A furious Sebastian Vettel accused race stewards of ‘stealing’ a legitimate race win off him as he saw victory taken away from him in Montreal.
The German crossed the line in first but was handed a five-second time penalty for squeezing his rival towards the wall on Lap 48.
And after storming off – refusing to park his car in the positions allocated to those on the podium – Vettel emerged to swap the No 1 and No 2 signs as he continued to show his annoyance at the result.
Still convinced he was the worthy winner in Montreal, Vettel even took a step up to the No 1 position on the podium as he continued to feel aggrieved at missing out on his first race victory of the season.
‘I had nowhere to go…Where the hell am I supposed to go? I had grass on my wheels. They are stealing the race from us,’ Vettel said over his team radio after the news was relayed to him about the time penalty.
He later added: ‘No, no, no. You need to be an absolute blind man to go through the grass and control the car. This is not fair.’
Vettel refused to park his car in the No 2 spot as he jumped out of the cockpit to push it back away from where he needed to be, leaving that spot blank when Hamilton and Leclerc arrived.
Having rejoined Hamilton and team-mate Charles Leclerc in the podium cool-down room moments before the podium, the trio shared an awkward exchange where the race winner tried to concede he had nothing to do with the decision.
Vettel was being pursued doggedly for his thoughts after the podium and he suggested the stewards were damaging the sport by making calls such as the one that cost him victory.
‘People want to see us race and that was racing, I don’t know,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘I hope the people come back because they are the reason we put on this show and drive these incredible cars, it is just a shame.’