Furious Sebastian Vettel MOVES 1st place sign away from Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes car as Ferrari driver accuses stewards of ‘stealing’ Canadian Grand Prix from him after time penalty
- Sebastian Vettel was left furious after he had race victory taken away from him
- The German was slapped with a five-second time penalty which saw him lose
- Lewis Hamilton was booed on the podium as the two stood in the first place spot
- Moments earlier Vettel had swapped the No 1 and No 2 bollards to suit his result
- Vettel has not won a race this year and he accused stewards of ‘stealing’ off him
Sebastian Vettel was left furious yesterday after a controversial time penalty saw victory taken away from him for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix.
The German crossed the line first in Montreal after the 70-lap race but was handed a five-second time penalty for squeezing his British rival Lewis Hamilton towards the wall on Lap 48.
He refused to park his car in the position allocated to him on the podium and stormed off before later reemerging to angrily swap the No 1 and No 2 signs, so as to reflect victory for himself and second place for Hamilton.
A furious Sebastian Vettel moved a 1st place sign after he saw victory taken off him in Canada
The German refused to park his car in the trio of spots but rearranged signs to reflect his result
He was quickly consoled by colleagues at Ferrari but remained punchy in his press conference
Post-race events were awkward as Lewis Hamilton, who won the race, was roundly booed
Still convinced he was the worthy winner in Montreal, Vettel even took a step up to the No 1 position on the podium as he continued to feel aggrieved at missing out on his first race victory of the season.
It was reported late on Sunday night that Ferrari intend to lodge an appeal over the five-second time penalty despite sporting regulations making any team’s appeal redundant following the race.
The Italian team now has 96 hours to gather evidence, on-board data and collate all of their information in a bid to present findings to the FIA on behalf of their aggrieved driver.
‘I love my racing, I am a purist, I love going back and looking at old times,’ Vettel told reporters in a press conference after the race.
Vettel looked to make a statement at the end as he pushed his car away from its parking spot
It was tough for both drivers as Hamilton (right) put his arm around Vettel as he processed it all
Vettel emerged for the podium and stood alongside Hamilton (middle) in the No 1 spot
‘The wording when people come on the radio we sort of have an official language and it is wrong. We should be able to say what we think but we can’t. I don’t like the way the sport is now. It is wrong. It’s racing, it’s common sense. If there is a hazard on track you slow down.
‘I think Lewis obviously, as I said, I re-joined the track and had to react, I don’t know how close he was. For me, that’s racing and a lot of the people I mentioned earlier, the old F1 drivers, would agree this is part of racing.
‘Nowadays we all sound a bit like lawyers and it gives no edge to people or the sport. Ultimately it is not the sport I grew up watching and loving.’
Vettel refused to park his car in the No 2 spot as he jumped out of the cockpit to push it back away from where he needed to be, leaving that spot blank when Hamilton and Leclerc arrived.
Having rejoined Hamilton and team-mate Charles Leclerc in the podium cool-down room moments before the podium, the trio shared an awkward exchange where the race winner tried to concede he had nothing to do with the decision.
The big moment came on Lap 48 when Vettel, heading into Turn 3, lost grip on his rear tyres and ran off onto the grass, before quickly returning to the racing line and keeping Hamilton behind him.
The Ferrari leader lost grip heading into the turn on his rear tyres and ended up on the grass
He quickly regathered his composure and returned on the track as Hamilton sensed the lead
But the Mercedes man failed to nip in front of Vettel and found himself squeezed to the wall
It is against the rules for a driver to go off track and immediately return on to the racing line
Vettel was left apoplectic that the stewards deemed the manouvere worthy of investigation and then further dismayed when he was penalised given he felt he had nowhere else to go on track.
The red edge to the wall reads ‘close to the edge’ and Hamilton felt that was the case as he later insisted he would have taken the lead had Vettel not returned to the track on the wide racing line closest to the wall.
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff threw his arms into the air as he felt the move was illegal and that the Ferrari driver should have conceded first place to Hamilton.
‘I had nowhere to go…Where the hell am I supposed to go? I had grass on my wheels. They are stealing the race from us,’ Vettel said over his team radio after the news was relayed to him about the time penalty.
He later added: ‘No, no, no. You need to be an absolute blind man to go through the grass and control the car. This is not fair.’
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff was left furious with the antics of Vettel as he watched on
The tension was clear in the cool-down room after the race as Vettel justified his manouvere