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The story of the 2018 F1 season so far

Updated 1531 GMT (2331 HKT) November 25, 2018
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Lewis Hamilton sprays second-placed Sebastian Vettel with champagne after winning the Abu Dhabi season-ending race, 11th of his title winning season. Lars Baron/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Lewis Hamilton celebrates his 10th win of the season as he takes the Brazilian GP ahead of Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen. Lars Baron/Getty Images South America/Getty Images
Lewis Hamilton savors the moment after clinching his fifth F1 world title with fourth place behind Max Verstappen in the Mexican Grand Prix. Dan Istitene/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Race winner Kimi Raikkonen is flanked by second-placed Max Verstappen (far left) and Lewis Hamilton, who finished third after a thrilling US Grand Prix. Hamilton increased his title lead to 70 points over Sebastian Vettel ahead of the final three rounds of the championship. Mark Thompson/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Race winner Lewis Hamilton had plenty to celebrate after claiming victory in the Japanese GP at Suzuka to lead the world championship by 67 points with four rounds remaining. Charles Coates/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Lewis Hamilton (no 44) overtook fellow Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas under team orders on his way to a decisive victory in the 2018 F1 title race as he extended his advantage over Sebastian Vettel to 50 points. Clive Mason/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Lewis Hamilton led from pole position in his famous No.44 Mercedes and took his seventh victory of the season on the Marina Bay street circuit in Singapore. Clive Mason/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Hamilton stormed to a record-equalling fifth Italian Grand Prix victory -- overtaking both Ferraris in the process. Will Taylor-Medhurst/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Lewis Hamilton celebrates with the trophy on the podium after winning the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring near Budapest to extend his title lead over Sebastian Vettel to 24 points. ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Hamilton celebrates an extraordinary comeback win at the German Grand Prix to give him a 17-point championship lead as title rival Sebastian Vettel crashed out ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Dutch driver Max Verstappen claims a dramatic victory at the home of Red Bull Racing. But how does that impact the Drivers' Championship? ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Sebastian Vettel took full advantage of a bizarre incident involving both cars of the American-owned Haas team to claim the opening race of the 2018 Formula One season in Australia. Mark Thompson/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Vettel -- 25 points
Hamilton -- 18 points
Raikonnen -- 15 points
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Vettel won for the second time in as many races at the Bahrain Grand Prix. But the Italian team's victory was overshadowed after one of its mechanics suffered a broken leg when he was hit by Kimi Raikkonen's car during a pit stop. GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Vettel -- 50 points
Hamilton -- 33 points
Bottas -- 22 points
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An inspired Daniel Ricciardo claimed a remarkable and unexpected victory from sixth on the grid after a tactical masterstroke by his Red Bull team in Shanghai, with furious championship leader Vettel back in eighth place. Mark Thompson/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Vettel -- 54 points
Hamilton -- 45 points
Bottas -- 40 points
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Lewis Hamilton was the chief beneficiary of a late puncture suffered by his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas as he clinched his first win of the season at April's action-packed Azerbaijan Grand Prix. KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Hamilton -- 70 points
Vettel -- 66 points
Raikkonen -- 48 points
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After his unlikely victory in Azerbaijan, it was a second straight win for Hamilton as he bids for a fifth world championship -- and it could not have been more comfortable. Dan Istitene/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Hamilton -- 95 points
Vettel -- 78 points
Bottas -- 57 points
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Ricciardo nursed his ailing Red Bull to a remarkable victory on the streets of Monte Carlo and with it made up for his 2016 heartbreak on the same circuit. Dan Istitene/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Hamilton -- 110 points
Vettel -- 96 points
Ricciardo -- 72 points
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Sebastian Vettel's 50th career victory saw him replace Lewis Hamilton at the top of the championship standings to cap an emotional day for the Ferrari team. Dan Istitene/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Vettel -- 121 points
Hamilton -- 120 points
Bottas -- 86 points
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Briton Lewis Hamilton won the first French Grand Prix since 2008.
The Mercedes driver avoided the worst of a dramatic start that saw title rival Sebastian Vettel clip Valtteri Bottas. Both drivers sustained damage in the collision, forcing them to pit early them and fall to the back of the grid.
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Hamilton -- 145 points
Vettel -- 131 points
Ricciardo -- 96 points
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Red Bull's Max Verstappen won a dramatic Austrian Grand Prix as hitherto championship leader Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas, were forced to retire. ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Vettel - 146 points
Hamilton - 145 points
Raikkonen - 101 points
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Home favorite Lewis Hamilton was denied a sixth victory at the British Grand Prix as Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel took control of the championship at Silverstone Mark Thompson/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Vettel - 171Hamilton - 163Raikkonen - 116 Dan Istitene/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Hamilton fought back from 14th on the grid to claim an astonishing victory as Vettel crashed out at Hockenheim. ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Hamilton - 188
Vettel - 171
Raikkonen - 131
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Hamilton went into F1's summer break with a season-high 24-point advantage in the title race over Vettel after winning at the Hungaroring. Laszlo Balogh/AP
Hamilton -- 213 points
Vettel -- 189 points
Raikkonen -- 146 points
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Fernando Alonso's car was launched over the top of Charles Leclerc on the opening corner of the Belgian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel went on to win at Spa to cut Lewis Hamilton's lead at the top of the Driver Standings to 17 points. Mark Thompson/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Hamilton -- 231Vettel -- 214Raikkonen - 146 Dan Mullan/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Ferrari's sea of fans -- the 'Tifosi' -- hold up a flag making fun of Lewis Hamilton, but he has the last laugh, winning the Italian Grand Prix for the fifth time ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/AFP/Getty Images