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Sebastian Vettel claims flawless Spa Francorchamps Victory

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel claimed his fifth race win of the season at Spa in flawless fashion after taking the lead on the Kemmel Straight on the first lap, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and pole sitter, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton claimed the second and third step of the podium, respectively.

Start of Belgian Grand Prix 2013

Lewis Hamilton made a good start initially to get into La Source in the lead but the mighty speed of the Red Bull hauled in Hamilton through Eau Rogue allowing Vettel to make the pass before entering the braking zone for Les Combes, which indicates that Mercedes have fallen back somewhat!

Mark Webber had a terrible start to the race, falling back to sixth place before Les Combes on lap one, falling behind the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and McLaren of Jenson Button off the start before becoming victim to the relentless Fernando Alonso before Les Combes. After dispatching the Australian, Alonso set about reeling in Jenson Button in fourth place, making the pass down the Kemmel Straight on lap 5 and the Spaniard didn’t have to wait long to move upto third overtaking Nico Rosberg on lap 6, ninth to third in six laps is pretty impressive stuff from the Ferrari driver.

McLaren’s Sergio Perez’ over-exuberant driving style got him in trouble in Spa Francorchamps after forcing Romain Grosjean off the track going into Les Combes while battling for 10th place, Grosjean losing two places in the process while Perez got a drive-through penalty for his actions which ultimately cost him and McLaren valuable points, the Mexican finishing the race in 11th place.

Alonso made an easy pass on Hamilton under DRS for second place on lap 15 amongst a flurry of overtakes in the middle stint of the race, Alonso passing Button, while Button overtook Massa and Grosjean. Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen who had been struggling with overheating brakes eventually suffered a terminal failure on lap 26 while overtaking Massa, forcing the Finn into retirement.

Force India’s Paul di Resta looked like being on for a point or two was in the wrong place at the wrong time being taken out by William’s Pastor Maldonado in the Bus Stop Chicane. The Venezuelan getting his line into the chicane all wrong as four cars attempted to enter the chicane at the same time, first tagging di Resta’s team mate before T-boning di Resta’s car putting the Scot out of the race while Maldonado continued. The Venezuelan later served a stop/go penalty for his actions.

STR’s Daniel Ricciardo, who is hotly tipped to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull next season finished the race in 10th place after starting 19th because of a bad strategy call in a changeable qualifying session. But you’d have to say that he was fortunate to claim a point given Raikkonen’s and di Resta’s retirements, even so, he still finished two places ahead of his team mate who started ahead.

Top 10 finishing positions for the Belgian Grand Prix:

1. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 1:23:42.196
2. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) +16.800
3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) +27.700
4. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) +29.800
5. Mark Webber (Red Bull) +33.800
6. Jenson Button (McLaren) +40.700
7. Felipe Massa (Ferrari) +53.900
8. Romain Grosjean (Lotus) +55.800
9. Adrian Sutil (Force India) +69.500
10. Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso) +73.400

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