Thu, Jul 12, 11:19am by Staff Writer
Sebastian Vettel has extended his lead atop the Formula One Drivers Championship standings after outduelling Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone on the weekend.
The German is now $2.37 to win the Drivers Championship, eight points ahead of his fierce rival Lewis Hamilton.
Vettel finished the race more than two seconds ahead of Hamilton, who was denied a fifth straight Silverstone crown.
The Brit managed to narrowly secure pole and had all of the home support as he started the race aggressively.
Hamilton may have been guilty of overextending however, as his wheels spun early, allowing teammate Valtteri Bottas and Vettel to streak ahead.
Vettel’s Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen bumped into the British driver at turn three, sending Hamilton’s Mercedes off the track and leaving him last in a catastrophic opening.
It was a one-two duel between Vettel and Bottas for much of the race, with the Fin being overtaken in the final five laps by Vettel, who held onto the lead for good.
Bottas then let teammate Hamilton pass to allow him to challenge Vettel, with the Fin struggling on medium tyres in the latter part of the race.
He managed to finish fourth, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in fifth and Nico Hulkenberg in sixth.
Dutchman Max Verstappen retired on the 48th lap.
Raikkonen was handed a ten second penalty for the turn three incident with Hamilton, but managed to secure a podium finish for Ferrari, ensuring they picked up more points in the Constructors Championship.
Hamilton has been the runaway favourite to claim the Drivers Championship this season, but after two disappointing weeks by his standards, his odds have moved out to $1.57 to claim the title.
It was not all smooth sailing for Vettel in the race, with the German being hindered by neck pain in the last price and question marks surrounding his fitness ahead of the race.
Nonetheless, he earned his 51st career Grand Prix victory, tying Alan Prost and denying his rival a record-setting sixth win in his home race. That would have overtaken the record he currently shares with Jim Clark and Alan Prost.
It was another positive week for Ferrari in the Constructors Championship, with the Italian manufacturer earning a first and third placed finish to extend their lead to 20 points ahead of Mercedes. They remain $2.63 outsiders to win the constructors title.
After a disastrous race in Austria, Mercedes clawed back some momentum and remain $1.45 favourites to take out the Constructors Championship.
The next Grand Prix is Vettel’s home event, the German Grand Prix on July 22, which makes a return to the calendar after missing the 2017 season.
F1 Sportsbet Markets
Lewis Hamilton $1.57
Sebastian Vettel $2.37
Valtteri Bottas $101
Daniel Ricciardo $201
Kimi Raikkonen $201
Max Verstappen $301
Red Bull Racing $36
Force India $501
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