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Vettel Back In Front After Hamilton Retires

Sebastian Vettel has regained the lead in the Formula One World Drivers Championship after finishing third at the Austrian Grand Prix, where Mercedes endured an afternoon to forget. Lewis Hamilton had finished second in qualifying to join his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas on the front row of the grid, but a loss of hydraulic pressure ended Bottas’ race after just 14 laps before Hamilton was forced to retire with eight laps remaining due to a loss of fuel pressure.

Max Verstappen claimed a home victory for Red Bull, with Kimi Raikkonen finishing second ahead of Ferrari team-mate Vettel, who moves one point ahead of Hamilton at the top of the standings. Hamilton remains the favourite to win the title ahead of next weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone at best odds of 8/15* with William Hill, with Vettel now in to odds of 13/8* across the board.

Hamilton has won his home race a joint record five times, including in each of the last four seasons, while his German rival has only one win to his name, back in 2009.

*All odds quoted are subject to change