Even though he made it look easy, Sebastian Vettel's cruise to a fifth victory of the 2013 season at Spa-Francorchamps was genuinely unexpected as far as the reigning world champion was concerned.
"I don't think we expected to be dominant here, and it surprised all of us actually - it's a great result," he said.
His boss, Red Bull
team principal Christian Horner, agreed. "We didn't come here expecting to win today, so it's great to get a victory to start the second half of the season."
Vettel was at his imperious best when he passed Lewis Hamilton
on the run to Les Combes on the first lap and then pulled away from the field, thereafter headed only briefly during the pitstops and eventually going on to win by over fifteen seconds from Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.
"He had an average start, but managed to position himself well going through the first corner, and he knew that the first run through Eau Rouge up the hill was going to be critical," commented Horner of how his driver had won the day.
As easy as the lap one pass looked, Vettel insisted that he really had no idea going into the race just how much - if any - performance the Red Bull
had in hand over the competition.
"I think we knew going into the race that our race pace, compared to Mercedes, maybe gave us a little in hand, but we didn't know where we were compared to the others, especially Ferrari
- and Lotus looked very quick in dry conditions also," he said.
Once Vettel was in the lead it seemed that the only thing that could throw a spanner in the works would be a late downpour and the team duly planned for that contingency just in case, but when the skies stayed clear it was plain sailing all the way to the chequered flag for Vettel.
"It wasn't clear if the rain was going to come at the end of the race," Vettel said. "So we kept pushing, but the gap we had by that stage meant we were able to control the race from there and the last couple of laps weren't too stressful."