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Hamilton Surges Clear With Singapore Victory

Lewis Hamilton is now the clear favourite to win his fifth Formula One World Drivers’ Championship after a dominant performance in Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver won from pole position having controlled the race throughout, benefitting from a questionable strategy call from the team of his title rival Sebastian Vettel.

The German driver had questioned Ferrari’s decision to switch him to ultra-soft tyres after 14 laps and the decision ultimately cost him second place as he slipped down to third behind Max Verstappen.

That enabled Hamilton to take a 40-point lead in the standings with only six races left on the calendar and a maximum of 150 points at stake.

Betfred are offering best odds of 1/5* that Hamilton will go on to clinch his second successive title, with Vettel* now out to 4/1 with Ladbrokes and Coral.

The next race is the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi in a fortnight’s time.

*All odds quoted are subject to change