He did not want to "win like that": Lewis Hamilton was only second in the finish line of the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday but he did it as a winner, taking advantage of a penalty imposed on Sebastian Vettel after all two failed to hang on.
As a result, the Briton, who recorded his fifth victory in seven races this season, saw his lead at the Formula 1 World Championship increase from 17 to 29 points over Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas, and from 55 to 62 points over Vettel, first on the line but second of the day.
Back to round 48: Hamilton moves in the wake of the German, who started in pole position, when the latter leaves the track at turn 3. Back on the track after a passage in the grass, the Ferrari driver mounts his rival against a low wall.
The commissaires will then estimate that he "joined the track in a dangerous and forced way (Hamilton) to leave", imposing a penalty of 5 seconds.
"No, no, no, not like that!", Said the punished, on his radio, once the race was over. "You have to be blind to think that you can go out on the grass and control where you are going. (…) It's unfair!"
Vettel added that he was not able to see how far his next was.
Subsequently, Vettel moved the "1" sign marking the location of the winning car (Hamilton's) by the one where his own should have been, at the foot of the podium, and placed the "2" sign in front of the British single seater.
"It's a weird feeling, I do not think I've done anything wrong or done anything differently," the German told a news conference.
This issue leaves a taste all the more bitter after a complicated start to the season Ferrari finally had the cards in hand to afford a first win this year. The Scuderia had been deprived of it in Bahrain by a breakdown on the car of Monégasque Charles Leclerc.
On the long straights of the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit in Montreal, the Scuderia had indeed an advantage thanks to its top speed that the German had made speak in qualifying to afford a first pole in 17 races.
"Of course, that's not how I wanted to win," admitted Hamilton. "I pushed to the end to try to overtake him, it's a pity but it's the race, you're not supposed to come back immediately on the track" after an off-piste, did you? he adds.
The Mercedes driver still invited his rival to join him on the top step of the podium.
Leclerc took 3rd place in this Canadian round, ahead of Bottas and Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull), less well placed than usual on the grid (6th and 9th respectively). Bottas also takes the point of the best lap in the race.
Renault's Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Germany's Nico Hülkenberg are keeping their promise of becoming "the best of the others" behind the top three teams, placing 6th and 7th.
France's Pierre Gasly (Red Bull), Canadian Lance Stroll (Racing Point) and Russia's Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) complete the top 10, while the other Tricolore Romain Grosjean (Haas) is 14th.
On the side of the manufacturers, Mercedes, who has won all races this year, is one third of the season 123 ahead of Ferrari and 172 on Red Bull.
Vettel and Ferrari will have the opportunity to take their revenge at the Grand Prix de France on June 23rd.
Overall ranking of the Canadian Grand Prix
1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR / Mercedes) the 305,270 km in 1 hour 29: 07,084
2. Sebastian Vettel (GER / Ferrari) at 3.658 *
3. Charles Leclerc (MON / Ferrari) at 4.696
4. Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Mercedes) to 51.043
5. Max Verstappen (NED / Red Bull Honda) at 57.655
6. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / Renault) at 1 lap
7. Nico Hülkenberg (GER / Renault) 1 lap
8. Pierre Gasly (FRA / Red Bull-Honda) at 1 lap
9. Lance Stroll (CAN / Racing Point-Mercedes) 1 lap
10. Daniil Kvyat (RUS / Toro Rosso-Honda) at 1 lap
11. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP / McLaren-Renault) in 1 lap
12. Sergio Perez (MEX / Racing Point-Mercedes) 1 lap
13. Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA / Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari) in 1 lap
14. Romain Grosjean (FRA / Haas-Ferrari) 1 lap
15. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN / Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari) in 1 lap
16. George Russell (GBR / Williams-Mercedes) 2 laps
17. Kevin Magnussen (DEN / Haas-Ferrari) at 2 laps
18. Robert Kubica (POL / Williams-Mercedes) 3 laps
* Vettel penalized 5 seconds for failing to hook Hamilton back on the track after passing through the grass between turns 3 and 4.
Best lap in race: Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Mercedes) 1: 13.078 on the 69th lap (average: 214.833 km / h)
Lando Norris (GBR / McLaren-Renault): mechanical problem 8th lap
Alexander Albon (THA / Toro Rosso-Honda): mechanical problem 59th lap