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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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