Vettel steals Hamilton's 1st place sign after losing Canadian Grand Prix

A furious Sebastian Vettel moved the first-place sign away from Lewis Hamilton’s car following a controversial end to the Canadian Grand Prix.

Vettel took the chequered flag but after being hit with a five-second penalty for a near-collision with Hamilton on lap 48 he was demoted to second place.

The German, who was leading for the majority of the race, lost control of his car into the turns three and four chicane and was forced to run over the grass.

Vettel rejoined the track still ahead of Hamilton but the Mercedes driver was squeezed towards the wall and needed to ease off the throttle to avoid a collision.

Hamilton crossed the line 1.3 seconds behind Vettel and has now extended his lead at the top of the championship lead to 29 points.

After being told about the stewards’ verdict over the team radio, Vettel fumed: ‘Where the hell was I supposed to go? They are stealing the race from us.’

And speaking after the race, Vettel said: ‘I really love my racing.

‘I’m a purist and I really love looking back at the old times and the old cars, the old drivers, and it’s an honor to meet your heroes in a way.

‘So I really love that. I just wish I was as good at doing what I do, but in their time rather than today.

‘Not just that decision today, but just to hear the wording when people come on the radio that we have now.

‘We have sort of an official language, which I think is wrong.

‘I think we should be able to say what we think; but we cannot. So in this regard, I disagree with the way the sport is now.

‘You have all this wording: ‘I gained an advantage’, ‘I didn’t gain an advantage’, ‘I avoided the collision’ – all this, and I just think it’s wrong.

‘It’s not really what we are doing in the car. It’s racing, it’s common sense. Obviously if there’s a hazard on track you slow down.

‘It’s quite unnatural to keep the pedal to the floor and run into the car and say, ‘It’s wrong that the car was there’.

‘I rejoined and Lewis had to react, I don’t know how close it was.

‘Once I looked in the mirror, he was sort of there, but for me that’s racing and I think the old Formula 1 drivers and the people in the grandstands would agree that’s just part of racing. But nowadays, it’s just… I don’t like it.

‘We all sound like lawyers using an official language. It gives no edge to the people and the sport.

‘It’s not the sport I fell in love with, that I grew up watching.

‘It obviously hurts me today because it impacts my race result, but I think there is more, a bigger criteria.

‘Tomorrow I will just wake up and be disappointed. I think Lewis and myself share great respect and we’ve achieved so much in this sport and we are both very blessed to be in that position.

‘One win up or one win down I don’t think it’s a game changer for us. I’m not happy about all this complaining you see so many times.’

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