The reigning champion shows class to claim victory.
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel claimed the No.1 spot from Lewis Hamilton in the first lap and held on to beat the Mercedes man and Fernando Alonso to the podium in Belgium.
Vettel started second behind Hamilton in qualifying, but seized the advantage immediately and never looked back as the German won at Spa for the first time since 2011.
However, it was Alonso who was the biggest mover from the starting grid, having struggled in qualifying and beginning the race in ninth.
Yet the Spaniard used the speed of the Ferrari to rip through the order and managed to even pip Hamilton to second at the finish.
Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen didn’t enjoy such a good day though and ended an impressive run of finishing 27 consecutive races with points by dropping out in Belgium due to brake problems.
Hamilton’s Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg finished in fourth, just ahead of Mark Webber and last year’s winner of this race Jenson Button.
Vettel has now edged ever nearer to a fourth straight driver’s championship with the 26-year-old holding a 46 point advantage over nearest rival Alonso.
The speed of the Red Bull was clearly on show once again in Belgium, but the effort from the Ferrari star shows that the team are improving all the time.
Hamilton has shown great consistency this year and is further justifying the decision to leave McLaren at the end of last season for Mercedes, despite failing to capitalise from a pole position in Belgium.
The next race, in two weeks time, will be the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.