There was drama during the Canadian Grand Prix 2019 as race leader Sebastian Vettel almost collided with championship leader Lewis Hamilton. Vettel was seriously struggling with poor brakes when he suddenly went wide across the grass.
Lewis Hamilton attempted to pass the recovering Ferrari but found himself cut off by the German and almost forced into the wall. Needless to say, Hamilton was unimpressed and radioed his team to complain. Following an FIA investigation, Vettel was slapped with a 5-second time penalty. A number of fans, and Vettel himself were extremely unhappy about it.
Sebastian Vettel would later cross the finish line first, but in reality, Lewis Hamilton won the race. Fortunately, Vettel was able to keep 2nd as teammate, Charles LeClerc was too far behind
The scene was almost reminiscent of the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix, when Sebastian Vettel slid wide from the lead, to allow Jenson Button to snatch a last gasp win. The only difference was that the heavens stayed dry for the 2019 edition.
As a result of the penalty, a number of fans vented their frustration on social media.
Lewis. Seb. 30 laps. Less than a second. pic.twitter.com/IMWxlJG2o3
— Will Buxton (@wbuxtonofficial) June 9, 2019
WATCH: How close was this?! ??
Sebastian Vettel almost collides into Lewis Hamilton after running wide at the chicane!
The stewards are investigating the incident.
Does Vettel deserve a penalty?
— Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) June 9, 2019
Vettel got a 5s time penalty. FUCK THAT
— tami. (@Vetteleclerc) June 9, 2019
It seems @F1 stewards just killed the sport…. race robbery happening there! Or they just want sissy racing? Wow just wow it seems the stewards are @MercedesAMGF1 fans…. @ScuderiaFerrari should retire the car in protest…. rigged race #f1 #f1stewardsaremercedesfans
— BAST (@bsantan2) June 9, 2019
Terrible call that ruined the race for everybody. Shame! ??
— Hiram Bingham (@Hiram_Bingham) June 9, 2019
— Sir John?? (@MKJohn254) June 9, 2019
I'm a Mercedes fan and I say that 5 second penalty is NOT fair.
These stewards are WRONG!.
— ??ℯ??_????ℯ (@Grems_Place) June 9, 2019
FORMULA MERCEDES STRIKE AGAIN!!!!!!
— Giovanny (@arlesgiovanny) June 9, 2019
Give the tittle to your favourite driver Lewis Hamilton
— Dago Gomez Puentes (@DagoGomez28) June 9, 2019
As someone who started watching F1 in the 70s this has sickened me. I think it’s disgraceful. I feel like I’m done with this sport.
— Dawn (@Vegas21) June 9, 2019
— Damien Cross (@DC_F1) June 9, 2019
— WikiSpeed (@Wiki_Speed) June 9, 2019
— Arun Ram (@arunr_ram) June 9, 2019
— Maz Al-Samadi (@mazalsamadi) June 9, 2019
To all the Dutch F1 tokkies calling FIA the “Ferrari International Assistance” never ever dare to say that again after this race. Bye.
— jaco (@jacobinevdb) June 9, 2019
Not my decision for the penaly but i do think he entered the track dangerously and the stewards seem to agree
— Super Ally Black (@DJ_BLITZE) June 9, 2019