Vettel dominates at Spa

He may have made it look easy but there is nothing “easy” about Spa Francorchamps. Sebastian Vettel wins the 2013 Belgian Grand Prix in fine style and took hold of the race at Kemmel Straight on the first lap.

The key for many was to see exactly where Mercedes were with their tires. The team won the hungarian Grand Prix but that circuit is more akin to Monaco. When the team put serious side-loads into the tire and generated a lot of heat was the one remaining question. To those ends, I think we got the answer…the team have made advances in their tire performance and Lewis Hamilton secured a terrific third place behind Fernando Alonso.

For Fernando, the Ferrari F138 seemed more competitive at Spa and he overcame a disastrous qualifying session from 9th on the grid to secure 2nd place on Sunday. Fernando leaps back into second place in the driver’s championship with his podium finish.

It was a bad day for Lotus F1’s Kimi Raikkonen who suffered from brake failure and ended his consecutive points-scoring performance at 27 races in a row.

11Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault441:23:42.196225
23Fernando AlonsoFerrari44+16.8 secs918
310Lewis HamiltonMercedes44+27.7 secs115
49Nico RosbergMercedes44+29.8 secs412
52Mark WebberRed Bull Racing-Renault44+33.8 secs310
65Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes44+40.7 secs68
74Felipe MassaFerrari44+53.9 secs106
88Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault44+55.8 secs74
915Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes44+69.5 secs122
1019Daniel RicciardoSTR-Ferrari44+73.4 secs191
116Sergio PerezMcLaren-Mercedes44+81.9 secs13
1218Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Ferrari44+86.7 secs18
1311Nico HulkenbergSauber-Ferrari44+88.2 secs11
1412Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari44+100.4 secs21
1517Valtteri BottasWilliams-Renault44+107.4 secs20
1621Giedo van der GardeCaterham-Renault43+1 Lap14
1716Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault43+1 Lap17
1822Jules BianchiMarussia-Cosworth43+1 Lap15
1923Max ChiltonMarussia-Cosworth42+2 Laps16
Ret14Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes26Accident5
Ret7Kimi RäikkönenLotus-Renault25Brakes8
Ret20Charles PicCaterham-Renault8Oil leak22

How did you see the race? Who were your driver’s of the race? What did you notice about the performance of Mercedes or even a resurgent McLaren?

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