All Vets are off

Sebastian Vettel started in pole and crossed the line first at the Belgium Grand Prix at at Spa-Francorchamps. His team-mate Mark Webber made it a Red Bull 1-2, with Jenson Button snatching the final podium spot from Fernando Alonso just two laps from the end.

In the race that marked 20 years in Formula One for Michael Schumacher, the German moved from last place on the grid to finish fifth. Lewis Hamilton in typical style was more overstretched himself proving more competitive than his car when, on lap 13, he crashed in spectacular style after battling with Kamui Kobayashi for fourth place.

The big loser of day was F1 newcomer Bruno Senna, who had qualified in seventh place, but collided with Jaime Alguersari, an incident for which he received a drive-through penalty.

As the race entered its closing stages, it was all up for grabs and down to race tactics. The leading cars were forced to pit for the obligatory hard tyres, which Vettel managed to do fastest enabling him to bag the win.

All hopes of catching the Red Bull driver in the driver's championship are now nigh on impossible, with most of the chasing pack already throwing in the towel to the all-conqueoring German.

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