Heavy crash for Hartley

New Zealander Brendon Hartley has crashed heavily on the opening lap of the Canadian Grand Prix after tangling with the Williams of Lance Stroll.

The Le Mans winner qualified well, putting his Toro Rosso Honda on the 12th spot of the grid but was squeezed by the local driver shortly after the start on the outside of a right-hand corner.

He made heavy contact with the wall and his car nearly flipped over before coming to a rest.

"Yeah I'm fine," a disappointed Hartley said to his team over the radio. "He just ran me out of room."

Despite walking back to the track's medical centre on his own, Hartley has gone to hospital for precautionary scans.

It is a cruel blow to Hartley's Formula 1 hopes. He had been under serious pressure to keep his seat with rumours surfacing this week that his Toro Rosso team approached Formula 2 star Lando Norris to take over the drive.

Hartley's improved pace in Montreal came at a crucial time as he out-qualified teammate Pierre Gasly with a new engine package.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel led the entire race to take the lead of the championship standings.

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas finished second with the Red Bull Renault of Max Verstappen completing the podium.

Daniel Ricciardo was fourth in the second Red Bull while reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton settled for fifth in his Mercedes.

Hartley's Toro Rosso teammate Pierre Gasly just missed out on a point-scoring finish in 11th.

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