Hamilton finished second in the Canada Grand Prix on Sunday, but was promoted to the top spot of the podium after Vettel was penalised.
Sebastian Vettel won the race after an impressive drive, but it was his error on lap 48 which cost him maximum points for the first time this season.
Whilst leading Lewis Hamilton by just over a second, the German ran wide on turn four after losing the rear of his car.
Hamilton looked to seize the opportunity to overtake his rival, and kept on the racing line in an attempt to take the lead.
But as Vettel tried to return to the race, he went straight back onto the racing line, nearly pushing Hamilton into the wall.
As a result, he was penalised with a five second time penalty, pushing him behind the Mercedes ace.
After the race, Vettel fumed and declared that he had no choice but to rejoin the racing line.
But Hamilton told Martin Brundle that the Ferrari star should have just rejoined the race safely, rather than try to keep position.
“That’s his opinion of course,” the championship leader said of Vettel’s claim.
“I took the corner normally. When you come back on track, you’re not supposed to go straight back on racing line, you’re supposed to come back safely. I assume that’s why.
“It was unfortunate, but this is motor racing.
“I took the corner normally but when you come back on the track you’re not supposed to go straight on the racing line, you’re supposed to come back safely.
“I think we were all struggling with brake temps towards the end. The tyres were good at that point where he made the mistake, so I was as close as I was ever going to be.
“I got that block and then the gap opened up. It’s very hard to follow here.
“It’s such a great track, and if it wasn’t for the fans, it wouldn’t be as great as it is.”
Hamilton was booed whilst on the grid giving his post-race interview, and offered a sympathetic response to fans.
“All I can say is, I didn’t make the decision,” he continued. “I don’t know what they are booing at. Maybe it’s the decision.”
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