Sebastian Vettel recorded his seventh win of the Formula One season with victory at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.
After his 17th career win, Vettel is in such a commanding position he has now scored more points so far this season – 259 – than he did in winning the title last year with 256.
Red Bull, who had never won at Spa-Francorchamps, made it a one-two with Mark Webber, who is still looking for his first win this season, second and closing on his team-mate at the chequered flag.
Jenson Button produced a storming performance to claim third from 13th on the grid, but it was another wretched race for McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton as he crashed out on lap 13 following a collision with the Sauber of Kamui Kobayashi.
Lewis Hamilton has crashed out of the Belgian Grand Prix after clipping a rival car and spinning into the barriers.
The British driver, who was in third place in the drivers’ championship heading into Sunday’s race, pushed too hard to overtake driver Kamui Kobayashi on the Spa circuit and bumped into the side of the Japanese driver’s Sauber.
2011 Belgian F1 Grand Prix Results
Pos Driver Nat Team Time
1 Sebastian Vettel GER Red Bull
2 Mark Webber AUS Red Bull +3.7
3 Jenson Button GBR McLaren +9.6
4 Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari +13.0
5 Michael Schumacher GER Mercedes +47.4
6 Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes +48.6
7 Adrian Sutil GER Force India +59.7
8 Felipe Massa BRA Ferrari +66.0
9 Vitaly Petrov RUS Renault +71.9
10 Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams +77.6
11 Paul di Resta GBR Force India +83.9
12 Kamui Kobayashi JAP Sauber +91.9
13 Bruno Senna BRA Renault +92.9
14 Jarno Trulli ITA Lotus +1 lap
15 Heikki Kovalainen FIN Lotus +1 lap
16 Rubens Barrichello BRA Williams +1 lap
17 Jerome d’Ambrosio BEL Virgin +1 lap
18 Timo Glock GER Virgin +1 lap
19 Vitantonio Liuzzi ITA Hispania +1 lap
DNF Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren DNF
DNF Jaime Alguersuari ESP Toro Rosso DNF
DNF Sergio Perez MEX Sauber DNF
DNF Sébastien Buemi SUI Toro Rosso DNF
DNF Daniel Ricciardo AUS Hispania DNF