Sebastian Vettel (Pole, P2, 18 pts): 9.5/10
Okay, we'll say it: Sebastian Vettel should have been the winner of the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix, and he was the victim of grand larceny when the victory was stolen from him by an unnecessary five second penalty. He'd had a cautious start to the weekend with Friday's practice sessions but was clearly fastest on Saturday, and clinched an excellent first pole position of the season by two tenths over the best that Lewis Hamilton had to offer. When it came to the race itself he achieved a text book start and controlled the race from that point on, making no mistakes despite the pressure from Hamilton - that is with one exception, that controversial moment when he overshot the chicane and returned in an 'unsafe manner' according to the stewards. We respectively disagree with that decision and with the penalty, which cast an unnecessary pall over what had been up until then a thrilling duel between the two leading title contenders.