After 12 races, Hamilton has 213 points to Vettel's 189.
The Mercedes-AMG team questioned Ferrari's 'tactics' after first-lap spin.
Vettel bumps off Hamilton heading into British Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton celebrated one of the luckiest wins of his career on Sunday after a crash-strewn and chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix that catapulted him into the lead of the Formula One world championship.
Ferrari was fined 50,000 euros ($61,385) on Sunday after one of its Formula One mechanics was hit by Kimi Raikkonen's car and suffered a broken leg during a Bahrain Grand Prix pitstop.
MELBOURNE - Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton roared to a record seventh pole at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Saturday, blitzing the field with a searing lap in his Mercedes at Albert Park. The Briton flew around the lakeside circuit in one minute, 21.164 seconds with his final effort, leaving a yawning gap of 0.664 seconds to Ferrari's second fastest Kimi Raikkonen. Four-times champion Sebastian Vettel was third fastest for Ferrari but Hamilton was in a class of his own.
It's unveiled on same day as Lewis Hamilton's new Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton second-fastest going into his 200th race
Vettel's lead in the 2017 championship stretches to 14 points.
Four in a row for Hamilton, five British Grand Prix victories in all.
But Sebastian Vettel is right on his tail.
"It was a very tense race. I knew that (staying out) was the chance to win and I was able to use that window and come out ahead. After that I was able to control the gap behind," said Vettel.
The door to the Formula 1 Driver's Championship closed a little more on Lewis Hamilton after a pass-happy Japanese Grand Prix. The Briton has a historic hurdle to climb in order to three-peat as World Champion.
The 2016 Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix started and ended with bangs - one more literal than the other. In between, differing race strategies mixed up the field and almost mixed up the end of the race.
Even though the midfield has come alive, the off-track issues at the 2016 German F1 Grand Prix are more interesting than the racing. We recap what happened on the circuit and beyond it heading into the four-week summer break.
The 2016 British GP provided a wet stew of spins, Safety Cars, tire changes, penalties, and questions about the new pecking order at Mercedes.
This particular comedy of errors will have ramifications for the rest of the season.
Autoblog recaps the 2016 European Grand Prix in Azerbaijan. Mercedes' Nico Rosberg won, ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Force India's Sergio Perez.
The Spanish Grand Prix is usually less than dramatic - the pole-sitter has won the race 19 of the last 25 years. This year things would be very different.