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Vettel Leads DHL Fastest Lap Race Midway Through Season

Matching this season’s tight race for the Driver’s Championship, it’s a close one so far as Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel takes Fastest Lap lead over his very fast Finnish rival.

Sebastian Vettel on his way to his third fastest lap of the 2012 season on July 29 in Hungary

2011 World Driver’s Champion, Sebastian Vettel, has been getting some grief this year for not living up to his unbeatable performance of the past two seasons. After dominating Formula 1™ for two years, the German has only managed one checkered flag in 2012. But that’s not to say the world champ isn’t driving well – and fast! He is , after all, in third place in the Driver’s Championship and therefore remains in the hunt for the title this year.

He’s also leading the pack in this season’s extremely tight race for the 2012 DHL Fastest Lap Trophy. With fastest laps in Bahrain, Canada and Hungary, the Red Bull driver is just one ahead of Kimi Räikkönen of Team Lotus-Renault. The Finn is having a heck of season himself. With five trips to the podium and fastest laps in Malaysia and Great Britain, he’s in fifth place and only six points behind Vettel in the driver’s standings.

After watching Red Bull’s Mark Webber destroy the pack last season with six fastest laps, it looks like this season could be a real nail biter.

The grid at the Hungaroring Circuit just before the start of the FORMULA 1 ENI MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ 2012

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