Advantage Hamilton as Formula One breaks for summer

Mon Aug 1, 2016 11:43am EDT
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By Abhishek Takle

(Reuters) - Triple champion Lewis Hamilton is no stranger to speed but the rapid turnaround in his title prospects has left even the blindingly quick Briton stunned, as he heads into Formula One’sannual summer break firmly in control of the race for the championship.

Hamilton goes into the four-week holiday having extended his lead over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg to 19 points, after sweeping to a dominant victory, leading from the first corner in his rival’s home German Grand Prix on Sunday.

The win was Hamilton’s sixth from the last seven races, matching the hottest streak of his career so far, and his fourth in a row.

The speed at which Hamilton has caught and overhauled Rosberg has been remarkable.

The 31-year-old trailed his former childhood friend by 43 points following May’s Spanish Grand Prix, yet just over a week ago, in Hungary, he seized the overall lead.

“Kind of crazy,” said Hamilton after Sunday’s race at the Hockenheim track. “It’s gone by so quickly.

“It was almost like it was only a couple of weeks ago that we were in Barcelona and I was 43 points behind thinking, jeez, I might come away 50 points behind.”

Hamilton has scored a total of 160 points from a maximum 175 on offer since claiming his maiden win of the year in the sixth race of the season in Monaco, following a difficult start to his bid for a third straight title.   Continued...

Germany Formula One - F1 - German Grand Prix 2016 - Hockenheimring, Germany - 31/7/16 - Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton sprays champagne after the race. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski