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Lewis Hamilton on course to win sixth Formula 1 title

Lewis Hamilton will head into the final nine races of the Formula 1 season with a healthy 62-point lead over teammate Valtteri Bottas.

The British star has won eight out of 12 races this year and it is difficult to imagine him not going on to win his sixth world title.

The Mercedes driver was superb in the last race in Hungary and with the opportunity to recharge his batteries during the rest of August he will be tough to stop this season.

Max Verstappen put up a strong showing at the Hungaroring and the Red Bull driver could emerge as Hamilton’s closest challenger on the run-in. Read on as we assess the rest of the Formula 1 season.

Hamilton on track to make it six

Every NJ sports news and tips website makes Hamilton a big favourite to win his sixth title and it would be a surprise to see the 34-year-old fail to deliver.

Hamilton is expecting a tough challenge from Red Bull and Ferrari over the next few races, with the latter team likely to be particularly strong in Belgium and Italy.

The set-up at Spa and Monza should suit the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, but neither have looked like being able to challenge Hamilton on a consistent basis.

The Brit won six of the last nine races in 2018 and a similar return this time around will see him cruise to the Drivers’ Championship.

Verstappen beginning to shine

Verstappen has been tipped as a future world champion by many pundits and the Red Bull driver is certainly starting to showcase his talents.

He had an epic battle with Hamilton in Hungary, forcing Mercedes to come up with an unusual strategy to grab the race win.

Verstappen picked up an extra bonus point for the fastest lap that took him just seven points behind Bottas in the championship standings.

Recent wins in Austria and Germany highlighted Verstappen’s ability and he looks a good bet to claim second position in the title race.

Ferrari remain off the pace

It has been a forgettable season for Ferrari, with both Vettel and Leclerc struggling to match the pace of Mercedes.

Vettel and Leclerc both finished over a minute behind Hamilton in Hungary and Verstappen’s recent improvement has also left them trailing.

The break in action during August gives Ferrari the opportunity to regroup ahead of two races which should suit their cars.

Red Bull seems to have made the first significant move of the break by promoting Alexander Albon to replace Pierre Gasly in a bid to capitalise on Ferrari's problems and push to overtake them in the Constructors' Championship standings.

The Italian team desperately need to find some answers to their problems.

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