Monday, Jun 11 07:45am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Brendon Hartley sent to hospital for precautionary check

Brendon Hartley was sent to hospital for precautionary checks following a high speed crash on the opening lap of the Canadian Grand Prix. 


Unconfirmed reports suggest Hartley might have hit his head against the cockpit protecting halo device or head restraint during the crash. 


UPDATE: Hartley underwent an ECG scan and has been released from hospital 


The 70-lap race was won by Sebastian Vettel who cruised to victory for his third win of the season ahead of Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing.


The German led from lights-to-flag in a comfortable win where he was largely unchallenged. 


It was Vettel's 50th victory in Formula 1, but more importantly, he now leads the championship title race by one point ahead of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton. 


Despite having not finished the Chinese and Monaco Grand Prix earlier this season, it was the first time Hartley was classified as a non-finisher.


Following an investigation the stewards deemed the crash between Hartley and Lance Stroll was a racing incident and neither drivers was to blame.


The crash sequence began when Hartley looked to go around the outside of 13th placed Stroll at turn five. The Canadian got loose and with Hartley alongside him he came across the Kiwi and sent him into the wall.


Pinned between Stroll and the Safer Barrier, Hartley’s car went up the wall and onto its side. The pair were fortunate to get away unscathed; the nose of Hartley’s car got close to Stroll’s cockpit.


“I had a good start and gained a few positions,” Stroll said of the start.


“I was up in 13th and going into turn five I was side-by-side with Brendon, the car got loose on me, I corrected it, but it was too late by the time I corrected it.


“We were side-by-side and I touched him… yeah, there wasn’t enough room for both of us so we went into the wall.”


Stroll said he wasn’t sure whether he had a puncture that might’ve caused him to get loose through turn five.


“I had some contact when I overtook the McLarens, then in turn four Brendon I think touched me a little bit so there potentially could’ve been but I haven’t sat down with the engineers yet to go over it.


“It’s racing, things like that happen. First lap, you’re close, side-by-side, that’s how it goes sometimes.”


The Formula 1 World Championship moves to Circuit Paul Ricard for the French Grand Prix in two weekends time.


Formula 1 World Championship Canadian Grand Prix, results: 


Pos Driver Diff
1 Sebastian Vettel 70 laps
2 Valtteri Bottas +7.376s
3 Max Verstappen +8.360s
4 Daniel Ricciardo +20.892s
5 Lewis Hamilton +21.559s
6 Kimi Räikkönen +27.184s
7 Nico Hulkenberg +1 lap
8 Carlos Sainz +1 lap
9 Esteban Ocon +1 lap
10 Charles Leclerc +1 lap
11 Pierre Gasly +1 lap
12 Romain Grosjean +1 lap
13 Kevin Magnussen +1 lap
14 Sergio Perez +1 lap
15 Marcus Ericsson +2 laps
16 Stoffel Vandoorne +2 laps
17 Sergey Sirotkin +2 laps
DNF Fernando Alonso 40 laps
DNF Brendon Hartley 1 lap
DNF Lance Stroll 1 lap