Hamilton back in the hunt as F1 heads to Baku

Mon Jun 13, 2016 5:56am EDT
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By Ian Gordon

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton would not have put money on his title fortunes turning around so quickly but the Mercedes driver could be back on top of the Formula One world championship as early as next weekend.

Victory in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix, following the Briton's fortunate win in Monaco two weeks earlier, transformed his chances of ending the season with a fourth drivers' crown.

From being 43 points behind German team mate Nico Rosberg two races ago, Hamilton heads for Azerbaijan and Sunday's inaugural grand prix in Baku trailing by nine.

Rosberg won the opening four rounds of the season but his form has taken a dive since he and Hamilton collided in Barcelona last month.

Both Mercedes drivers retired from that race, while Rosberg was seventh in Monaco and fifth in Canada.

"If I'd wanted to have put money down, I would never have tried to predict that," Hamilton told reporters when asked about the turnaround.

"I thought Monaco in terms of the difference in position might have been a one-off.

"It doesn't feel great when we don't finish one-two. On the flip side, it is a positive in terms of the points but Nico is going to continue to push and I will continue to push."   Continued...

Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain reacts after winning the race. REUTERS/Chris Wattie