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Vettel dominates Belgian GP to extend title lead
Sunday 25th August 2013, 14:36 by TF1T Staff
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Sebastian Vettel dominated the Belgian Grand Prix after passing pole sitter Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap to claim the lead where he remained for the entirety of the race.
Not even a Greenpeace protest could stop the German in his efforts as he extended his lead in the championship over Fernando Alonso who finished a distant second, but crucially jumps Kimi Raikkonen in the standings after the Finn retired with a brake issue, ending his record run of 38-consecutive finishes.
Lewis Hamilton finished third ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg, the second Red Bull of Mark Webber and Jenson Button in sixth to help McLaren move ahead of Force India in the constructors' championship.
Felipe Massa and Romain Grosjean were seventh and eighth whilst Adrian Sutil finishes just ahead of Daniel Ricciardo who eventually secured the final point.
The race remained dry throughout despite early indications that it could be hit by some showers.
Race Result - 2013 Belgian Grand Prix:
# Driver Team Gap Pts 01. S. Vettel Red Bull 25 02. F. Alonso Ferrari +16.8 18 03. L. Hamilton Mercedes +27.7 15 04. N. Rosberg Mercedes +29.8 12 05. M. Webber Red Bull +33.8 10 06. J. Button McLaren +40.7 8 07. F. Massa Ferrari +53.9 6 08. R. Grosjean Lotus +55.8 4 09. A. Sutil Force India +69.5 2 10. D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso +73.4 1 11. S. Perez McLaren +81.9 12. J. Vergne Toro Rosso +86.7 13. N. Hulkenberg Sauber +88.2 14. E. Gutierrez Sauber +1 lap 15. V. Bottas Williams +1 lap 16. G. van der Garde Caterham +1 lap 17. P. Maldonado Williams +1 lap 18. J. Bianchi Marussia +1 lap 19. M. Chilton Marussia +2 laps 20. P. di Resta Force India Retired 21. K. Raikkonen Lotus Retired 22. C. Pic Caterham Retired
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