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Hamilton and Vettel Battling For The F1 Title

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The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is one that Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have dominated for years and that trend looked like continuing with the Brit securing pole ahead of the race. However, things didn’t quite to plan as Hamilton got off to a terrible start and fell back through the field with Vettel able to capitalise. The German went on to win the race, while Hamilton managed to secure second after a great recovery drive, but the Ferrari driver has now opened up an eight-point lead in the driver standings.

Even before the season kicked off, it was clear to everyone that the battle for the title will once again be a two-horse race. There were suggestions that the Red Bulls would have a say in proceedings this term, but while the car has proven itself to be quicker than both the Mercedes and Ferraris in certain situations, it hasn’t got the power needed on a consistent basis and this has seen both Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen slip out of contention recently.

As things stand, even though Vettel is currently leading the way in the driver standings, Hamilton is still the bookmaker’s favourite to collect his second title in as many years; and this feeling is supported by sports pundits who regularly write for popular sports sites like Betting.com. It’s also interesting that every driver aside from Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel is priced at well over 100/1 to win the title, showing just how much of a stronghold the pair have on the driver championship right now.

Vettel has now gone four seasons without winning the drivers title after winning four in a row between the years of 2010 and 2013. He was in control last season and seemed to be on his way to ending his championship drought before he let Hamilton back into the title race. Hamilton then went from strength to strength and secured his fourth championship win.

After winning the opening two races of the campaign this season, Vettel looked to be back with a vengeance, before Hamilton won in both Azerbaijan and Spain. Vettel struck back in Canada, but Hamilton immediately responded by winning in France. It will have been a hammer blow for Hamilton not to win the British Grand Prix as it’s a race he always seems to win but with Vettel only eight points ahead in the driver standings, the damage done was limited, especially with Hamilton managing to claw back second place.

Next up in the German Grand Prix and Hamilton has already been installed as favourite with the bookmakers. It would follow the trend of Vettel winning and then Hamilton striking back, ensuring the title race will be more open than ever before. What could be a telling factor is that when either Hamilton or Vettel win a race, the other must come second to keep the pressure on and to prevent a lead being opened. Right now, they’re literally going head to head for the championship, and it’s great for the sport.

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