Red Bull gets a break on the run for the Championship title
The fiasco at the Belgian Grand Prix gave Red Bull a good opportunity to re-enter competition for the Formula One title and their drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber did well to capitalize on it.
Romain Grosjean of Lotus crashed his car into McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton on the first corner of the race. As a result of the collision, Fernando Alonso of Ferrari and Sergio Perez of Sauber were also forced to exit from the race.
Hence, the collision eliminated three top drivers from the race; Romain Grosjean, Lewis Hamilton and leader on the Championship table Fernando Alonso. Romain Grosjean is currently positioned eighth with 76 points to his name. Lewis Hamilton is placed fifth and total of 117 points. Fernando Alonso has accumulated 164 points to become the leader of the pack.
Jenson Button of McLaren grabbed an easy victory at the end of the race. The Briton passed the checkered flag 13.624 seconds before the defending champion Sebastian Vettel, who claimed second place. His teammate Mark Webber came sixth.
“I’m happy with that today,” the Sebastian Vettel said in an interview after the race. “Qualifying wasn’t as we planned it to be yesterday, but today the car seemed to be back to as we know it.”
The young German had an unsatisfactory start to the race. Nonetheless, Sebastian Vettel was on his toes throughout the race.
“The start was poor; I think I was the only one not to gain positions through the first corners, so we had to fight our way back, which wasn’t easy, but I enjoyed it a lot,” Sebastian Vettel said.
“The strategy worked perfectly for us and we had the pace, which was the best thing about today. The car worked well and we didn’t struggle.
“Congratulations to Jenson (Button) and McLaren on the win,” Sebastian Vettel added. “We’ve got a lot of back to backs this season and I’m looking forward to Monza later this week. We had a great race there last year - it’s always a great atmosphere and we’ll be pushing hard.”
Mark Webber also admitted that Red Bull had a “pretty wild” start to the race. The Australian also confessed that he had a small battle for position with his teammate Sebastian Vettel.
“The start was pretty wild, which can happen at La Source,” Mark Webber said. “We settled into a race, but it became obvious quite early on that it was difficult for us to overtake.
“Obviously Seb and I had a little battle, which was fine - but after that, it just wasn’t possible to fight other people on the straight line, so that made it tough. We tried to under-cut some people and roll the dice... I had Petrov on the out lap, which is fair play to him as he’s just doing his thing, but we lost time there. We had a bit of luck at the start, but after that we didn't get the most out of the situation - but it was good to finish six places higher than I started and get points.”