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2014 Point Standings
After China
Championship Standings:
1 Nico Rosberg 79
2 Lewis Hamilton 75
3 Fernando Alonso 41
4 Nico Hulkenberg 36
5 Sebastian Vettel 33
6 Daniel Ricciardo 24
7 Valtteri Bottas 24
8 Jenson Button 23
9 Kevin Magnussen 20
10 Sergio Perez 18
11 Felipe Massa 12
12 Kimi Raikkonen 11
13 Jean-Eric Vergne 4
14 Daniil Kyvat 4

Wins:
1 Lewis Hamilton 3
2 Nico Rosberg 1

Pole Positions:
1 Lewis Hamilton 3
2 Nico Rosberg 1

Podium Finishes
1 Nico Rosberg 4
2 Lewis Hamilton 3
T3 Jenson Button 1
T3 Kevin Magnussen 1
T3 Sebastian Vettel 1
T3 Sergio Perez 1
T3 Fernando Alonso 1

Qualifying Average
1 Lewis Hamilton 1.25
2 Nico Rosberg 2.75
3 Daniel Ricciardo 3.00
4 Fernando Alonso 6.00
5 Sebastian Vettel 7.25
T6 Kimi Raikkonen 8.75
T6 Nico Hulkenberg 8.75
T8 Kevin Magnussen 9.00
T8 Felipe Massa 9.00
T8 Valterri Bottas 9.00
T11 Jenson Button 10.00
T11 Jean-Eric Vergne 10.00
13 Daniil Kyvat 11.75
14 Sergio Perez 12.75
T15 Esteban Gutierrez 15.75
T15 Romain Grosjean 15.75
17 Adrian Sutil 16.00
18 Kamui Kobayashi 18.00
19 Jules Bianchi 19.00
20 Pastor Maldonado 19.50
21 Max Chilton 20.25
22 Marcus Ericsson 20.75

Fastest Laps:
1 Nico Rosberg 3
2 Lewis Hamilton 1

Laps Led:
1 Lewis Hamilton 164
2 Nico Rosberg 60

Retirements
1 Adrian Sutil 3
T2 Marcus Ericsson 2
T2 Pastor Maldonado 2
T2 Esteban Gutierrez 2
T2 Jean-Eric Vergne 2
T2 Romain Grosjean
T7 Jules Bianchi 1
T7 Kamui Kobayashi 1
T7 Felipe Massa 1
T7 Lewis Hamilton 1
T7 Sebastian Vettel 1
T7 Daniel Ricciardo 1

Times Advancing to Q3
T1 Nico Rosberg 4
T1 Lewis Hamilton 4
T1 Daniel Ricciardo 4
T1 Fernando Alonso 4
T5 Kevin Magnussen 3
T5 Valterri Bottas 3
T5 Nico Hulkenberg 3
T5 Felipe Massa 3
T5 Jean-Eric Vergne 2
T10 Jenson Button 2
T10 Kimi Raikkonen 2
T10 Sebastian Vettel 2
T13 Sergio Perez 1
T13 Daniil Kyvat 1
T13 Romain Grosjean 1

Manufacturer Statistics:
Constructors Championship:

1 Mercedes 154
2 Red Bull-Renault 57
3 Force India-Mercedes 54
4 Ferrari 52
5 McLaren-Mercedes 43
6 Williams-Mercedes 36
7 Toro-Rosso Renault 8
8 Lotus-Renault 0
9 Sauber-Ferrari 0
10 Marussia-Ferrari 0
11 Caterham-Renault 0

Wins:
1 Mercedes 4

Pole Positions:
1 Mercedes 4

Podium Finishes
1 Mercedes 7
2 McLaren-Mercedes 2
T3 Red Bull-Renault 1
T3 Force-India Mercedes 1
T3 Ferrari 1

Fastest Laps:
1 Mercedes 4

Laps Led:
1 Mercedes 224

Qualifying Average by Team:
Rank Constructor Average

1 Mercedes 2.00
2 Red Bull 5.12
3 Ferrari 7.37
4 Williams-Mercedes 9.00
5 McLaren-Mercedes 9.50
6 Force-India Mercedes 10.75
7 Toro-Rosso Renault 10.87
8 Sauber-Ferrari 15.87
9 Lotus-Renault 17.62
10 Caterham-Renault 19.37
11 Marussia-Ferrari 19.62

Intra-Team Performance
Qualifying
Red Bull-Renault
Daniel Ricciardo 3
Sebastian Vettel 1

Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton 3
Nico Rosberg 1

Ferrari
Fernando Alonso 3
Kimi Raikkonen 1

Lotus-Renault
Romain Grosjean 4
Pastor Maldonado 0

McLaren-Mercedes
Jenson Button 2
Kevin Magnussen 2

Force India-Mercedes
Nico Hulkenberg 3
Sergio Perez 1

Sauber-Ferrari
Esteban Gutierrez 2
Adrian Sutil 2

Toro Rosso-Renault
Daniil Kyvat 1
Jean-Eric Vergne 3

Williams-Mercedes
Valtteri Bottas 1
Felipe Massa 3

Marussia-Ferrari
Jules Bianchi 3
Max Chilton 1

Caterham-Renault
Marcus Ericcson 0
Kamui Kobayashi 4

Race Performance
Red Bull-Renault
Daniel Ricciardo 2
Sebastian Vettel 2

Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton 3
Nico Rosberg 1

Ferrari
Fernando Alonso 4
Kimi Raikkonen 0

Lotus-Renault
Romain Grosjean 3
Pastor Maldonado 1

McLaren-Mercedes
Jenson Button 3
Kevin Magnussen 1

Force India-Mercedes
Nico Hulkenberg 3
Sergio Perez 1

Sauber-Ferrari
Esteban Gutierrez 1
Adrian Sutil 1

Toro Rosso-Renault
Daniil Kyvat 3
Jean-Eric Vergne 1

Williams-Mercedes
Valtteri Bottas 2
Felipe Massa 2

Marussia-Ferrari
Jules Bianchi 1
Max Chilton 3

Caterham-Renault
Marcus Ericsson 0
Kamui Kobayashi 3
Vettel dominates Belgian Grand Prix

Gives everyone a driving lesson
Sunday, August 25, 2013

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Hamilton, who was schooled by Sebastian Vettel on Sunday, claps for the winner

Sebastian Vettel took the lead from polesitter Lewis Hamilton about 1/3 through the first lap and pulled away to a dominating win in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa.

Fernando Alonso was second in his Ferrari, 16.8 seconds behind, and polesitter Lewis Hamilton finished third in his Mercedes GP, 27.7 seconds behind the winner.

The victory is Vettel's 31st career win.

Fernando Alonso came from 9th on the grid to finish 2nd. 

Nico Rosberg was 4th for Mercedes and Vettel's Red Bull teammate Mark Webber rounded out the top-5.

Vettel led every lap and set fastest race lap in a display of complete domination.  He also led his 2,000th F1 lap in the process, reaching that mark at the youngest age in history.

“I don’t think we expected to be dominant here, and it surprised all of us actually; it's a great result. I think we knew going into the race that our race pace, compared to Mercedes, maybe gave us a little in hand, but we didn't know where we were compared to the others, especially Ferrari, and Lotus looked very quick in dry conditions also. It wasn't clear if the rain was going to come at the end of the race, so we kept pushing, but the gap we had by that stage meant we were able to control the race from there and the last couple of laps weren't too stressful.”

Vettel streaks under the flag for the win
The race started on a dry track as Hamilton led Vettel off the grid and into Turn 1.

Thru Eau Rouge Vettel put his Red Bull in a four wheel drift on the limit of adhesion.

He ran wide on exit but was still at 100% throttle on cold tires.

He carried so much speed thru Eau Rouge that he blew past Hamilton up the Kemmel straight to the top of the hill.

It was all over. Vettel led Hamilton by a massive 1.4 sec at end of lap 1.  He was already out of reach of DRS activation.

Vettel pulled away to 3 second lead by lap 2.

Lap 5 his lead was four seconds.  Vettel then throttled back to cruise mode.

In the greatest drivers track in the world, Vettel gave Hamilton a driving lesson he won't soon forget.

Hamilton battles with Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen's run of 27 points-scoring finishes came an end at Spa when the four-time Belgian GP winner retired with suspected brake failure.

Raikkonen, who has a tendency to either win or retire in Belgium, was forced out of the grand prix on lap 26 when he ran off the track in his pursuit of Felipe Massa.

Trying to overtake the Ferrari driver at the Bus Stop chicane, Raikkonen instead went straight on and then straight into the pits after reporting "brake failure" over the radio.

The Lotus driver's DNF brought to an end his record of 27 grands prix inside the points and was also his first retirement since Germany 2009.

"Some days you run out of luck and today it was our turn," said the Finnish driver.

"I don't know if it was the brakes. It was not a problem until now but we need to check."

Raikkonen's first retirement since the 2009 German GP has dropped him to fourth in the Drivers' Championship where he trails Sebastian Vettel by 63 points.

More to follow....

Results

Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1h23m42.196s
2. Alonso Ferrari +16.869s
3. Hamilton Mercedes +27.734s
4. Rosberg Mercedes +29.872s
5. Webber Red Bull-Renault +33.845s
6. Button McLaren-Mercedes +40.794s
7. Massa Ferrari +53.922s
8. Grosjean Lotus-Renault +55.846s
9. Sutil Force India-Mercedes +1m09.547s
10. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1m13.470s
11. Perez McLaren-Mercedes +1m21.936s
12. Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1m26.740s
13. Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari +1m28.258s
14. Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari +1m40.436s
15. Bottas Williams-Renault +1m47.456s
16. van der Garde Caterham-Renault +1 lap
17. Maldonado Williams-Renault +1 lap
18. Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth +1 lap
19. Chilton Marussia-Cosworth +2 laps
DNF Di Resta Force India-Mercedes On Lap 26
DNF Raikkonen Lotus-Renault On Lap 25
DNF Pic Caterham-Renault On Lap 8

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