In tatters, rivals’ hopes of catching Vettel over

  • Agence France-Presse, AFP, Spa-Francorchamps
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  • Updated: Oct 07, 2011 11:48 IST

Red Bull Racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel drives at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit on September 11, 2011 in Monza during the Formula One Italian Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel extended his already yawning lead in this year's drivers' world championship on Sunday when he drove to a well-judged if, at times, fortunate victory in the Belgian Grand Prix.

The 24-year-old defending champion recovered from a poor start and problems with blistering tyres to ride his luck and emerge on top ahead of Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber in a memorable one-two triumph.

It was the German's first win in four races and only his second in six as he re-established his supremacy.

Vettel came home 3.7 seconds clear of Australian Webber, who dropped back after a bad start and then recovered splendidly, with Briton Jenson Button claiming third for McLaren after a topsy-turvy race. Two times champion Fernando Alonso finished fourth for Ferrari ahead of Michael Schumacher, 42, the seven-times champion marking the 20th anniversary of his F1 debut with a dazzling drive into the points from the back of the grid. Schumacher's Mercedes team-mate and fellow-German Nico Rosberg came sixth ahead of another German Adrian Sutil of Force India with Brazilian Felipe Massa eighth for Ferrari.

Russia’s Vitaly Petrov was ninth for the Renault team.


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