Vettel Wins Again!

Updated: August 25, 2013

Vettel has taken his 5th win of the season after a one of his trademark dominating performances. Alonso came home 2nd with Hamilton finishing off the top 3.

After the excitement of the qualifying the stage was set for an excellent race around the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit. As the lights went out Hamilton and Button make a good start, with Button immediately moving up 4th by the time the field is round La Source. Mark Webber on the other hand makes a characteristic poor start, dropping back a few places. Mark then fell foul of Fernando Alonso, with the Australian being overtake on the rundown to Eau Rouge. Surprisingly there is no contact through the first corner, and everyone makes it round cleanly. Hamilton is in the lead but Vettel has a much better run through Raidillon, and he easily passes Lewis to take the lead, where he promptly begins to build a huge gap. The race has already been won and there is less than half a lap gone.

Lap 3 and the 2 Marussias are dropping back already. I had hoped they’d be able to hold position but Jules is in 20th, and Chilton is last. Giedo van der Garde on the other had is holding his own, compared to his rivals he’s only lost 1 place. How long can he stay there for though? Meanwhile Vettel just continues to open the gap, nearly 3 seconds now.


A lap later and Fernando has finally passed Button for 4th. He gets a better run through Eau Rouge and with the help of DRS, easily powers past the McLaren. A lap later and Webber does a similar move. Button’s great start is being ruined by the uncompetitiveness of his car. Vettel meanwhile is up to 4 seconds ahead. Alonso is also screaming along, he’s just passed Rosberg and has Hamilton in his sights.

Les Combes seems to by a favourite overtaking spot today. Sergio Perez gets up the inside of Romain Grosjean in and aggressive overtake. Grosjean has to take to the escape road to avoid a potential accident. He tells his engineer what he thinks of the move, profanity most definitely included. That move earns Perez a drive through penalty, somewhat unjust in my opinion. On lap 10 the first few pit stops happen, with Hulkenberg and Massa coming in for new tyres. A top job by Ferrari means Felipe gets out first, but Nico is hot on his heels. Charles Pic retires with an oil problem, a disappointing way to end the weekend.

Jenson Button appears to be on a 1 stop strategy, and inevitably leads the race. It wont last though as Vettel is on fresh tyres. At least McLaren can savour the feeling of leading a race. Last time that happened was in Malaysia. More casual passes around the track in the next few laps. DRS seems to be a drivers best friend this weekend. The second favourite overtaking spot is the bus stop chicane. Button stood no chance and Vettel sweeps round the outside of the McLaren.

2 laps later and the bus stop is the centre of attention once again. Di Resta, Sutil, Gutierrez and Maldonado come through Blanchimont neck and neck and it looks like they’re going to go through the chicane 4 abreast.The 2 Force Indias back off allowing Maldonado to make a move on Gutierrez. He carries too much speed and overshoots the corner. As he takes to the track again he attempts to dodge Sutil but just tags the back anyway. But in doing so he ploughs straight into the back of Paul Di Resta. The back of Di Resta’s Force India is destroyed, with the wheel hanging over the back of the car, and the rear wing is flattened. It was an honest mistake but the stewards will take a dim view. At least Paul doesn’t have very far to walk, though he looks despondent. Maldonado quickly darts into the pits, lucky for him he only damaged his front wing, something that can easily be replaced. All hopes of a safety car are dashed though, as the car is easily recovered.








The stewards are on the war path today, with Maldonado and Chilton both receiving penalties. For causing a collision and ignoring blue flags respectively. Jenson Button’s one stop plan is thrown out the window as he takes to the pits. He was set for this years maiden podium for McLaren. He’s still in a points scoring position but still a slight disappointment. Esteban Gutierrez is the next driver to fall foul of the stewards, allegedly cutting the track to gain an advantage.

Massa passes Grosjean down Kemmel but that seems like the last move of the Grand Prix. Vettel leads out the next few laps to take a crushing victory by almost 20 seconds. Alonso comes home 2nd and Lewis finishes a somewhat distant 3rd. I think Alonso will be pleased with the progress Ferrari have made but coming second only means Vettel moves even further ahead.

Race result is as follows:

  1. Sebastian Vettel-Red Bull
  2. Fernando Alonso-Ferrari
  3. Lewis Hamilton-Mercedes
  4. Nico Rosberg-Mercedes
  5. Mark Webber-Red Bull
  6. Jenson Button-McLaren
  7. Felipe Massa-Ferrari
  8. Romain Grosjean-Lotus
  9. Adrian Sutil-Force India
  10. Daniel Ricciardo-Toro Rosso
  11. Sergio Perez-McLaren
  12. Jean-Eric Vergne-Toro Rosso
  13. Nico Hulkenberg-Sauber
  14. Esteban Gutierrez-Sauber
  15. Valtteri Bottas-Williams
  16. Giedo van der Garde-Caterham
  17. Pastor Maldonado-Williams
  18. Jules Bianchi-Marussia
  19. Max Chilton-Marussia
  20. Paul Di Resta-Force India-Collision
  21. Kimi Raikkonen-Lotus-Brake Failure
  22. Charles Pic-Caterham-Oil pump issue

F1 Article by Harry Wright

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