F1 FIGHT IS OVER BUT THE WRC IS AS CLOSE AS EVER

Autosport (UK) - - CONTENTS - KEVIN TURNER ED­I­TOR kevin.turner@au­tosport.com

More points given away by Fer­rari and an­other com­mand­ing Lewis Hamil­ton per­for­mance mean that the 2018 Formula 1 World Cham­pi­onship fight is all but over. In all like­li­hood, Hamil­ton will be­come just the third per­son to take five ti­tles at the United States Grand Prix later this month. It was slightly sur­pris­ing to see Se­bas­tian Vet­tel try that move on – of all peo­ple – Max Ver­stap­pen, but in re­al­ity the Fer­rari driver was al­ready fight­ing a los­ing bat­tle. For­tu­nately, one ma­jor ti­tle con­test is still very much alive. The World Rally Cham­pi­onship ar­rived in the UK last week with 13 points be­tween the top two and 23 points cov­er­ing the lead­ing trio. Af­ter an­other dra­matic con­test through the mud in Wales, Se­bastien Ogier took a record-break­ing fifth Rally GB vic­tory, as David Evans ex­plains in our re­port on page 34. Ogier’s suc­cess puts him within seven points of Thierry Neuville, while the un­for­tu­nate Ott Tanak is still in con­tention with two rounds to go, 21 points off the top. And that’s three drivers from three dif­fer­ent teams. Not only is the WRC pro­vid­ing one of its great­est sea­sons, there will be more home­grown in­ter­est next year with the news that Kris Meeke will re­turn (p4). Meeke’s ejec­tion from Citroen in May af­ter one too many crashes was dra­matic, but the 39-year-old re­mains a rapid rally driver. Which is pre­sum­ably ex­actly why Toy­ota has moved to add him to its line-up. With bench­mark driver Ogier mov­ing to the be­lea­guered Citroen squad and Tanak now an es­tab­lished cham­pi­onship con­tender, it looks as though the WRC will pro­vide plenty of new sto­ry­lines in 2019. Won­der if F1 will.

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