Hamilton needs a break in tense F1 title fight with Vettel

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Heading into Formula One's mid-season break, Lewis Hamilton is completely drained.

It has been a topsy-turvy 11 races so far, with nine to come after a month off. Hamilton trails F1 leader Sebastian Vettel by 14 points, with both drivers winning four races. But Mercedes has struggled with reliability issues on its tires and problems with car balance, all of which has taken its toll on Hamilton.

He clearly needs a rest before the tussle with Vettel starts again at the Belgian Grand Prix on Aug. 27.

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Formula 1 Leaders: Points
RankDriverPointsWins
1 S.Vettel 202 4
2 L.Hamilton 188 4
3 V.Bottas 169 2
4 D.Ricciardo 117 1
5 K.Raikkonen 116 0
6 M.Verstappen 67 0
7 S.Perez 56 0
8 E.Ocon 45 0
9 C.Sainz Jr. 35 0
10 N.Hulkenberg 26 0
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