F1 2013 Belgian Grand Prix result: Hamilton on podium as Vettel wins at Spa

PUBLISHED: 14:29 25 August 2013 | UPDATED: 18:40 25 August 2013

Lewis Hamilton on the Spa track, scene of the 2013 Belgian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton on the Spa track, scene of the 2013 Belgian Grand Prix


FORMULA 1 star Lewis Hamilton finished on the 2013 Belgian Grand Prix podium as Sebastian Vettel took the chequered flag at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit with a dominant drive.

F1 2013 Belgian Grand Prix result

The provisional Spa top 10:

1 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)

2 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)

3 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

4 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

5 Mark Webber (Red Bull)

6 Jenson Button (McLaren)

7 Felipe Massa (Ferrari)

8 Roman Grosjean (Lotus)

9 Adrian Sutil (Force India)

10 Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso)

The 28-year-old Mercedes F1 motor racer from Hertfordshire finished third in Belgium after starting from pole position.

The expected rain failed to materialise at Spa and a peerless Vettel claimed victory for Red Bull Racing after taking the lead from Hamilton on the opening lap. The win was Vettel’s 31st of his F1 career, equalling the number achieved by Nigel Mansell.

Fernando Alonso was second for Ferrari, some 17 seconds behind world championship leader Vettel, after starting ninth on the grid.

Hamilton completed the podium positions, 11 seconds behind Alonso, with Silver Arrows colleague Nico Rosberg fourth and Red Bull’s Mark Webber fifth in the provisional results. Jenson Button was sixth for McLaren.

2013 FIA F1 World Drivers’ Championship

Drivers’ championship standings after Belgian GP:

1 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 197 points

2 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 151

3 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 139

4 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) 134

5 Mark Webber (Red Bull) 115

6 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 96

7 Felipe Massa (Ferrari) 67

8 Romain Grosjean (Lotus) 53

Hamilton’s third-place finish, following a two-stop strategy, stopping on laps 11 and 26, promotes him to third in the 2013 FIA World Drivers’ Championship.

“I got everything that I could out of the car today but we just weren’t as quick as Sebastian and Fernando,” said Hamilton afterwards.

On pole after a wet-dry qualifying sessions on Saturday, Hamilton made a clean getaway off the line. But he was soon slipstreamed by Sebastian Vettel and the Red Bull driver breezed ahead of the Mercedes car coming out of Eau Rouge to move into first place on lap one.

“I made a nice start and it felt like the exit out of turn one was good, too,” said Hamilton.

2013 World Constructors’ Championship

Standings after round 11 at Spa:

1 Red Bull 312 points

2 Mercedes 235

3 Ferrari 218

4 Lotus 187

5 McLaren 65

“But Seb just caught me on the run out of Eau Rouge and there wasn’t really much I could do to defend: I moved once, like we are allowed to, but then I just had to watch him glide by.

“From that point, it was very difficult to hold on to him, and the same thing happened with Fernando, too, later in the race.”

Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber, meanwhile, had another poor start and Hamilton’s Mercedes colleague Nico Rosberg, starting fourth on the grid, climbed into third place on the opening lap.

By lap three, Vettel, on a used set of options, had pulled three seconds clear of Hamilton, highlighting Red Bull’s superior pace in the dry that Mercedes were worried about.

The start of the 2013 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]The start of the 2013 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso powered through the field from ninth to third place by lap six, with Hamilton next in the Ferrari man’s sights.

Hamilton entered the pits after 11 laps for new tyres and dropped down to ninth as a result, with Alonso moving up to second.

The 2008 F1 world champion from Hertfordshire overtook Romain Grosjean for seventh but the Lotus driver reclaimed position in the DRS zone. Grosjean’s delight was shortlived, with Hamilton then making a move stick.

As the front-runners made their first stops, Hamilton moved back up the pecking order and Alonso exited the pits behind the Mercedes man.

Lewis Hamilton on the podium after finishing third in the 2013 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]Lewis Hamilton on the podium after finishing third in the 2013 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

The former McLaren colleagues then duelled on track with some fantastic wheel-to-wheel racing. Ferrari man Alonso capitalised on Hamilton running wide into La Source to climb into third place again, holding position even against DRS.

Race leader Vettel came in for fresh rubber after 14 laps and found himself briefly behind Jenson Button, the McLaren man still on his first set of tyres and seemingly on a one-stop strategy at that point.

The running order after 22 of the 44 laps was Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton, with Rosberg fourth and Webber fifth.

With Vettel more than eight seconds clear of Alonso in second, Hamilton said over the radio: “I’m getting everything I can out of the car.”

"I got everything that I could out of the car today but we just weren’t as quick as Sebastian and Fernando."

Lewis Hamilton after the 2013 Belgian Grand Prix

There was disappointment for Kimi Raikkonen, with the Lotus star forced to retire with a brake failure, thus ending his run of 38 consecutive race finishes.

Hamilton entered the pits again on lap 26 for the harder tyre, rejoining the race in fifth place behind Button.

The Mercedes star climbed into the podium positions again when Button finally made his second stop in the closing 10 laps.

After Hamilton and Rosberg finished third and fourth respectively, Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn said: “It is a measure of how far we have come in the past 12 months that a race which would have been our result of the season last year now feels slightly average.”

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