If Formula 1 (F1) needs a scenario to enliven a season dominated by Mercedes, they certainly have it at the Canadian Grand Prix. The penalty for Vettel in Canada GP is a testimony.
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Lewis Hamilton won his fifth victory in seven stages this year and Mercedes’ winning series continued to last after Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who seemed to win, was fined 5 seconds for dangerous driving. The one who laughed in Vettel’s pain was none other than Hamilton, and therefore, the 78th victory in the career of the British racer, helping him get closer to the sixth world title, became one of the most controversial thing.
The moment that caused a social media storm and provoked the sulk from Vettel after the race – he initially refused to go to the podium before being comforted by officials, and then leave the interview. midway – happened in round 48.
Vettel led the race from the start, after winning a pole on Saturday, his first time in 17 races. However, Hamilton is not moderate. After entering the pit-stop, the Mercedes started chasing the German driver, shortening Vettel’s 5-second lead to less than a second in 10 laps.
In the other nine laps, Hamilton continued to exert pressure by keeping the distance within 1 second with the Ferrari. And then Vettel made a mistake.
The German racer in the 3/4 bend is too fast, the whole car gets on the grass and enters the track. When Vettel did so, he lost control and drove the car to the side of the track. It is worth mentioning that Vettel almost knocked Hamilton’s head off when the British driver was cornering properly, before being pressed by Vettel to the divider.
Canadian developments at the Grand Prix will definitely prolong the debate. However, the key point is that this is not the first time Vettel is in a situation of being under the pressure of the race. This is even a problem for the German driver in the last two years or more, when he and Ferrari have sought a hopeless solution to prevent Hamilton and Mercedes.
Last year, Vettel made five important driving mistakes, the errors slowly took away his chances of competing for the championship that he could at least maintain to the final stages, and could have won if those errors do not occur.
This year, after 7 stages, Vettel made 2 mistakes. An error in the race with Hamilton in Bahrain, and now in Montreal. People can agree with the penalty or not, but everything will be fine if Vettel makes no mistakes that lead to controversy.
This year is not last year. However, while Mercedes has won all seven stages, in fact, three of them are likely to belong to Ferrari – if Charles Leclerc’s engine does not encounter problems in the final rounds in Bahrain, Leclerc did not meet ears. in qualifying in Azerbaijan and Vettel are not penalized in Canada.
Even if Ferrari could improve the car to challenge Mercedes in every race, Vettel could not expect to beat an opponent of the same level Hamilton had achieved in the past three years if he could not find a way limit those mistakes.