Hamilton takes controversial win in Canada after Vettel penalty


FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 26, 2019 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the Monaco Grand Prix after the race REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File Photo

MONTREAL (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix for Mercedes in controversial fashion on Sunday after Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel crossed the finish line first but was handed a five-second penalty.

The victory was championship leader Hamilton’s record-equaling seventh in Montreal and a seventh in seven races this season for Mercedes.

“That is not the way naturally I wanted to win,” said Hamilton over the radio.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finished third, behind Vettel.

Writing by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Clare Fallon

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