Hamil­ton lucky to earn win

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

LEWIS Hamil­ton ad­mit­ted he rode his luck af­ter fi­nally kick-start­ing his cham­pi­onship de­fence with vic­tory in the Azer­bai­jan Grand Prix.

The Bri­tish driver was the for­tu­nate re­cip­i­ent of a com­bi­na­tion of dif­fer­ent events in­volv­ing his main ri­vals to win a chaotic race and take charge of the ti­tle race for the first time this year.

He de­parted Baku four points clear of Se­bas­tian Vet­tel af­ter the Fer­rari driver, who had con­trolled most of the race, fin­ished only fourth.

Vet­tel lost his lead then fell fur­ther down the or­der.

Valt­teri Bot­tas looked set to win only to en­counter a 220mph right-rear tyre blowout with just three laps re­main­ing to hand Hamil­ton his first win of the sea­son.

Hamil­ton said: “Valt­teri de­served to win. He did an ex­cep­tional job and had a fault­less drive.”

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