Vettel uses tyres strategy to lead every lap and claim Belgian Grand Prix victory

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Red Bull racer Sebastian Vettel climbed from second on the grid to his 31st career victory at the Belgian Grand Prix today using a tyres strategy that saw him lead every lap.

The German drivers win following a two-stop means that he draws level with Nigel Mansell in terms of overall victories and extended his championship advantage to 46 points over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

Alonso used strategy to boost himself from ninth on the grid to second at the end of the race. Alonso stopped twice, using the medium tyre for two stints before switching to the hard tyres on lap 28, with a pit stop that took just 2.6 seconds.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli tyres motorsport director, said: “With qualifying yesterday finishing in wet conditions, the drivers were allowed to start the race on whichever compound they preferred, opening up the possibilities for different strategies still further.

“A number of drivers and teams maximised these opportunities to the utmost today, especially Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull, who controlled the race. But we also saw some very good strategy calls all the way down the grid, which enabled many drivers to improve on their start positions.

“Following the uncertain weather earlier in the weekend, this was actually quite a straightforward Belgian Grand Prix, with dry conditions from start to finish and no safety car periods.

“But Spa remains probably the ultimate test of a Formula One tyre, with its long lap and high energy loadings, so the performance and durability of our tyres after a hard-fought race on one of the most epic tracks in the world were very much in line with our expectations.”

Alex Kapadia, Operations Team

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