Kiwi driver Brendon Hartley has been cleared of any injuries after a first-lap crash that saw him ride the wall alongside Williams youngster Lance Stroll at the Canadian Grand Prix.
Stroll, in his home race, lost control of his car coming out on turn five and forced Hartley into the wall.
The New Zealander’s Toro Rosso lifted into the air along the barrier before both drivers slid into the gravel trap without collecting another rival.
Hartley was taken to hospital for two exams and cleared by doctors.
“I got a good run on Lance out of Turn 4 on the outside, but he lost the car which put us both into the wall,” he said.
“It’s very disappointing as there was room to make the overtake, and I was looking forward to a strong race.
“It’s a frustrating way to end the Canadian Grand Prix as I’ve been really happy with my performance all weekend.
“I was delayed getting back to the circuit because I was flown to the hospital for precautionary checks. However, I’m definitely fit, healthy, and ready for the next race.”
Stroll conceded “it was too late” for him to correct himself when the car got loose.
The early incident, which brought out a fourth lap-one safety car in the last eight Montreal races, was not what Hartley wanted after rumours hit the paddock that Red Bull could look to replace him this year.
Canadian Grand Prix: team-by-team analysis
MERCEDES (Valtteri Bottas 2, Lewis Hamilton 5)
Hamilton started fourth, suffered engine problems in the opening stint and lost the overall championship lead to Vettel by a single point. The Briton has now gone 32 races in a row in the points. Bottas moved up to third overall, leapfrogging Ricciardo, with his fourth second-place finish of the season.
FERRARI (Sebastian Vettel 1, Kimi Raikkonen 6)
Vettel’s 50th Formula One win and Ferrari’s first in Canada since Michael Schumacher in 2004, 40 years after the late Gilles Villeneuve won there. The German started on pole and has now won three races in 2018. Raikkonen paid the price for a mistake in qualifying and had a boring afternoon.
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RED BULL (Max Verstappen 3, Daniel Ricciardo 4)
Verstappen took his second podium of the season, ending a run of mistakes and misfortune. He went wheel to wheel with Bottas at the start. Ricciardo qualified sixth, got past Hamilton on strategy and would have had the fastest lap but for the flag being waved a lap early. He dropped to fourth overall. Verstappen took the fastest lap instead.
RENAULT (Nico Hulkenberg 7, Carlos Sainz 8)
A double points finish for Renault, who equalled their best haul of the season. They are now only a point short of their 2017 tally. Sainz and Force India’s Perez had an early coming together after the safety car period, with the Mexican suggesting the Spaniard should have been punished. Stewards decided against any action.
MCLAREN (Stoffel Vandoorne 16, Fernando Alonso retired)
Alonso had no joy on his 300th Formula One race weekend, retiring with an exhaust problem, and now heads to the Le Mans 24 Hours, where he will be hoping to win with Toyota. Vandoorne ran over first lap debris and had a right front puncture. A slow pitstop then sent him to the back and he had electrical problems towards the end.
FORCE INDIA (Esteban Ocon 9, Sergio Perez 14)
Ocon helped Force India close the gap slightly on McLaren, but felt he should have finished ahead of the Renaults. Perez clashed with Sainz after the safety car came in and called for him to be black flagged over the radio.
TORO ROSSO (Pierre Gasly 11, Brendon Hartley retired)
Hartley was pitched out on the opening lap after a collision with Stroll, which looked to be the Canadian’s fault. He was taken to hospital for scans but everything was normal. The accident brought out the safety car due to the debris. Gasly started on the back row after an engine change.
HAAS (Romain Grosjean 12, Kevin Magnussen 13)
Grosjean started last after an engine failure at the start of qualifying. He did 48 laps on one set of ultrasoft tyres, hoping for another safety car period that never came, and climbed as high as seventh.
SAUBER (Charles Leclerc 10, Marcus Ericsson 15)
Leclerc, who started 13th, scored points for the third time in seven races, further cementing his reputation as a talent for the future.
WILLIAMS (Sergey Sirotkin 17, Lance Stroll retired)
Stroll crashed out on the opening lap at turn five, bringing out the safety car.