Lewis Hamilton inherited victory at the Canadian Grand Prix after Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who finished first on track, was handed a five-second time penalty for unsafely rejoining the circuit.
Vettel started from pole and retained the lead throughout the opening stint. Mercedes’ Hamilton was close behind in second.
With the status quo maintained through the pitstop phase, Hamilton started to apply pressure to Vettel once the two fitted the harder medium tyres.
On lap 46 of 70, Vettel lost control of his car with a snap of oversteer on the entry to Turn 3. Cutting across the grass, Vettel rejoined and as Hamilton attempted to pass the Ferrari around the outside, he was squeezed towards the wall.
Vettel was deemed to have rejoined the circuit in an unsafe manner and handed a five-second time penalty. Unable to extend the lead beyond 2.5 seconds throughout the remainder of the race, Vettel ended up second behind eventual winner Hamilton.
After the race, Vettel failed to follow parc ferme procedure choosing to head back to his team’s hospitality unit before eventually returning to take to the podium.
It is the first time that a race win has been taken away from a driver by a stewards decision since Hamilton was stripped of victory at the 2008 Belgian Grand Prix.
Hamilton’s participation in the race was in question during the morning when his team needed to fix a hydraulic leak within his car’s powerunit. With the issue fixed with 10 minutes to spare before the pitlane opened, Hamilton’s race was ultimately unaffected.
Charles Leclerc started and finished in third. He did extend his opening stint further than Vettel and Hamilton, but slipped out of contention through the pitstop cycle.
Leclerc did close up to the lead duo in the closing stages but ended up one-second behind the penalised Vettel.
Valtteri Bottas finished 51 seconds off the lead in fourth. After starting sixth, he lost time in the opening stages behind Nico Hulkenberg after being jumped by the Renault at the start.
Making up ground through the pitstop phase, Bottas eventually gained enough time to make a second stop with four laps to go in order to pinch the bonus point for fastest lap.
Max Verstappen recovered from ninth on the grid to finish in fifth. Starting on the hard tyres and dropping behind Daniel Ricciardo – who started in fourth – and Hulkenberg after his pitstop, Verstappen scythed passed the pair on his fresh rubber.
Red Bull team-mate Pierre Gasly was lapped and finished in eighth.
Lance Stroll started in 17th at his home race. On the hard tyre the Racing Point driver extended his opening stint to lap 46, pitting from eighth place and emerging in 10th.
Closing in on Carlos Sainz Jr’s McLaren in the closing stages, Stroll utilised DRS to cruise passed the Spaniard and was immediately followed by Daniil Kvyat, who pinched the final point for Toro Rosso.