By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) – If Formula One shot itself in the foot in Canada on Sunday, as some said after the race, then a cynic might suggest it was remarkable there was anything left to hit. The billion dollar sport has faced many similar accusations of self-harm over the years, sometimes with good reason, but controversy has also been the life-blood that keeps it in the conversation. The farcical six-car U.S. Grand Prix at Indianapolis in 2005 and the 2002 Austrian Grand Prix, tarnished by Ferrari ‘team orders’, remain talking points years later. Sunday’s race in Montreal may come to occupy a similar place in history, not least for Sebastian Vettel’s rage and emotional post-race response to being denied a memorable victory by a stewards’ decision. Talk of a ‘stolen’ win, at a circuit named after Ferrari great Gilles Villeneuve and in a part of the world that Formula One’s owners Liberty Media see as a key to commercial growth, may come across as something of an own-goal. “I felt a kick in the stomach when I saw that (five second penalty) flash up on the computer,” said Sky television commentator and former racer Martin Brundle. “Any of… Read full this story
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