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Vettel travels more leader to Silverstone, home of Hamilton and Ecuador of the World Cup

Vettel travels more leader to Silverstone, home of Hamilton and Ecuador of the World Cup

The German Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), who reinforced his leadership in the Formula One World Championship by finishing second in the Austrian Grand Prix, won by the Finnish Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate, will enter with 20 points of advantage over the English at his home, Silverstone, where the championship will cross its equator next weekend.

Vettel, who led Red Bull’s glorious four-year term (2010-13), has 171 points, twenty more than Hamilton. That he aspires to equal the number of titles of his great rival and avoid, incidentally, that he does not emulate this year the Argentine five-time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio, placing only two crowns of the seven with which the German Michael Schumacher holds the record absolute in Formula One.

‘Seb’, who turned 30 last Monday, will be able to travel without nerves to the fiefdom of his great rival, the Silverstone circuit, in England. The cradle of the queen category of motoring, which in 1950 hosted the first race in the entire history of F1.

Hamilton, 32, who won his first title in 2008, with McLaren, before repeating in 2015, in a Mercedes, his final triumph the previous year; He could only be fourth in Austria, where he had started eighth, after losing five places on the grid, for replacing the gearbox of his ‘silver arrow’.

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The Englishman entered the finish line behind Australian Daniel Ricciardo, from Red Bull, third on the circuit that bears his team’s name and who had just won the crazy race in Baku, in Azerbaijan, two weeks ago. The only one of the first nine that neither Mercedes (leader of the Constructors’ World Championship, with 5 victories), nor Ferrari (3) have won.

Therefore, to take the lead from ‘Seb’ next Sunday, it would only be worth Lewis to win the race and wait for his great rival to qualify below sixth at Silverstone. Where the Spanish Fernando Alonso (McLaren-Honda) and Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso), retired in Spielberg, expect better fortune. The double Asturian world champion was charged into the first corner by Russian Daniil Kvyat, partner of the talented Madrid driver, who left with 25 laps to go with engine problems.

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Vettel became the first leader of the season, winning the Australian Grand Prix at the Albert Park semi-urban track in Melbourne. Opening of a contest that will come to an end on November 26 at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, site of the twentieth and last race.

Meanwhile, the Heppenheim champion also won the third race, in Sakhir (Bahrain), and the sixth, in the streets of Monaco; while the eccentric and spectacular Stevenage champion celebrated triumphs in the Chinese Grand Prix, in Shanghai -the second of the year-; Spain, in Montmeló (Barcelona) -fifth-; and Canada, in Montreal -seventh-.

Bottas, who had won the fourth race of the course, in Sochi (Russia), scored his second win at the Red Bull Ring since driving in Formula One. And, despite the fact that everything points to a fight between Vettel and Hamilton, The Finn – who replaced German Nico Rosberg in the Brackley team, retired five days after winning the last title – also believes in his own possibilities.

Bottas – who said he had made “the best start of” his “life” in Austria – has 136 points, 35 less than Vettel – who hinted that he had starred in an illegal start. And the Finn has been, with eleven races to go, just 15 behind Hamilton. That he should go all out in Silverstone.

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Track on which a World Cup will cross its equator, which will resume on the last weekend of July in Hungary, before the break before the end of the European cycle: at the end of August, in Belgium; and at the beginning of September, in Monza (Italy). Another double ‘program’, with races on two Sundays in a row.

Two weeks later, in mid-September, it will be raced in Singapore (at Marina Bay). And the first two weekends in October there will be races in Malaysia (Sepang) and Japan (Suzuka).

Then, F1 will play three tests in America, before the end of the season in Abu Dhabi: the last two weekends in October, in Austin (Texas, USA) and in Mexico City; and the second of November, in Sao Paulo (Brazil). EFE

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