October 28, 2018 / 9:44 PM / 20 days ago

Motor racing-Hamilton's Formula One season

    Oct 28 (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton clinched his fifth Formula
One world championship at Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix.
    The following details the Mercedes driver's road to the
title:
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    AUSTRALIA
    Hamilton started the season on pole position but Vettel took
the 48th victory of his career, after a Mercedes miscalculation
during a virtual safety car period that allowed the German to 
take the lead.
    Vettel 25 points, Hamilton 18 (points gap +7)
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    BAHRAIN
    Vettel's turn to start on pole in a Ferrari lockout, while
Hamilton qualified fourth but started ninth due to a grid
penalty for a gearbox change. The German made it two wins in a
row, in his 200th start, while Hamilton finished third behind
team mate Valtteri Bottas.
    Vettel 50, Hamilton 33 (+17)
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    CHINA
    Vettel added another pole to his tally, with Ferrari again
sweeping the front row. Hamilton qualified fourth. Daniel
Ricciardo then seized a surprise win for Red Bull, with Vettel
colliding with the Australian's team mate Max Verstappen.
Hamilton finished fourth with Vettel eighth.
    Vettel 54, Hamilton 45 (+9)   
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    AZERBAIJAN
    Vettel completed a pole hat-trick, with Hamilton second on
the grid. The Briton then took one of the luckiest wins of his
career in a crash-strewn race that handed him the championship
lead. Bottas suffered a puncture three laps from the end while
leading. Vettel had made a lunge for the lead after the final
safety car restart but locked up and finished fourth.
    Hamilton 70, Vettel 66 (+4)
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    SPAIN
    Hamilton took his first pole of the season in a Mercedes
one-two, with Vettel qualifying third, and the reigning champion
went on to win. Bottas was second, Vettel fourth. It was a
record 41st time that Hamilton had converted pole into victory.
    Hamilton 95, Vettel 78 (+17)   
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    MONACO
    Ricciardo won from pole position, with Vettel second and
Hamilton third in a largely processional race. 
    Hamilton 110, Vettel 96 (+14)    
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    CANADA
    Vettel took Ferrari's first pole in Canada since 2001, with
Hamilton qualifying fourth. Sunday brought the German his 50th
win and saw him retake the lead, with Hamilton fifth. The
chequered flag was waved a lap early by model Winnie Harlow.
    Vettel 121, Hamilton 120 (+1)
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    FRANCE
    Hamilton took his 75th career pole with team mate Bottas
second and Vettel third. Vettel and Bottas then collided on the
opening lap of the race, with the Ferrari driver handed a
five-second penalty. Both dropped to the back of the field after
pitstops. Hamilton won while Vettel climbed back to fifth.   
    Hamilton 145 points, Vettel 131 (+14)
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    AUSTRIA
    Bottas took pole for a change, with Hamilton second and
Vettel demoted to sixth after a three-place grid penalty for
impeding Renault's Carlos Sainz. Hamilton retired from the race
with eight laps to go, his first non-finish since 2016 ending a
record run of 33 successive scoring finishes, with Red Bull's
Max Verstappen the winner and Vettel third.
    Vettel 146, Hamilton 145 (+1)
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    BRITAIN
    Hamilton was on pole for his home race in track record time,
with Vettel second. Race day reversed the positions, with the
German winning and Hamilton runner-up after fighting back from
the rear of the field following a first lap collision with
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.
    Vettel 171, Hamilton 163 (+8)
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    GERMANY
    Vettel's turn to be on pole at home, with Hamilton
qualifying 14th. Race day turned into a miracle for the Briton,
who won in a Mercedes one-two while the Ferrari driver crashed
into the barriers on a wet track while leading.    
    Hamilton 188, Vettel 171 (+17)
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    HUNGARY
    Hamilton won from pole after a wet qualifying resulted in a
Mercedes front row lockout. Vettel started fourth and finished
second. The win was Hamilton's fifth of the season.
    Hamilton 213, Vettel 189 (+24)
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    BELGIUM
    Hamilton returned from the August break to take pole
position in a wet qualifying. But Vettel won from second on the
grid after a quick start. Hamilton had to settle for the
runner-up position.   
    Hamilton 231, Vettel 214 (+17)
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    ITALY
    The start of Hamilton's run of success, with the Briton
winning after Kimi Raikkonen had put Ferrari on pole. The two
title contenders tangled on the first lap, with Vettel spinning
and having to fight back from 18th to fourth.
    Hamilton 256, Vettel 226 (+30)   
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    SINGAPORE
    Hamilton won after producing a stunning pole lap in
qualifying, the Briton opening a 40-point lead over Vettel who
was third.    
    Hamilton 281, Vettel 241 (+40)
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    RUSSIA
    Bottas took another pole but it was Hamilton who won after
the Finn was ordered to move aside in the race. Vettel was third
and slipped 50 points behind. 
    Hamilton 306, Vettel 256 (+50)
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    JAPAN
    Hamilton won from pole, his fourth victory in a row and
sixth in seven races. Vettel started eighth and finished sixth
after a collision with Verstappen dropped him to 19th.
    Hamilton 331, Vettel 264 (+67)
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    UNITED STATES
    Hamilton took pole with Vettel qualifying fifth after a
three-place grid drop for failing to slow sufficiently when red
warning flags were waved in practice. Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen
won the race, with Hamilton third and Vettel fourth. Verstappen
was second after starting 18th.
    Hamilton 346, Vettel 276 
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    MEXICO
    Ricciardo started on pole with Verstappen alongside,
Hamilton third and Vettel fourth. Hamilton had needed to finish
only seventh to secure the title and ended up fourth, with
Vettel second and Verstappen the winner.
    Hamilton 358, Vettel 294

 (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ken Ferris)
  
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