Reigning Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing-Renault increased his lead in the race for world's driver title after dominating the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. His win that Belgium marks his fifth win of the current F1 season. The German extends his lead over Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes to 46 points. Hamilton actually seized pole position following a thrilling qualifying session held in mixed track conditions.
It was Hamilton's fourth pole start in a row. But it was not enough to hold off Vettel, who was able to breeze past the Briton they exited Raidillon and sped down the Kemmel Straight. Hamilton eventually finished third in the Belgian Grand Prix, behind winner Vettel and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who started the race at ninth.
Alonso was able to get past Mark Webber of Red Bull Racing-Renault on the opening lap and Jenson Button of McLaren-Mercedes lap five to claim fifth place. He then overtook Nico Rosberg of Mercedes in lap seven. Hamilton came in to change tires on lap 12, he rejoined behind Romain Grosjean of Lotus-Renault, both engaging in toe-to-toe fight.
This allowed Alonso to rejoin behind Rosberg after making a tire stop. Both drivers cleared Grosjean before Alonso managed to overtake Hamilton on the run down the hill to Eau Rouge. Rosberg finished fourth while Webber crossed the finish line at fifth. Webber was able to pressure Rosberg in the closing stages of the race, but the latter was able to keep clear enough of the Australian to make he couldn't deploy the Drag Reduction System to attack on the straights.