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It took a while to get going, but even in another Formula One season dominated by Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes there was plenty of entertainment on offer across the 21 races.

Mercedes never looked in danger of relinquishing their grip on the drivers' and constructors' championships but the year still offered some of the most exciting races seen in recent years - especially in the second half of the campaign.

So as Hamilton and Mercedes bask in the glory of a sixth world championship, Sportsmail looks at the good and the bad and hands out its post-season awards.

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes rounded off another dominant year by winning in Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes rounded off another dominant year by winning in Abu Dhabi

Boobytrap - Hockenheim's run-off

Part of what made the German Grand Prix so entertaining was the way the run-off area at the penultimate corner caught so many drivers out.

In the wet conditions, many tried to use the tarmac out wide as a run-off for getting the corner wrong, unaware that the drag road surface was more slippy than expected and had about as much grip as an ice rink, thus sending drivers into the wall.

It was deceiving enough to catch out even Hamilton, as he lost his front wing to throw away victory. Leclerc also binned his winning chances, while Nico Hulkenberg fell into the same mistake, costing him what looks like being the only F1 podium of his career.

The race at Hockenheim saw Hamilton spin off the after running on the slippery tarmac run-off

The race at Hockenheim saw Hamilton spin off the after running on the slippery tarmac run-off

Tantrum - Sebastian Vettel

Vettel will very quickly want to forget another error strewn year - especially the one that cost him the Canadian Grand Prix albeit in very harsh circumstances.

After running wide while leading under pressure from Hamilton he emerged back on track in front of the Brit, only to then be handed a five-second time penalty for dangerous driving.

With Hamilton inheriting the win, Vettel stormed to parc ferme like a teenager having a strop and switched the Brit's first place plinth with his second place version, much to the cheers of the fans trackside sharing his sense of injustice.

A furious Sebastian Vettel switches the race plinths after controversially losing in Canada

A furious Sebastian Vettel switches the race plinths after controversially losing in Canada

The Ferrari driver moved Hamilton's first place plinth with his second place in Montreal

The Ferrari driver moved Hamilton's first place plinth with his second place in Montreal

Farce - Monza qualifying

With teams knowing the slipstream was crucial to record an optimal lap time, no driver was willing to lead the way in exiting the garage for the final runs during Monza's pole position shootout.

Once a driver did blink and exit the pit-lane they went as slow as they could to try and invite others to overtake.

The result was a parade of cars touring the track as slow as possible, so slow in fact that only two managed to get back around in time before the end of the session to start a lap - and one of those was the polesitter Leclerc.

Cars bunched up looking for a slipstream as they failed to record a lap in Italian GP qualifying

Cars bunched up looking for a slipstream as they failed to record a lap in Italian GP qualifying

Clanger - Max Verstappen (Mexico)

It was job done for Verstappen. He had taken pole position for the Mexican Grand Prix, and avoided an investigation for speeding under yellow flags following a Valtteri Bottas crash.

That was until he opened his mouth in a post-session interview, indicating he had not lifted off the throttle under the yellows - sparking an investigation into his lap.

As a result he was handed a three-place grid penalty, which led to a tangle with Lewis Hamilton at the start and later Valtteri Bottas, causing him to pick up a puncture and an eventual fight through the field to sixth. In reality he should have been fighting for victory.

Max Verstappen's race in Mexico saw him collect a puncture having already talked his way out of a pole position following a breach of yellow flags during qualifying

Max Verstappen's race in Mexico saw him collect a puncture having already talked his way out of a pole position following a breach of yellow flags during qualifying

Crash - Ferrari (Brazil)

Disaster always seemed to around the corner for Ferrari in 2019, even when they looked like being in the strongest of positions.

Some of it was sheer bad luck but more often than not it was down to errors that no team contesting a world championship should be anywhere making.

But summing up their season was the clash between Vettel and Leclerc while fighting for fourth in Brazil. Vettel looked to have squeezed past his team-mate on a straight only for a faint touch to give both drivers a puncture and send them out of the race.

Leclerc spun out spectacularly, Vettel was forced off the circuit moments later as a whole pitlane rolled their eyes at yet another Ferrari shambles.

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