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Sport Bad news for Vettel is Hamilton gets stronger after F1 break

01:01  31 july  2018
01:01  31 july  2018 Source:   ap.org

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Hamilton leads second-placed Vettel by 24 points after winning the past two races. Sebastian Vettel drives the Scuderia Ferrari SF71H on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary on Earlier in the season, a mechanic’s leg was broken by the Finnish driver’s car following an unsafe pit release

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The bad news for Sebastian Vettel is that Lewis Hamilton usually gets stronger after Formula One's summer break .

CAPTION: Second placed Ferrari's German Driver Sebastian Vettel (C) celebrates with his trophy after the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit in Mogyorod near Budapest, Hungary, on July 29, 2018.© (Photo credit should read ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images) CAPTION: Second placed Ferrari's German Driver Sebastian Vettel (C) celebrates with his trophy after the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit in Mogyorod near Budapest, Hungary, on July 29, 2018.

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) The bad news for Sebastian Vettel is that Lewis Hamilton usually gets stronger after Formula One's summer break.

Hamilton leads second-placed Vettel by 24 points after winning the past two races, and the German driver needs little reminding his British rival turned around a 14-point deficit at the same stage last year to take the title by 46.

Vettel takes pole for German GP; Hamilton down in 14th

  Vettel takes pole for German GP; Hamilton down in 14th Sebastian Vettel secured pole position for the German Grand Prix on Saturday while Lewis Hamilton's hopes took another blow. Already trailing in the title race, Hamilton starts Sunday's race from 14th place after a hydraulic failure. A huge roar went up from German fans at the Hockenheimring as their local favorite — Vettel grew up near to the track — moved top of the leaderboard with seconds left in qualifying.Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas had only just beaten Vettel's leading time, when Vettel produced a stunning lap to move back in front.

Lewis Hamilton has asked rival Sebastian Vettel to "stick around" after the Ferrari driver said Formula One was no longer the sport he fell in love with. A dramatic and controversial Canadian Grand Prix was won by Hamilton on Sunday after a five-second time penalty for Vettel cost the German a first

Simply, Vettel cannot match Hamilton ." Vettel insisted that he did not regret the move, claiming the Red Bull driver was to blame, but McEvoy adds that the "Instead, after a dominant win at Suzuka, he is coasting towards another world crown - with Sebastian Vettel 's capitulation making this season's

''The second half is always exciting, it's always intense. It gets a bit better on our side,'' said Hamilton, who won Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix from pole position.

''We need to apply more pressure in the second half. This is where we need to turn up the heat.''

Two weeks ago, he and his Mercedes team were trailing Vettel and Ferrari in the drivers' and constructors' championships.

Ferrari was lapping up the compliments about having the quickest car on the circuit and Vettel seemed in the ascendancy after taking a superb pole in Germany.

With Hamilton 14th on the grid, because of a hydraulic failure , questions were being asked about the car's reliability.

But thanks to his exquisite driving, and mistakes by Vettel and his team, the situation has turned back in favor of Mercedes.

Hamilton gives up on German victory after qualifying catastrophe

  Hamilton gives up on German victory after qualifying catastrophe Lewis Hamilton said he does not believe he can repeat his Silverstone heroics by driving through the field to gain a podium finish in Sunday's German Grand Prix.Lewis Hamilton said he does not believe he can repeat his Silverstone heroics by driving through the field to gain a podium finish in Sunday's German Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel ended Formula 1 pre-season testing at Barcelona with the fastest lap time, before Ferrari and Red Bull lost out on valuable track Hamilton 's first flyer on the C4 was good enough for sixth before finding further time to jump third with a 1 m16.628s effort. Be first to get breaking news .

Vettel 's difficult first stint meant Vettel fell into the clutches of teammate Charles Leclerc before letting him through " I think we would have been strong in the first stint with the soft tyre. I think Charles had a good stint but Formula 1 / Breaking news . Vettel did Hamilton "a favour" with first -corner move.

For all of Ferrari's new-found speed - estimated at times to be nearly 0.5 seconds quicker than Mercedes on some sectors of the track - Vettel remains prone to lapses in concentration and his team makes sloppy errors.

On Sunday, Ferrari botched the pit stops of Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen after struggling to fit a tire quickly enough.

Raikkonen also had to drive the whole race - nearly 1 hour, 40 minutes in sweltering heat - without fluids after his team failed to properly attach his drinking bottle.

Earlier in the season, a mechanic's leg was broken by the Finnish driver's car following an unsafe pit release at the Bahrain GP.

In Hungary, Ferrari looked strong in practice only to wilt when rain fell in qualifying . This essentially handed Mercedes a 1-2 on the starting grid, with Valtteri Bottas alongside Hamilton.

In the previous race, rain again played havoc at Hockenheim as a nervy Vettel crashed near the end of the German GP. He had been ahead by almost 10 seconds and under no pressure.

Hamilton wins German GP as rival Vettel crashes late on

  Hamilton wins German GP as rival Vettel crashes late on Lewis Hamilton regained the championship lead in unexpected and dramatic fashion on Sunday, winning the German Grand Prix after Sebastian Vettel crashed while leading near the end. Heavy rain played havoc late on at the Hockenheimring as Vettel misjudged a basic entry into a turn and slid over the gravel into the barriers with 15 laps to go. Valtteri Bottas started and finished second on a great day for Mercedes, with Kimi Raikkonen taking third on a bad one for Ferrari. Vettel's incident led to a safety car coming out for several laps.There was confusion at Mercedes, even with Hamilton out in front.

Lewis Hamilton may have cruised to victory in France, but it's closer than ever - which is why Sebastian Vettel 's mistakes cost so much. The title battle between the Mercedes driver and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel will, as Mercedes F 1 boss Toto Wolff said after the race, presumably continue to swing as the

News . Lewis Hamilton believes Ferrari are currently half a second faster than Mercedes ahead of the start of the F 1 2019 season. Hamilton also recognised that Ferrari have often started the season strongly , but claimed Mercedes "weren't behind anywhere near as much" as half a second last year.

Vettel, however, is convinced he can win the title.

''The pendulum seems to swing once this side, once that side,'' he said after finishing second on Sunday. ''Consistency is the key. I didn't do myself a favor (in Germany) but it is part of racing.''

Raikkonen's form is encouraging. While the 38-year-old driver has not won since the opening day of the 2013 season - when driving for Lotus - his third place in Hungary was a fifth consecutive podium finish, and eighth in 12 races.

Overall, he is 14 points ahead of fourth-place Bottas. Ten points separate Mercedes and Ferrari, and Raikkonen's consistency could prove vital in helping his team land its first constructors' title since 2008.

Vettel hopes points will flow freely, once glitches are ironed out.

''Last year we lost the championship because our car wasn't quick enough in the final part of the season,'' he said. ''This year has shown our car is more efficient, our car is stronger and still has a lot of potential to unleash. So I'm quite confident with what's in the pipeline.''

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Hamilton wins Hungarian GP to extend lead over rival Vettel .
Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday to extend his championship lead over Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton was untroubled as he secured a second straight win, fifth of the season and 67th overall.But Mercedes missed out on a 1-2 as Valtteri Bottas was overtaken by Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen with five laps to go.Bottas and Vettel touched cars during the overtaking move, with some debris flying off the Mercedes.In a dramatic finish, Bottas lost control of his car as he bumped Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull off the track as he was about to be overtaken.

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