It was always going to take something special to beat Lewis Hamilton on one of his favorite hunting grounds live on Sky Sports F1 and, with no rival driver or team coming up with the necessary weekend-long answers, a fifth Montreal win was Sunday’s most likely outcome.
That’s not to say Lewis didn’t give them any chances. The world champion was imperious on Friday, although that didn’t stop qualifying proving a closer run affair than perhaps he himself envisaged. Difficult getaways from pole are proving an occupational hazard for the Briton in 2016 but from the moment Nico Rosberg came off worse in the turn one clash Hamilton later brushed off as an “unfortunate tap”, there was only one Mercedes driver who was going to deny the hard-charging Sebastian Vettel.
After a seven-month wait for F1 win 44, number 45 has taken just two more weeks to arrive for Hamilton. No wonder he has been reinstalled as the world championship favouriteon Sky Sports F1 .
Rating out of ten: 9