Sebastian Vettel increases lead over Lewis Hamilton
Things seem to be looking up for McLaren and Lewis Hamilton following their latest performance in the Spanish Grand Prix, however, it might not be enough to stop current F1 drivers' championship leader Sebastian Vettel.
The Red Bull driver, and undeniable dominant force within Formula One at the moment, managed to hold off the challenge from a tenacious Hamilton. Hamilton finished in a respectable second place, while the young German driver increased his lead at the top of the table. The victory at the Spanish Grand Prix marked Vettel's fourth win in five races, making him a clear favourite to retain the title that he picked up last season.
Hamilton was not the only McLaren driver to give a strong performance at the latest race, his teammate Jenson Button also picked a podium finish by coming in third place. The McLaren pair gave such an impressive showing that even the Vettel was forced to acknowledge their performances.
"McLaren were very strong, Lewis in particular," said the Red Bull driver.
"The last few laps I felt like China, with my tyres falling away. He [Hamilton] was always getting in the DRS zone but in the last few laps I got a good run in the last sector to make it stick."
Hamilton finished a mere 0.6 seconds behind the 2010 world champion; despite admitting that he was incredibly frustrated by the result, the British driver viewed the race a promising indicator for the rest of the season.
"I wasn't expecting to be so quick today, as the race went on we had some serious pace, but he [Vettel] was massively quick in the high speed corners," said Hamilton.
Victor Chandler, BetFred and Bet365 currently offer 11/2 odds that Lewis Hamilton will go on to win the 2011 F1 drivers' championship.