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After Bahrain
Championship Standings:
1 Nico Rosberg 61
2 Lewis Hamilton 50
3 Nico Hulkenberg 28
4 Fernando Alonso 26
5 Jenson Button 23
6 Sebastian Vettel 23
7 Kevin Magnussen 20
8 Valtteri Bottas 18
9 Sergio Perez 16
10 Daniel Ricciardo 12
11 Felipe Massa 12
12 Kimi Raikkonen 7
13 Jean-Eric Vergne 4
14 Daniil Kyvat 3

1 Lewis Hamilton 2
2 Nico Rosberg 1

Pole Positions:
1 Lewis Hamilton 2
2 Nico Rosberg 1

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

Qualifying Average
1 Lewis Hamilton 1.33
2 Nico Rosberg 2.33
3 Daniel Ricciardo 3.33
4 Fernando Alonso 6.33
5 Kevin Magnussen 7.00
6 Kimi Raikkonen 8.00
T7 Nico Hulkenberg 8.67
T7 Sebastian Vettel 8.67
9 Jenson Button 9.33
10 Valterri Bottas 9.67
11 Felipe Massa 10.00
12 Jean-Eric Vergne 10.33
13 Daniil Kyvat 11.33
14 Sergio Perez 11.67
15 Esteban Gutierrez 15.67
16 Adrian Sutil 16.67
17 Romain Grosjean 17.67
18 Kamui Kobayashi 18.00
19 Pastor Maldonado 18.67
20 Jules Bianchi 19.00
21 Max Chilton 20.00
22 Marcus Ericsson 21.00

Fastest Laps:
1 Nico Rosberg 2
2 Lewis Hamilton 1

Laps Led:
1 Lewis Hamilton 110
2 Nico Rosberg 60

T1 Pastor Maldonado 2
T1 Marcus Ericsson 2
T1 Adrian Sutil 2
T1 Esteban Gutierrez 2
T1 Jean-Eric Vergne 2
T6 Lewis Hamilton 1
T6 Jules Bianchi 1
T6 Kamui Kobayashi 1
T6 Felipe Massa 1
T6 Romain Grosjean 1
T6 Sebastian Vettel 1
T6 Daniel Ricciardo 1

Times Advancing to Q3
T1 Nico Rosberg 3
T1 Lewis Hamilton 3
T1 Daniel Ricciardo 3
T1 Fernando Alonso 3
T1 Kevin Magnussen 3
T6 Valterri Bottas 2
T6 Kimi Raikkonen 2
T6 Felipe Massa 2
T6 Jenson Button 2
T6 Nico Hulkenberg 2
T11 Sergio Perez 1
T11 Daniil Kyvat 1
T11 Jean-Eric Vergne 1
T11 Sebastian Vettel 1

Manufacturer Statistics:
Constructors Championship:

1 Mercedes 111
2 Force-India Mercedes 44
3 McLaren-Mercedes 43
4 Red Bull-Renault 35
5 Ferrari 33
6 Williams-Mercedes 30
7 Toro-Rosso Renault 7

1 Mercedes 3

Pole Positions:
1 Mercedes 3

Podium Finishes
1 Mercedes 5
2 McLaren-Mercedes 2
T3 Red Bull-Renault 1
T3 Force-India Mercedes 1

Fastest Laps:
1 Mercedes 3

Laps Led:
1 Mercedes 170

Qualifying Average by Team:
Rank Constructor Average

1 Mercedes 1.83
2 Red Bull 6.00
3 Ferrari 7.17
4 McLaren-Mercedes 8.17
5 Williams-Mercedes 9.83
6 Force-India Mercedes 10.17
7 Toro-Rosso Renault 10.67
8 Sauber-Ferrari 16.17
9 Lotus-Renault 18.17
T10 Marussia-Ferrari 19.5
T10 Caterham-Renault 19.5

Intra-Team Performance

Red Bull-Renault
Daniel Ricciardo 2
Sebastian Vettel 1

Lewis Hamilton 2
Nico Rosberg 1

Fernando Alonso 2
Kimi Raikkonen 1

Romain Grosjean 3
Pastor Maldonado 0

Jenson Button 1
Kevin Magnussen 2

Force India-Mercedes
Nico Hulkenberg 2
Sergio Perez 1

Esteban Gutierrez 2
Adrian Sutil 1

Toro Rosso-Renault
Daniil Kyvat 1
Jean-Eric Vergne 2

Valtteri Bottas 1
Felipe Massa 2

Jules Bianchi 2
Max Chilton 1

Marcus Ericcson 0
Kamui Kobayashi 3

Race Performance
Red Bull-Renault
Daniel Ricciardo 1
Sebastian Vettel 2

Lewis Hamilton 2
Nico Rosberg 1

Fernando Alonso 3
Kimi Raikkonen 0

Romain Grosjean 3
Pastor Maldanado 0

Jenson Button 2
Kevin Magnussen 1

Force India-Mercedes
Nico Hulkenberg 2
Sergio Perez 1

Esteban Gutierrez 0
Adrian Sutil 1

Toro Rosso-Renault
Daniil Kyvat 2
Jean-Eric Vergne 1

Valtteri Bottas 1
Felipe Massa 2

Jules Bianchi 0
Max Chilton 3

Marcus Ericsson 0
Kamui Kobayashi 2
Vettel dominates Belgian Grand Prix

Gives everyone a driving lesson
Sunday, August 25, 2013


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....


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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