRS reach, he’s 1-second up on Hamilton now. As Bottas sets the fastest lap, a 1:15.046.
Vettel 1.1 seconds up on Hamilton. Vettel told the numbers on the steering wheel are correct, perhaps pertaining to brakes or fuel. Bottas sets another fastest lap, a 1:14.933.
Hamilton is now within a second of Vettel. Stroll pits from P8, releasing Gasly and Sainz.
The leaders are going through traffic, and this battle is on a knife edge. Hamilton wide at the hairpin again, but he’s got DRS still.
The lead pair are within one second, as Vettel goes wide at the first chicane - runs over Turn 4. Hamilton stays behind, says it was a dangerous rejoining. Verstappen pits from P4, the last to pit. He’s onto the mediums. And exits in P7 behind Hulkenberg.
Vettel remains ahead of Hamilton, with Kvyat getting in the way into the final chicane - handing Vettel some breathing space.
Hamilton back into DRS range, as the stewards look at Vettel’s rejoining.
Vettel just 0.7 seconds ahead of Hamilton. Verstappen passes Hulkenberg for P6 down the back straight.
Hamilton in DRS range, 0.8 seconds the gap - the pair duelling beautifully. Hamilton locks up at the chicane yet again.
Hamilton has dropped back, 1.4 seconds the gap to Vettel. As the German sets the fastest lap, a 1:14.903. Verstappen has passed Ricciardo for P5.
Vettel is 1.6 seconds up on Hamilton. Bottas sets the fastest lap, a 1:14.895.
Magnussen says this is the worst experience I’ve ever had in any race car, ever! Team principal Guenther Steiner says it’s enough, after his engineer says the team stayed up all night. Something wrong down at Haas. The top-eight are the only ones on the lead lap.
Hamilton 1.6 seconds behind Vettel. The Mercedes really has dropped back, even though he’s just two tenths slower on that last lap.
Hamilton sets a personal best lap, he’s into the 1:14.9s.
Vettel has been given a 5-second time penalty for an unsafe re-entry and forcing another driver off the track. He’s got 12-laps to build a 5-second gap. The German sets the fastest lap, a 1:14.875. He’s 2.8 seconds ahead now.
Vettel is 2.8 seconds up on Hamilton. “I had nowhere to go,” Vettel says after being told he has a 5-second time penalty. Leclerc sets the fastest lap, a 1:14.672.
“Have we got any more power? I’ve got dropouts at high speed,” says Hamilton. Raikkonen pits for a second stop. Vettel 2.4 seconds up on Hamilton.
Vettel still disputing the penalty over the radio, saying he had nowhere to go. Hamilton now 1.7 seconds behind the leader.
Hamilton sets a personal best lap, six tenths up on Vettel’s last tour.
Vettel leads Hamilton by 1.5 seconds, with the Brit closing. You can see he wants to pass him on the road. Albon retires, joining Norris.
Vettel now in DRS range of Hamilton. Leclerc sets the fastest lap, a 1:14.356 - as he laps Gasly. Hamilton looking to pass Vettel on the road.
Vettel just 0.7 seconds up on Hamilton.
Hamilton looking very strong, as he closes in on Vettel.
Leclerc closing in on the leading pair. Can he get close enough to take Vettel, after the penalty is applied?
Bottas told to pit, and will go for the fastest lap - with Verstappen more than a pit stop behind. Vettel told to push now. Kvyat passes Sainz down the inside of Turn 1 for P10.
No incentive for Hamilton to pass an aggrieved Vettel, but will he try and do it?
Lap 70 - FINAL LAP:
Hamilton wins a seventh Canadian Grand Prix, equalling Michael Schumacher’s record.
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