Vettel claims Spa victory as the championship moves ever nearer

Posted on August 28, 2011

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Sebastian Vettel overcame tyre troubles to claim victory in Spa and take another giant step to his second title.

Vettel's second title is closer than ever. Credit: Red Bull/Getty

The world champion extended his lead at the top of the driver’s championship, leading home team mate Mark Webber for the first Red Bull 1-2 since Turkey.

It was far from straightforward for Vettel. The Red Bull cars struggled with blistering front tyres and had to make their first stops very early after unsuccessfully requesting a tyre change on the grid. But a safety car, sparked by a big accident for Lewis Hamilton, allowed Vettel to reassert control and race to the flag.

Jenson Button had a fantastic race to drive from 13th to third, pulling off some superb moves to drive through the field. Getting the harder tyre out the way in the first phase of the race laid the foundations of his challenges.

And Michael Schumacher put in arguably the drive of the day to surge from dead last on the grid to an impressive 5th place, overtaking team mate Nico Rosberg in the closing stages. It was a fitting performance for the seven time champion’s 20 year anniversary in Formula One.

It was a good Spa race, unusually dry after the soaked Friday and Saturday. The DRS zone was far too long and cars were sailing last each other with little effort required.

But the opening 18 or so laps were action packed, underlining why this circuit is one of the best on the calendar. It underlines why the reports Spa could be set to alternate with a French Grand Prix are bad news. We should be at this track every year. It’s a magic place.

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