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F1: Hamilton wins Canadian GP with help of controversial penalty

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Sebastian Vettel crossed the finish line first in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix, but it was Lewis Hamilton who was credited with the victory.

Vettel started from the pole position and led from start to finish at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, but he was assessed a five second penalty by race officials after an incident on lap 48, which saw Vettel running wide at the Turn 4 chicane and nearly hitting Hamilton’s car as he returned to the track.

With the five second penalty, Hamilton was handed the victory – the seventh for the Mercedes driver in Canada. Vettel was credited with finishing second, followed by Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc in third.

“That’s absolutely not the way I want to win,” Hamilton said following his fifth victory of the season.

“I forced the error and he went wide… we nearly collided, but that’s motor racing.”

Following the checkered flag, Vettel did not park his No. 5 Ferrari alongside Hamilton’s Mercedes in the winner’s circle.

Instead, he came out to pick up and swap the boards that announce the podium driver’s finishing positions – placing the second place board in front of Hamilton’s car and placing the first place board where he was supposed to park his car.

Following the race, some fans in the crowd booed the race result. However, Vettel said he did not believe that any of the boos should be directed at Hamilton.

“The people shouldn’t boo at Lewis,” Vettel said. “I really enjoyed the race and the crowd. Lewis was a bit faster, but we were able to keep him behind. Ask the people what they think.”

Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate, Valterri Bottas, finished fourth, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen picking up fifth as the last driver on the lead lap.

Local favorite Lance Stroll finished 9th for Racing Point after starting 18th.

Alex Albon and Lando Norris were the only two drivers to retire from Sunday’s Grand Prix.

Full race results are below. The next race is the French Grand Prix at Circuit Paul Ricard on June 23.

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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.