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F1 – Hamilton plays down title hopes

Lewis Hamilton is not hugely confident that he can overturn the 20-point deficit to Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in the race for the Formula 1 drivers' championship. The 32-year-old Mercedes driver had to battle to a fourth-placed finish at Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix having started down in eighth place after being hit with a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change. Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas won the race, but Vettel took second spot to extend his lead over the three-time world champion. And despite having 11 races remaining in 2017, Hamilton was in a pessimistic mood when asked about his chances of finishing on top. He said: "I don't have a crystal ball but it doesn't look great. "There is a long way to go. The bigger the gap gets, the more the pressure builds." Hamilton, who is now 10/11 with bet365 to win the drivers championship, will look to get back to winning ways at his home British Grand Prix at Silverstone next Sunday.

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