British media has tipped Lewis Hamilton to beat Sebastian Vettel in the title fight for the second successive year after the German lost the championship lead in France following his collision with Valtteri Bottas.
Sebastian Vettel, who has three wins apiece with Lewis Hamilton in 2018, lost the championship lead to Lewis Hamilton after his lap 1 collision with Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the French Grand Prix, and now trails the Brit by 14 points.
The Monday papers appeared rather critical of Sebastian Vettel’s driving at the French Grand Prix, most notably Jonathan McEvoy from the Daily Mail, who wrote that Sebastian Vettel’s “recklessness” is likely to hand Hamilton the edge in the 2018 Formula 1 title battle, after noting his incident at the French GP was his sixth high profile error in the last 12 months.
Whilst Sebastian Vettel continues to struggle for consistency in his quest for a fifth title, Lewis Hamilton is on a record-breaking run of consecutive points finishes, having scored at every race since his engine failure at the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix. Moreover, the Brit hasn’t had a lap 1 crash since his infamous run-in with ex team-mate Nico Rosberg at the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.
“But for all his own brilliance he was aided by the said German, Sebastian Vettel, in the Ferrari, showing another glimpse of the recklessness that for 12 months has undermined his challenge for a fifth world title.” wrote Jonathan McEvoy in the Daily Mail following the events of the French Grand Prix in Paul Ricard.
“[Let’s] focus on the more important matter of Vettel’s continuing vulnerability under pressure,” he continues.
“Last season, he deliberately banged wheels with Hamilton in Azerbaijan, crashed out in Singapore and entangled himself in Mexico. This season he went from second to fourth while pressing for the lead only to run wide in Baku. Now this.”
“The truth is that Hamilton is driving more cleanly than Vettel. He has not made an error in the white-heat of excitement in the past two seasons. That is a difference between the two men.”
“Is he [Sebastian Vettel] making too many errors to win a fifth title?”