Germany's Sebastian Vettel won the Belgian Grand Prix driving for Red Bull on the weekend, notching his fifth victory of the season on the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, with Spanish Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso coming in second and British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in third.

The German ran the 44 laps of the racecourse with a time of 1:23:42.196, with Alonso 16.8 seconds behind, while Hamilton was 10 seconds farther back.

Vettel got himself out in front of the pack practically from the initial turns, moving past Hamilton, who had snagged the coveted pole position on the Belgian raceway, and the three-time world champion was untouchable for the remainder of the race.

Alonso started out the day on the fifth row but moved up into second position during the course of the race, besting Hamilton, who was unable to eke out the speed from his automobile that he regularly shows in the qualifying rounds.

Nico Rosberg, of Germany and driving for Mercedes, came in fourth and Australian Red Bull driver Mark Webber was fifth.

The only top driver who had to pull out of the race was Finland's Kimi Raikkonen, driving for Lotus, who is the winningest driver at Spa-Francorchamps but developed brake problems and had to leave the race on the 26th lap.

With his Sunday victory, his second at Spa and the 31st of his career overall, the German holds a comfortable lead in this year's drivers' standings with 197 points, 46 ahead of Alonso and 58 ahead of Hamilton.

The Belgian Grand Prix is the 11th of the 19-race Formula One season. EFE