How Hamilton’s title charge has suddenly unravelled

How Hamilton’s title charge has suddenly unravelled

A grand prix and a half after it looked like he might take the championship lead, Lewis Hamilton is now 20 points behind his chief rival in the Formula 1 title race. But is the Mercedes driver better placed to fight back than in previous years?

It's amazing how quickly things can get away from you in motor racing. Before Formula 1's 2017 title fight turned controversial in Azerbaijan, Lewis Hamilton was on a trajectory that suggested he would soon take control of the destiny of this world championship.

It seemed only a matter of time. Hamilton won in Canada convincingly, was leading from pole again in Baku, but then chief rival Sebastian Vettel drove into him under the safety car, sparking a bizarre sequence of events that means Hamilton now trails Vettel by a large margin, after losing further ground at the Austrian Grand Prix.

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