SPA, BELGIUM - Defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel won the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday to strengthen his overall lead with seven races remaining.
Vettel started from pole position to win his seventh race of the season and 17th of his career. The German led Red Bull to a 1-2 finish, with Mark Webber finishing close behind.
McLaren's Jenson Button began in the 13th starting position but caught Fernando Alonso near the end to take third place.
Lewis Hamilton's slim title hopes took a further blow when he crashed his McLaren early in the race.