Sebastian Vettel is now leading the Formula 1 standings after his win at Silverstone two weeks ago, proving that he has the consistency to genuinely challenge Lewis Hamilton for the full length of the season. The stage, then, is set for the remaining 11 race weekends to provide some of the most entertaining and competitive racing in years, starting with the German Grand Prix on Sunday.

Kimi Raikkonen, Vettel’s teammate at Ferrari, is the only drive to offer a credible challenge to the two leaders, but at 65 points behind and an undisputed number two driver there is little chance of him closing that gap significantly.

With Hockenheim the penultimate race before the three-week summer break after Budapest, the reliability of both Ferrari and Mercedes is something that stands out – Hamilton’s exit in the Austrian Grand Prix is the only time that he or his German rival have not finished in a points positions.

The fight to finish in the positions between third and sixth in the drivers’ championship is also intriguing, with just 13 points separating Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo, Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen. All drivers, wherever they are in the standings – or the grid in Germany after Saturday’s qualification session – can be backed at with head-to-head odds; they are pitted against direct rivals as well as team-mates.

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