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Hamilton tells Vettel: You're supposed to return to the track safely

Hamilton tells Vettel: You're supposed to return to the track safely

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Hamilton tells Vettel: You're supposed to return to the track safely

Hamilton tells Vettel: You're supposed to return to the track safely

Lewis Hamilton explained why he felt Sebastian Vettel had been handed a damaging five-second penalty at the Canadian Grand Prix, adding that the German wasn't supposed to return to the racing line so quickly after exiting the track.

Vettel, under pressure from Hamilton in behind, lost the back end of his car and left the track, before regaining control and swerving into the path of the Brit, who was forced to slam on the brakes to avoid a collision.

The incident was referred to the stewards who handed Vettel a five-second penalty meaning that despite the fact that he took the chequered flag, it was Hamilton's victory.

Speaking to Martin Brundle post-race, Hamilton said: "A big thank you to my team, incredible effort from everyone.

"It's absolutely not the way I wanted to win, I was pushing to the end to try and get past, I forced him into an error and he went a bit wide, but then I had the run on that corner and we nearly collided. It was fortunate, but this is my race.

"I took the corner normally. When you come back on the track you're not supposed to come back to the racing line. You're supposed to come on safely.

"Physically, I'm destroyed, it was such a tough race."

Hamilton then later was subjected to boos from the Montreal fans angry at the decision against Vettel, and he told Brundle: "I didn't make the decision - I don't know why they are booing me."

Vettel then leapt to Hamilton's defence, urging the fans to direct their annoyance at the decision, and not at Lewis for collecting the win.

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