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Vettel boosted by Spa result

Second place for the the defending champion allowed him to reduce his distance to Alonso and now sits 24 points behind the spaniard.
Sunday, September 2, 2012

Spa-francorchamps, Sept 2, 2012 (AFP) - Defending champion Sebastian Vettel finished second in Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix and then said that the scrap for this year's world title remains wide open.

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As title race leader Spaniard Fernando Alonso of Ferrari and contender Briton Lewis Hamilton of McLaren crashed out pointless, Vettel rose from 10th on the grid to finish second in the race and the championship standings.

He said: "It's better than before! I had a look when I went on holiday, and right now I don't care about scoring and points, but I care about the championship.

"I don't know what happened in the first corner, but [Alonso] didn't finish the race. I am not bothered by gaps and points. You saw the first corner and you see how quickly things can change - that is racing.

"Next week we go to Monza, and it would be nice to qualify on pole and be first into the chicane. Behind there it can be a bit more of a risk."

Looking back on his struggle to progress following the opening corner pile-up, Vettel added: "I think after the first corner I was probably the only one not improving. A lot of cars crashed in front of us. I had a poor initial launch and lost positions.

"I started around the Force Indias and they were with Jenson at the first corner and I was with Caterhams. The pace was there, but it was not easy up the straight when everyone has DRS available.

"You're still on the limiter and it's difficult to benefit from that, but we made reasonable progress through the field. That allowed us to come back through strategy, which enabled us to finish second."

While Vettel drove one of his best races of the season, Red Bull team-mate Australian Mark Webber struggled to match him and finished sixth.

"The start was pretty wild which can happen here," he explained. "We settled into the race and it became very obvious how difficult it was for us to overtake on the track.

"Me and Sebastian had a fight -- that was fine. After Eau Rouge, it was not possible to fight in a straight line. That made it tough and then you start to roll the dice. After the start, we did not make the most out of the situation so it was not great for me."

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