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F1 Belgium: Sebastian Vettel cruises to easy Spa win (+results)

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel put a damper on Lewis Hamilton's title chances as the German powered to a dominant display of his pace during a dry Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

Many thought Hamilton could replicate his performance from Hungary, where he won from pole, but Vettel decided otherwise as he breezed passed the Brit before the end of the first lap.

Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), who qualified a distant ninth on Saturday, stormed through to fifth during the first lap and eventually on to finish second ahead of Hamilton. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) and Mark Webber (Red Bull) completed the top five.

Jenson Button (McLaren) rallied to six, almost pulling off a one-stop strategy. His performance made for one of McLaren's best race of the season. His teammate Sergio Perez dropped to 11th after a penalty following a tangle with Romain Grosjean (Lotus).

Grosjean finished eighth behind Felipe Massa (Ferrari). Adrian Sutil saved Force India's day with a ninth place finish. The German's performance will still make Paul di Resta's race-ending crash with Pastor Maldonado (Williams) difficult to forget.

Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso) fought back from the far ends of the grid to 10th.

Kimi Raikkonen's (Lotus) run of 27 point finishes came to an end as brake issues forced him to retire from an average race.

Qualifying results* – Spa-Francorchamps
1 - Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull RB9-Renault) - 44 laps
2 - Fernando Alonso (Ferrari F138) - 16"869
3 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes W04) - 27"734
4 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes W04) - 29"872
5 - Mark Webber (Red Bull RB9-Renault) - 33"845
6 - Jenson Button (McLaren MP4/28-Mercedes) - 40"794
7 - Felipe Massa (Ferrari F138) - 53"922
8 - Romain Grosjean (Lotus E21-Renault) - 55"846
9 - Adrian Sutil (Force India VJM06-Mercedes) - 1'09"541
10 - Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso STR8-Ferrari) - 1'13"470
11 - Sergio Perez (McLaren MP4/28-Mercedes) - 1'21"936
12 - Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso STR8-Ferrari) - 1'26"740
13 - Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber C32-Ferrari) - 1'28"258
14 - Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber C32-Ferrari) - 1'40"436
15 - Valtteri Bottas (Williams FW35-Renault) - 1'47"456
16 - Giedo Van der Garde (Caterham CT03-Renault) - 1 lap
17 - Pastor Maldonado (Williams FW35-Renault) - 1 lap
18 - Jules Bianchi (Marussia MR02-Cosworth) - 2 laps
19 - Max Chilton (Marussia MR02-Cosworth) - 2 laps

Fastest lap of the race: 1'50"756 (Sebastian Vettel)

Retirements
Lap 26 - Paul Di Resta
Lap 25 - Kimi Raikkonen
Lap 6 - Charles Pic

Drivers' championship
1.Vettel 197; 2.Alonso 151; 3.Hamilton 139; 4.Raikkonen 134; 5.Webber 115; 6.Rosberg 96; 7.Massa 67; 8.Grosjean 53; 9.Button 47; 10.Di Resta 36; 11.Sutil 25; 12.Perez 18; 13.Vergne 13; 14.Ricciardo 12; 15.Hulkenberg 7; 16.Maldonado 1.

Constructors' championship
1.Red Bull-Renault 312; 2.Mercedes 235; 3.Ferrari 218; 4.Lotus-Renault 187; 5.McLaren-Mercedes 65; 6.Force India-Mercedes 61; 7.Toro Rosso-Ferrari 25; 8.Sauber-Ferrari 7; 9.Williams-Renault 1.

*Unofficial scoring