Posted August 29, 2012 on AP on Fox

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 01: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing meets former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff on the grid before the start of the first Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 1, 2009 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel heads to the Belgian Grand Prix trying to figure out how to make up a 42-point deficit on overall leader Fernando Alonso - and how to prevent others from overtaking him as Alonso's main rival. Last season, it was the opposite as rivals sought to catch Vettel's unstoppable Red Bull. This weekend, the German faces competition in a thrillingly wide-open championship. The two-time F1 champion sits in third place overall heading into Spa, two points behind teammate Mark Webber. Former champions Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen are within five and six points of Vettel, respectively. ''It's going to be an extremely tough, tactical and interesting finale to the season,'' said Hamilton, the 2008 F1 champion. Vettel won five of the six opening races last season before a minor slump offered his rivals a glimmer of hope. Vettel had been beaten in four of his last five races heading into last year's race in Spa, yet was still more than 80 points a...
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