Sebastian Vettel continues top class title campaign

Victor Chandler

It looks as though Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel will be the driver to beat in the 2011 Formula One Drivers' championship, as he displays his racing prowess with a victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix...

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The most recent race was a dramatic one which saw the current world champion beat off some intense competition; McLaren's Jenson Button took second place, while Nick Heidfeld of Renault claimed the final podium spot with a respectable third place finish.

A clash between McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso left both drivers penalised while battling for third place; this penalty meant a sixth place finish for Alonso, while Hamilton was brought all the way down to eight.

The latest victory for the 23-year-old German driver, and the twelfth of his relatively short career, means that he has now managed to push his lead in the drivers' championship to an impressive 24 points.

After the race, Vettel admitted that he had been pushed and had his limits tested during by the other drivers on the track.

"We could control it, but it was never easy. When Jenson was behind me I could control the gap.”  stated Vettel.

"Today if I didn't have it at the start the race would never have unfolded as it did. Then we had a problem and had to turn it off, but it came back on again." added the young German driver.

The race left British driver Lewis Hamilton with a bitter taste in his mouth; in a post-race interview, he told journalists: "This is racing, I guess,

"I started second and did everything I could to keep up and I don't really have too much to say.”

Victor Chandler, William Hill and bet365 currently offer 7/2 odds that Lewis Hamilton will be able to turn his fortunes around and go on to win this year's F1 drivers' championship.

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