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Race highlights - Belgium 2013 - A less-than-stellar race at Spa despite lead changes, crashes and more

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Red Bull a blur at Spa

We expected a lot from the Belgian Grand Prix, particularly as there was a threat of rain in the air. The showers moved away from the track which meant we had a dry race throughout, and the field began to spread which made the end of the race a little less than exciting.

However, before that, there were plenty of incidents - a few drivers picked up penalties, there were crashes and spins, plus some lead changes despite a dominant first driver. If you missed any of the action or want to relive the race lap by lap, these Factbyte Factbox highlights should be exactly what you need.

As it happened: Belgium 2013 - The race

Event Highlights

  • Vettel wins the race, after taking the lead from polesitter Hamilton on the first lap.
  • Alonso and Lewis finish on the podium, with Fernando regaining second in the championship.
  • Räikkönen ends his consecutive points finishes by retiring with a brake problem.
  • Maldonado and Di Resta crash, knocking Paul out of the race and gaining Pastor a 10 second stop/go penalty
  • 12:03

    Hello Fact Fans, welcome to the FBFB for the Belgian Grand Prix.

  • 12:04

    All eyes are on the weather over Spa, as it remains dry for now but rain moves in every direction to surround the circuits.

  • 12:05

    Lewis Hamilton secured his fourth consecutive pole position yesterday, and lines up on the grid with two eager Red Bull drivers behind him.

  • 12:05
    Circuit Data
    Local timezone+02:00 GMT
    First race1950
    Number of laps44
    Circuit length7.004km
    Race distance308.052km
    Start offset0.124km
  • 12:06

    It's a long old track at Spa, and we've already seen some great examples that it can be dry at one end and raining at the other.

  • 12:07

    First practice was wet, second was dry. Third was dry, qualifying was wet. What will the race be?

  • 12:08

    Paul di Resta made an early gamble in the final session of qualifying, selecting the right tyre at the right time to set a P1 time that held until the dying moments. He eventually lost out to fifth but that's still a great position for the Force India driver.

  • 12:09
    Qualifying Position
    1L HamiltonMercedes
    2S VettelRed Bull
    3M WebberRed Bull
    4N RosbergMercedes
    5P di RestaForce India
    6J ButtonMcLaren
    7R GrosjeanLotus
    8K RäikkönenLotus
    9F AlonsoFerrari
    10F MassaFerrari
  • 12:10

    Very difficult qualifying for the Lotus and Ferrari duo, and for championship contenders Räikkönen and Alonso, there's a lot of work to be done to minimise the damage today.

  • 12:12

    Hard and medium compoundsPirelli have brought the hard and medium compounds this weekend, although we've also seen the green intermediates as well.

    Sebastian Vettel experienced something of a tyre failure/puncture on the rear right during practice, which has raised eyebrows over whether the compound problems we've seen before are actually fixed or not.

  • 12:14

    QuoteInterview with Paul di Resta: "Definitely in the right direction, P5 is a good position for us, hopefully we can stay there if it's a dry race. We've had a few difficult races but so far this year has been great and everyone in the team is looking forward to hopefully a good race."

  • 12:14

    A glimpse of the rain moving in and around Spa, the little dot in the centre.

  • 12:15

    TweetTweet from @F1onNBCSports: The added risk with rain is that many drivers have already used the majority of their intermediate tires. Makes for an interesting race!

  • 12:17
    Lap Data
    (data from Williams F1)
    Fuel consumption3.2kg
    Fuel lap time penalty0.4s/10kg
    Full throttle70%
    Top speed324kph
    Average speed230kph
    Longest straight2015m
    Pit lane loss17.1s
    Pit lane length386m
  • 12:21

    Jenson Button won this race last year, helped along by the crazy antics of Romain Grosjean taking out several other contenders for the victory. This year, Grosjean is further up the grid than he was last time - 9th back then, 7th this time. Will he be able to get through the first corner cleanly?

  • 12:24

    TweetTweet from @MercedesAMGF1: 40 minutes to the race - no rain at the moment but a heavy grey sky... #F1 #Spa #BelgiumGP

  • 12:26

    Di Resta wasn't the only story in qualifying, we also some impressive stuff from the Caterham and Marussia teams.

  • 12:27

    In the first session, a switch to the slick tyres meant they found pace at the right time, allowing three of the four backmarker drivers to get out of Q1 - both Marussia boys, plus Giedo van der Garde. The Dutchman was actually third fastest in that first session.

  • 12:28

    They were at the back of the second session, lining up on the grid as follows.

    Grid Position
    14G van der GardeCaterham
    15J BianchiMarussia
    16M ChiltonMarussia
  • 12:30

    QuoteStefano Domenicali isn't writing off Ferrari's title chances just yet: "Considering the championship, the only thing, we need to stay connected to the leaders as much as we can. We have a special track in Monza, last year we were competitive… we were not able to win the race. Then from Singapore we start the last part of the season, where if you are able to bring new parts to the car, if you are close to the leaders, as I said, it's very long."

  • 12:31

    There's half an hour to go, the pit lane has just opened so the engines are firing up and cars are starting to wind their way round to the grid.

  • 12:31
    Braking Analysis
    Turn 1
    (forecast data from Brembo)
    Initial speed290km/h
    Final speed73km/h
    Stopping distance123m
    Braking time2.92s
    Maximum deceleration4.65g
    Maximum pedal load124kg
    Braking power1912kw
  • 12:33

    A Caterham stops at the pit exit for a practice start, backing up the cars behind him. That's not the first time we'll see a Caterham train today, I think!

  • 12:33

    The Williams and Toro Rosso drivers were the main casualties of Q1, dropping out where the regular backmarkers were moving forward. Pastor Maldonado, who scored Williams' first point of the season at the last race, starts 17th.

  • 12:42

    @WilliamsF1Team: Pastor on the grid now ahead of the #BelgianGP

  • 12:43

    QuoteInterview with Max Chilton: "What an amazing achievement it is for a young team to be up here. We got it right in Q1, and we did the job in Q2. It's great to be a little way further up. It's going to be hard for us to start the race, we're not in our natural race. We'll try our hardest, use KERS at the right time, but it's Spa, you know, you never know what's going to happen."

  • 12:44

    QuoteInterview with Giedo van der Garde: "I hope to get some rain out of it, it would be nice, it would be good for us. If [the cars behind] are much quicker, they are able to pass me easy, but if not, I will fight them."

  • 12:45

    It looks like Greenpeace are in action today. Some protestors have micro-lighted in and landed on top of the grandstands. Now they're getting ready to abseil down, for what purpose we don't know. They're likely to land in the crowd where some officials are waiting for them.

  • 12:46

    TweetTweet from @pirellisport: The fastest strategy looks to be a 2-stop, starting on the medium, then change to medium on lap 13 and to hard on lap 25. A 1-stop is possible too, starting on the medium and then change to the hard on lap 19, then run till the end of the 44-lap race. All of this is of course assuming it stays dry and there is no safety car.... both of which are highly unlikely in Spa...

  • 12:52

    Ten minutes to race start then.

  • 12:52

    QuoteInterview with Jenson Button: "I think we've got to watch out for the weather, it doesn't say it's going to rain for a little while but there's every chance it will. We don't want rain, we were quicker in Q2 in the dry."

  • 12:54

    It's definitely a banner that the Greenpeace people have.

  • 12:54

    TweetTweet from @radarguruf1: #F1 radar update 13:53 CET: Rain remains in the forecast. The nearest showers are around 40 miles from the circuit and closing in slowly.

  • 12:57



    Wind speed0.7mps
  • 12:58

    The grid is starting to clear, with mechanics pausing by their tyres ready to whip the blankets off at a moment's notice.

  • 13:00

    The tyre blankets come off, the engines rumble, the rain lights are flashing. The green lights come on and Hamilton leads the pack away for the formation lap.

  • 13:00

    All the cars barring Bianchi, Chilton, Ricciardo and Gutiérrez are starting on the medium compounds. Those four have the orange sidewalls of the harder compound.

  • 13:02

    It's a long formation lap, 7 kilometres to be covered with those weaving moves to warm up the rubber, and the stop start nature of the warm up lap.

  • 13:03

    TweetTweet from @steveslaterf1: Perfect conditions at Spa. Commentators nightmare though with two Lotuses on row 4 and to Ferraris on row 5. Commentator mix up inevitable!

  • 13:03

    They're back on the grid now, Hamilton pulling to a half in that pole position slot, the rest of the field filling in behind.

  • 13:04

    It looks like the Lotus of Kimi Räikkönen is smoking heavily on the grid, brakes heating up!

  • 13:04

    Green flagRace started.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    Hamilton makes a good start, Vettel slips in behind him, Webber had a terrible start.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    Vettel streams past Hamilton for the lead already!

  • 13:05 Lap 1

    Alonso has moved up to fifth, Webber behind. Button is up to fourth with the Ferrari challenging him. Meanwhile, Vettel is storming away into the distance.

  • 13:06 Lap 2

    Bianchi and Chilton have dropped back drastically at the start, whilst Van der Garde is holding his own for now, still in 14th.

  • 13:07 Lap 2

    Alonso is lining up Button, he tries a move after sweeping up past Eau Rouge. He doesn't have the pace to make it work, but when DRS is on, Button's unlikely to be able to hold him up for long.

  • 13:07 Lap 2

    Where Vettel and Alonso had great starts, their teammates did not. Webber dropped back three places, Massa dropped back two. He's currently 12th.

  • 13:08 Lap 3

    Rob Smedley has reportedly told Massa his front wing is fine, so there may have been contact on the first lap that caused the drop in position.

  • 13:09 Lap 3

    Race controlDRS enabled.

  • 13:10 Lap 4

    Vettel is already more than three seconds up on Hamilton, so DRS isn't an option there. The two Mercedes drivers are next with Button ahead of Alonso... for now.

  • 13:10 Lap 4

    More frantic radio from Massa, with what sounds like a KERS issue for the Ferrari driver.

  • 13:10 Lap 4

    There he goes, Alonso moves past Jenson to take fourth place. Rosberg is next on his agenda.

  • 13:12 Lap 5

    Mark Webber has also found his way past Button, the Brit now down to 6th place.

  • 13:13 Lap 5
    Driver Positions
    11S Vettel
    2-1L Hamilton
    31N Rosberg
    45F Alonso
    5-2M Webber
    60J Button
    7-2P Di Resta
    83N Hülkenberg
    9-1K Räikkönen
    10-3R Grosjean
  • 13:14 Lap 5

    Giedo van der Garde's storming position is gone already, he's back down to 19th now. Normal service has been resumed.

  • 13:15 Lap 6

    Alonso has already dispatched Rosberg, he's up to third now.

  • 13:16 Lap 6
    Gap Analysis
  • 13:16 Lap 7

    Vergne has been given an "aggressive engine mix" in order to jump Pastor Maldonado.

  • 13:18 Lap 8

    Gutiérrez is urged to push through some of the corners harder, his tyres can take it. He's made up four places off the start, currently in 17th.

  • 13:18 Lap 8

    There are plumes of brake dust pouring from Grosjean's car. The Lotus pair have some brake troubles, seemingly!

  • 13:18 Lap 8

    Grosjean ran wide off track, overtaken by Pérez who didn't give him much room. The Lotus lost two places there.

  • 13:20 Lap 9

    Räikkönen is chasing down Hülkenberg, battle of the umlauts there. They were centimetres apart but separate again to head up Eau Rouge towards the DRS zones.

  • 13:20 Lap 9

    Kimi makes short work of the Sauber to move up to 8th place.

  • 13:20 Lap 9

    Meanwhile, Charles Pic has come into the pit lane.

  • 13:21 Lap 9

    Race controlIncident involving Pérez and Grosjean under investigation - forcing another driver off the track.

  • 13:21 Lap 10

    Charles Pic is still in the pits.. long stop or perhaps race over. Meanwhile, Hulk and Massa come in for their first stops of the afternoon.

  • 13:23 Lap 10
    Pit Stop Analysis
    DriverF Massa
    Pit lane22.872s
  • 13:23 Lap 11

    Massa managed to jump Hülkenberg in that stop, a super job by Ferrari. He was narrowly on the white line on the way out, but didn't cross it.

  • 13:24 Lap 11

    Paul di Resta comes in for a stop, medium tyres come off and the hard tyres go on. As the Force India exits, Vergne rolls in for his stop.

  • 13:24 Lap 11

    Pic is officially out of the race, no word from the team as yet to why, except there was an issue and they were looking into it.

  • 13:25 Lap 11

    Race controlDrive through penalty for Pérez - forcing another driver off the track.

  • 13:25 Lap 12

    Lewis Hamilton comes in to the pit lane from third place. Another set of mediums go on the Mercedes, and he rejoins in ninth.

  • 13:27 Lap 13

    Vettel still leads, he's got seven seconds over second place Alonso, who in turn has made up seven places so far. Lucky sevens.

  • 13:27 Lap 13

    Rosberg comes into the pit lane, early stops for both Mercedes drivers. No sign of Pérez taking his drive through yet.

  • 13:28 Lap 13

    Kimi has been instructed to manage the wear on the front left tyre, so they're obviously not planning to stop any time soon.

  • 13:28 Lap 13

    Grosjean has passed Hamilton, who had just moved past him for seventh, but Romain has got the place back again.

  • 13:30 Lap 14

    Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber file into the pit lane, Ferrari turn the car around quickly, but Red Bull are even quicker. Positions remain the same, though.

  • 13:30 Lap 14
    Pit Stop Analysis
    DriverF Alonso
    Pit lane22.631s
  • 13:30 Lap 14

    Sergio Pérez finally comes in for his drive through, he's back out again.

  • 13:31 Lap 15

    Webber put on the harder tyres, Alonso stayed on the medium tyres. Vettel comes in for his first stop, a brilliant stop by Red Bull and it's mediums for him again.

  • 13:32 Lap 15

    Vettel has emerged behind Button, who has been promoted to the lead of the race. Alonso passes Hamilton, who could get him back in the DRS zone.

  • 13:32 Lap 15
    Pit Stop Analysis
    DriverS Vettel
    TeamRed Bull
    Pit lane22.685s
  • 13:32 Lap 15

    It's a drag race but Alonso retains the position, despite almost not being able to slow it down and wobbling into the next corner.

  • 13:33 Lap 16

    Vettel floats past Button as though the McLaren wasn't even there. Back in the lead for the German.

  • 13:34 Lap 16

    Rosberg has passed Grosjean now, Romain struggling for pace in this stint. Massa has passed Gutiérrez moving up into ninth place for now. Esteban hasn't stopped yet though.

  • 13:34 Lap 16

    TweetTweet from @clubforce: Paul in P13, Adrian in P15 with a few more cars to stop ahead. Plenty to fight about in this race! #FeelTheForce

  • 13:35 Lap 17

    TweetTweet from @MyCaterhamF1: An oil leak on @Charles_Pic1's car means his race ends early, bringing him in to avoid any damage to his engine.

  • 13:35 Lap 17

    Sterling work in the pit lane from @WilliamsF1Team.

  • 13:36 Lap 17

    Räikkönen has Pérez in his sights, the McLaren still has yet to take his first strategical stop of the day. Kimi makes the move easily enough, up to tenth for now.

  • 13:37 Lap 18

    Alonso makes it past Button as the McLaren driver dives into the pitlane for his first stop of the race.

  • 13:38 Lap 18

    Three wide as Pérez gets sandwiched by two Force Indias going through Eau Rouge. No carnage, amazingly, and no position changes either.

  • 13:38 Lap 18

    TweetTweet from @radarguruf1: #F1 radar update 14:35 CET: Rain still edging west, but touch and go now if it reaches #Spa before the end.

  • 13:40 Lap 19
    Driver Positions
    11S Vettel1
    27F Alonso1
    3-2L Hamilton1
    40N Rosberg1
    5-2M Webber1
    61R Grosjean0
    7-1J Button1
  • 13:40 Lap 19

    Grosjean and Gutiérrez are the only two drivers not to have stopped yet - both going long into the race and could be on for a one-stop here.

  • 13:40 Lap 19

    Sergio Pérez comes in for his first proper pit stop, and emerges way down in 17th.

  • 13:41 Lap 20
    Gap Analysis
  • 13:42 Lap 20

    Button passes Massa, closing up behind the Ferrari through Blanchimont, outbraking him and mostly praying that Felipe didn't crash into him. It worked, and that's 7th for Button now.

  • 13:42 Lap 21
    Top Speeds
    Sector 1A Sutil322kph
    Sector 2J Button192kph
    Sector 3P Di Resta215kph
    Speed trapM Webber303kph
  • 13:44 Lap 21

    Button is told that he's gaining on sixth place Grosjean by two and a half seconds a lap.

  • 13:44 Lap 22
    One to Watch
    F Massavs.K Räikkönen
  • 13:45 Lap 22

    Halfway through the race.

  • 13:47 Lap 23

    Gutiérrez has stopped now, dropping down to 17th place. Grosjean finally comes in for his first stop.

  • 13:47 Lap 23

    It's 13th place for Grosjean as he emerges after a relatively slow stop by Lotus - over three seconds.

  • 13:48 Lap 24

    TweetTweet from @f1elvis: Long stint on options for GRO, 2 stops probably would've been marginally quicker, but he has to gamble by taking just one. Nothing to lose.

  • 13:49 Lap 24

    Rosberg has a Red Bull in the shape of Mark Webber firmly in his rear view mirrors, the Australian keen to get past for fourth place.

  • 13:49 Lap 24

    Pérez has been told to push and overtake some of the slower cars in front, then they'll see where they are in terms of strategy. Essentially, making it up as they go along!

  • 13:50 Lap 25

    Kimi was hustling Massa for seventh place but suddenly dropped back, he'll have to make up that gap all over again now.

  • 13:52 Lap 25

    If the race finished now...

    Championship Prediction
    1S Vettel197
    2F Alonso151
    3L Hamilton139
    4K Räikkönen136
  • 13:52 Lap 26

    Rosberg pits for the second time.

  • 13:53 Lap 26

    Kimi tries to pass Massa at the last corner, he goes on the inside but has no chance of slowing the car down. He runs totally wide, off track, comes back on and dives into the pit lane.

  • 13:53 Lap 26

    The mechanics weren't ready, but they don't need to be, they push him back in the garage - race over for Kimi. That's his first retirement since he came back into F1 last year.

  • 13:54 Lap 27

    The brakes are smoking in the garage, looks like he stamped on the brakes at that last corner and got nothing. They were smoking on the grid so it was a worry right from the start.

  • 13:54 Lap 27

    Lewis Hamilton comes in for his second stop, Mercedes putting in a rather speedy 2.5 second stop for the Brit.

  • 13:55 Lap 27

    Kimi radio on a replay of the incident confirm brake failure.

  • 13:56 Lap 28

    There's a heck of a battle going on for 11th, Maldonado, Gutiérrez and Sutil with Di Resta and Hülkenberg closing in behind. A good ol' train there.

  • 13:57 Lap 28

    That train of cars closed up round the final few corners, Maldonado tried to go in the pit lane and smashed into the back of a Force India, then hitting the other one as well.

  • 13:57 Lap 28

    Yellow flagYellow flags as the debris is cleared.

  • 13:58 Lap 29

    Pastor Maldonado made his way straight into the pits. Di Resta is out of the car, race over for him, the Force India stricken at the side of the track.

  • 13:59 Lap 29

    Green flagTrack is clear and DRS is enabled once more.

  • 13:59 Lap 29
  • 14:00 Lap 29

    Poor Di Resta makes the slow walk back to the pit lane.

  • 14:00 Lap 30

    Amongst the drama, we've had more pit stops. Alonso and Webber have both come in for their second stops of the afternoon.

  • 14:01 Lap 31
  • 14:02 Lap 31

    Vettel comes in to the pit stop for another slick pit stop - both Sebastian's stops have been 2.7 seconds so far. He returns to the track in first.

  • 14:03 Lap 31

    TweetTweet from @clubforce: An unlucky ending for Paul's weekend after so nearly clinching pole position yesterday and being firmly in contention for points today.

  • 14:04 Lap 32

    Let's recap. Vettel and Alonso have both stopped twice and are P1 and 2 respectively. Button is up to third having only stopped once so far.

  • 14:04 Lap 32

    The two Mercedes drivers are next, followed by Webber. Then Grosjean with his one-stopping strategy is 7th.

  • 14:04 Lap 32

    Mark Webber sets the fastest lap of the race so far with a 1:51.397.

  • 14:06 Lap 33

    Button's radio tells him they want to do Plan A and he replies "I'm up for that." Potentially a one-stopper for Jenson too then.

  • 14:06 Lap 33

    Commentators suggest that if Button pits now he would come out in seventh place. Staying out, he has the opportunity to stay ahead. Currently third, but with Hamilton and Rosberg within three seconds of him.

  • 14:07 Lap 34

    Race controlDrive through penalty for Max Chilton - ignoring blue flags.

  • 14:09 Lap 34

    Chilton takes his drive through penalty, coming in from last and returning to the track in last place. He immediately gets some blue flags. Let's hope he spotted them this time.

  • 14:10 Lap 35

    Button comes into the pit stop, so not a one-stopper at all. Plan A completely different. He's got the harder compound on, and he returns to the track in the expected 6th place.

  • 14:10 Lap 35

    Vergne gets past Hülkenberg for 11th place, putting the Sauber between the two Toro Rosso drivers.

  • 14:12 Lap 36

    QuoteInterview with Paul di Resta: "The traffic was the main event, we got stuck in traffic after the first pit stop… when we stopped for that third time again, we found ourselves behind the same traffic. Pastor missed the apex after the first chicane… quite silly, ended up taking the rear of the car. Unfortunate because the speed was quite strong again, in the dry. Maybe a point up for grabs or two. We'll go to Monza and try and end this points drought we're on."

  • 14:12 Lap 36

    TweetTweet from @radarguruf1: #F1 radar 15:09 CET: Looking like one or two drops at most in the final laps of the race. Main band of rain won't reach the circuit in time

  • 14:12 Lap 36

    Webber has got himself within one second of Nico Rosberg, who is sitting in fourth place at the moment.

  • 14:13 Lap 37

    Race control10 second stop/go penalty for Pastor Maldonado - causing a collision.

  • 14:14 Lap 37
    Driver Positions
    11S Vettel2
    27F Alonso2
    3-2L Hamilton2
    40N Rosberg2
    5-2M Webber2
    60J Button2
    70R Grosjean1
    82F Massa2
    93A Sutil2
    103S Pérez2
  • 14:16 Lap 38

    Knowing the brake trouble Lotus have had so far today, this is definitely worth keeping an eye on.

    One to Watch
    R Grosjeanvs.F Massa
  • 14:18 Lap 39

    There can't be much else happening on track, we're firmly focused on this Massa/Grosjean battle.

  • 14:18 Lap 40

    Pastor Maldonado comes in for his stop/go penalty. He was 16th, so it's not going to help him at all.

  • 14:19 Lap 40

    Race controlDrive through penalty for Esteban Gutiérrez - leaving the track and gaining an advantage.

  • 14:19 Lap 40

    Maldonado loses one position to Van der Garde, dropping to 17th.

  • 14:20 Lap 40

    Felipe Massa pushes round the outside of Grosjean, moving into 7th place.

  • 14:24 Lap 42

    Gutiérrez comes in for his drive through penalty. Just two laps to go now.

  • 14:24 Lap 43
    Lap Analysis
    S Vettel on lap 42
    Sector 132.002312kph
    Sector 249.396190kph
    Sector 329.890214kph
  • 14:25 Lap 43
    Sector 1 Comparison
    M Webber32.118312kph
    J Button32.171307kph
    F Massa32.173309kph
  • 14:26 Lap 44

    Very quiet end to the race, it seems. The potential rain never arrived, Vettel has a hugely unassailable lead, and field spread is the name of the game.

  • 14:27

    Chequered flagSebastian Vettel wins the Belgian Grand Prix!!

  • 14:29
    Race Winner
    DriverS Vettel
    TeamRed Bull
    Race time1:23:42.196
    Race distance308.052km
    Average speed220.817km/h
  • 14:30

    Vettel pulls to a halt in the winning enclosure, Hamilton and Alonso pull in behind. Vettel gives the Red Bull a loving stroke as he heads in to be weighed.

  • 14:30

    TweetTweet from @clubforce: Adrian crosses the line in 9th - important points on the board to restart our season

  • 14:31
    Driver Positions
    11S Vettel2
    27F Alonso2
    3-2L Hamilton2
    40N Rosberg2
    5-2M Webber2
    60J Button2
    73F Massa2
    8-1R Grosjean1
    93A Sutil2
    109D Ricciardo2
  • 14:33

    The top three drivers head to the green room, Vettel pumping his fist as he takes a good look at the timing screens. Hamilton gives him a playful shove, saying "too fast" as he does so.

  • 14:34

    Alonso watches on, looking slightly frustrated at the results.

  • 14:35

    It's mostly cheering for Vettel as he makes his way onto the podium, a change from the boos we have heard of late. Hats off and time for the national anthems.

  • 14:37

    Vettel mouths the words to his national anthem atop the podium.

  • 14:38
    Championship Standings
    1S Vettel197
    2F Alonso151
    3L Hamilton139
    4K Räikkönen134
    5M Webber115
  • 14:39

    McLaren have finally made that jump ahead of Force India.

    Championship Standings
    1Red Bull312
  • 14:39

    The champagne is sprayed, big swigs taken by Alonso and Vettel, before they pose for the obligatory pictures.

  • 14:42

    Post-race podium quotes - Sebastian Vettel: "It was a fantastic race for us. From start to finish really, very good tactics. It helped the first lap to have the tow of Lewis through Eau Rouge and then I was flying past. Once I passed him, we had incredible pace and could control the race to the end. We were a bit afraid of the rain coming towards the end but I think it just passed the circuit. Great race, thank you to the team. Thanks to Renault, all the guys have been working very hard. Fantastic result, can't be any better."

  • 14:43

    Post-race podium quotes - Fernando Alonso: "We have to recover some places, we were not okay yesterday and everything went okay from the start. The car has the speed to overtake some cars. It was a little bit boring after we get second place, we were nowhere near Sebastian and no big threat from behind."

  • 14:44

    Post-race podium quotes - Lewis Hamilton: "We had a tough race, these guys were a bit faster than us but the team did a great job throughout the weekend. The team did a great job, of course. I'm happy with the results we had, I'm glad to see so many great fans here this weekend. They made the weekend."

  • 14:45

    Missed the end of the quotes because the jeers from the crowd drowned out Vettel's reply. The majority of booing appears to be aimed at the protestors though, rather than the race winner.

  • 14:49

    TweetTweet from @Marussia_F1Team: Tough race for Jules & Max to finish 18th & 19th. Was always going to be difficult to maintain grid positions, or thereabouts, in a dry race

  • 14:51
    P Di RestaAccident28
    K RäikkönenBrakes26
    C PicOil leak9
  • 14:52
    Gap Analysis
  • 14:58
    Race Battle
    MercedesFinished Ahead
    L Hamilton8
    N Rosberg3
  • 15:01

    So, it wasn't a classic Belgian race, a disappointment particularly as we expected so much from Spa. Vettel stormed to an easy victory which doesn't help the championship battles at all.

  • 15:01

    However, Formula One is back in action, and it's a jam-packed couple of months as we wend our way towards the end of the season.

  • 15:02

    Monza is next on the agenda, and Ferrari will be desperate to do well at their home race. Second here at Spa was a good effort from Alonso, they might be able to grab their third win of the year with home advantage.

  • 15:02

    Elsewhere, Mercedes still look strong, Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo made a great comeback to finish tenth and the rumours surrounding his future may come to an end soon.

  • 15:03

    There are two weeks now until the Italian Grand Prix, so I will see you back here then. In the meantime, stay tuned to and for all the news and views you'll need.

  • 15:03

    Stay positive, fact fans.

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