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Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Hamilton 2-5 for title after extending lead in Hungary

Sebastian Vettel is the chief danger to the Mercedes man

Lewis Hamilton is the man to beat
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Lewis Hamilton headed into Formula One's month-long summer holiday with a smile on his face after extending his world championship lead to 24 points with victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Mercedes man took full advantage of the break he got when heavy rain in the final qualifying session slowed championship rival Sebastian Vettel and enabled him to grab pole at a track where overtaking is difficult.

There was more bad fortune for the Ferrari team leader in the race when a slow pitstop saw him emerge behind the other Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas. Vettel claimed second place - and his teammate Kimi Raikkonen joined him on the podium - after Bottas collided with Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo late in the race.

But Hamilton, who had been 11-10 for victory, saw his title odds cut from 8-13 to 2-5. He has one point short of a race victory in hand over Vettel.

The Ferrari man, who crashed when leading the previous race at Hockenheim, is out to 2-1 from 7-5.

The championship battle resumes in Belgium on August 26.

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Vettel, who crashed when leading the previous race at Silverstone, is out to 2-1 from 7-5
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