Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton (6/4 – Drivers’ Championship) has barged his way back into the Formula One title race, closing the gap on Red Bull rival Max Verstappen (1/2) by winning Sunday’s British Grand Prix in controversial fashion.
After dominating the sport for the past four seasons, winning the title in each of those, the Mercedes (11/8 – Constructors’ Championship) man finds himself in the midst of a battle this time around.
Red Bull (8/15 – Constructors’ Championship) and Verstappen have come out fighting in 2021, giving F1 fans some much-needed excitement and drama.
Hamilton won three of the opening four races, finishing second at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, to take the early advantage in the Drivers’ Championship.
Verstappen took the chequered flag at the Emilia Romagna event and has won a further four Grands Prix to pull clear in the standings.
The Dutchman further enhanced his lead when picking up three points in Saturday’s Sprint Qualifying at the British Grand Prix, sealing pole position for Sunday’s showpiece.
However, the two championship contenders collided on lap one at Copse corner, with Verstappen subsequently careering off into the barrier and crashing out of the race.
Hamilton was hit with a 10-second penalty, but still managed to claim victory on home soil and, with Verstappen no longer involved, he closed the gap in the Championship to just eight points.
The Hungarian Grand Prix is next up on August 1st and after being assessed at hospital, Verstappen has confirmed he will be taking part.
The gloves are off in the title race and, with potentially 26 points up for grabs each weekend, it is wide open with 13 events still to play out.