Vettel, Stroll tangle after checkered flag in bizarre crash (VIDEO)

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Sebastian Vettel’s rollercoaster Malaysian Grand Prix weekend ended in bizarre fashion as he collided with Williams driver Lance Stroll after the checkered flag.

After starting last at Sepang on Sunday, Formula 1 title contender Vettel fought his way back up to fourth place at the finish, ensuring rival Lewis Hamilton only extended his championship lead by six points.

However, Vettel’s car was left with significant damage to its left-rear coming through the second sector at Sepang, with his wheel resting on the rear of his chassis.

Vettel was left fuming by Stroll’s antics, but the video replays made it unclear which driver was to blame. The stewards did confirm they would be investigating the clash in due course.

Vettel was forced to abandon his Ferrari on the track, hitching a lift on Pascal Wehrlein’s Sauber to get back to the pits.

“Very bizarre with the shunt with the Williams. I think he was looking at his wheel,” Vettel told NBCSN after the race.

“I gave enough room. He made contact.”

Giving his side of the story, Stroll said: “I was just shutting off the car on my in lap. He came around the outside and touched me. I’ve never seen anything like that before.”

IMSA results, points, stats package after Sunday at Road America

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Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor delivered Team Penske’s first victory this season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, winning at Road America from the pole position Sunday and moving up to sixth in points after finishing no better than seventh in the first three races this season.

The Team Penske No. 7 Acura DPi led a race-high 48  of 63 laps, including the final four after Castroneves seized a restart to take first from Renger van der Zande, who finished second with Ryan Briscoe in the No. 10 Cadillac DPi.

Other class winners at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, road course were the No. 81 ORECA LMP2 07 of Henrik Hedman and Ben Hanley in LMP2, the No. 3 Corvette C8.R of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor in GTLM and the No. 12 Lexus RC F GT3 of Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo in GTD.

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Here are the race stats, points and results from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Road America:


RESULTS: Click here for the overall finishing order and here for the class breakdown.

POINTS: In the DPi standings, the No. 10 Cadillac of Briscoe and van der Zande leads by six points (124-118) over the No. 5 Cadillac of Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais.

The No. 3 Corvette of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor leads the GTLM standings with 130 points, 10 more than the No. 912 Porsche of Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor.

In GTD, the No. 12 Lexus of Bell and Montecalvo moved into the lead by four points (121-117) over AIM Vasser Sullivan teammates Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz in the No. 14 Lexus.

The No. 38 of Performance Tech Motorsport leads in LMP2.

Click here for the points standings for drivers and teams after Road America.

STATS PACKAGE FOR ROAD AMERICA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Leader sequence

Lap chart

Race analysis by lap

NEXT: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT classes will race Aug. 21-22 at Virginia International Raceway.