Button evades Turn 1 carnage to dominate Belgian GP at Spa

2 September, 2012

Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-27 leads as Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E20, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F2012 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-27 crash out at the start of the race. Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Belgian Grand Prix, Preparations, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday 2 September 2012.

Jenson Button exits Turn 1 as mayhem ensues behind him

Sep.2 (GP247) Jenson Button dominated the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, to take his second win of the season, after a bullet start enabled him to evade the massive shunt  which occurred as the field roared into Turn 1.

Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Belgian Grand Prix, Preparations, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday 2 September 2012.By the time the dust had settled, the cars of Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Romain Grosjean and Sergio Perez lay wrecked, scattered across the famous hairpin. Full report on accident here>>>

The accident brought out the safety car for the first five laps as a mass of debris was cleared from the track and the order at the front (behind Button) was very different from how they had lined up on the grid. The McLaren driver led from Nico Hulkenberg, Kimi Raikkonen, Paul di Resta, Michael Schumacher, Daniel Ricciardo, Jean Eric Vergne, Bruno Senna, Mark Webber, Felipe Massa and Sebastian Vettel making up the top dozen.

Button simply put his foot down and sped off into the distance to score his 14th grand prix triumph, one of the most comprehensive victories of his career and probably the most dominant win of the season by any driver. he never looked troubled and the McLaren MP4-27 did not miss a beat. On this day, Button was on an altogether different level.

Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-27. Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Belgian Grand Prix, Preparations, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday 2 September 2012.He told interviewer Jacky Ickx on the podium; “What can I say, this circuit is so special to most drivers with the history and the way it flows. To get a victory from lights to flag is very special, especially as it has not been an easy year for me. We are going to enjoy this before we head to Monza and hopefully do the same [again].”

Smiling for a change was Sebastian Vettel who turned 10th on the grid into second place, going wheel to wheel with just about everyone including a heart stopping move on teammate Mark Webber as they made their way up the field and a tense battle with good mate Michael Schumacher. But in the end the world champion showed his class, to nab a healthy haul of points.

Vettel summed up his day, “It was a crazy race from where I started, the start was not so good and after the first corner when a lot of cars went off. It was pretty crazy, fortunately we came back with a fantastic strategy. It was the right call and the car was quite good in the race and we were able to pick up some places in the race. I had a lot of fun racing a lot of people, racing Michael.”

Podium (L to R): Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1. Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Belgian Grand Prix, Preparations, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday 2 September 2012.It’s great to come here, great to come second, and I’m looking forward already to coming back here next year. This circuit is unbelievable,” added Vettel who now lies second in the championship, 24 points adrift of Alonso.

Although Kimi Raikkonen finished third he will be wondering when all the elements will align to provide him with that elusive comeback win. He arrived at Spa as a  pre-race favourite and with four wins at the legendary venue on his CV, much was expected of him. But again he was dogged with small niggles that compromised his race including a KERS problem and later in the race a loss of power.

The Finn was also involved in a number of dramatic skirmishes, including an intriguing tussle with old foe Schumacher. But in the end his Lotus was only (just) good enough for third.

“It is nice to be back here at Spa, but it was not very nice racing today for us. It was not the easiest day for me as the car was not exactly to our liking. I was fighting to get the best out of it and we managed to get some key points, so that was the main thing. It was a difficult one and next week we will try to be better,” said Raikkonen during the podium interview.

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 finished second. Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Belgian Grand Prix, Preparations, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday 2 September 2012.YallaF1′s ‘Man of the match’  goes to Nico Hulkenberg who was in the thick of things, punching well above his weight and again doing his shares no harm. The young German started eleventh, ran second for some laps after the safety car, pitted and was at one stage down in eighth, but wrestled his way back to fourth.

Felipe Massa kept out of trouble and salvaged some handy points fro Ferrari with fifth place after starting 14th on the grid.

Sixth place was the best that Red Bull’s Mark Webber could do despite running as high as fourth. He seemed to lack the pace of his teammate. Nevertheless he remains a contender as his lobbed  8 points off Alonso’s championship lead.

The straight talking Aussie summed up his afternoon in the Ardennes, “The start was pretty wild which can happen here. 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, then you start to roll the dice. After the start, we did not make the most out of the situation.”

Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Force India F1 VJM05. Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Belgian Grand Prix, Preparations, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday 2 September 2012.His 300th grand prix will not go down as one of his best, but Michael Schumacher was in the thick of most the action and hair raising incidents on his way to seventh place at the finish after starting 13th.

The seven time world champion spoke at the end of his action packed afternoon, “We tried to gamble and try our luck with our race strategy, it looked reasonable from the start as we did reasonable lap times in my first stint. I needed to push my tyres against Daniel Ricciardo and that meant we had to come in again. I think it was a good decision to come in and fight again in the last laps but that came to an end when I lose sixth gear. I enjoyed my 300th grand prix, it is beautiful to fight for the top end positions [but] it is sad when you cannot take it home.”

Toro Rosso’s rookies doubled their team’s points with their efforts at one of the toughest and most challenging circuits on the calendar. Jean Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo ran nose to tail for most of the race on their way to eighth and ninth respectively, with Vergne getting the better of his teammate late in the race.

(L to R): Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus E20 and Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03. Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Belgian Grand Prix, Preparations, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday 2 September 2012.The final point went to Paul di Resta who had a KERS issue on the Force India which hampered his progress, but the highly rated Scot was outshone by his teammate who made better use of the package at his disposal.

Di Resta said, “I was a sitting duck during the race as half an hour before the race I had a KERS failure. I had nothing to overtake or defend. I was giving away at least five tenths of a second per lap.”

Pastor Maldonado who was given a three place grid penalty for blocking during qualifying a day earlier, again courted controversy as he blatantly jumped the start, spun on the exit of Turn 1 and came to a halt with a broken wing at Les Combes a lap after the restart.

With one week to go to the next round – the Italian Grand Prix – the championship is now wide open again, with Alonso’s first no points score of the season playing handsomely into the hands of his challengers; both Red Bull drivers, the McLaren duo and Kimi Raikkonen.

Bring on Monza!

Subbed by AJN.

Belgian Grand Prix – Sunday, 2 September 2012

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time Grid Pts
1 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 44 Winner 1 25
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 44 +13.6 secs 10 18
3 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 44 +25.3 secs 3 15
4 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 44 +27.8 secs 11 12
5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 44 +29.8 secs 14 10
6 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 44 +31.2 secs 12 8
7 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 44 +53.3 secs 13 6
8 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 44 +58.8 secs 15 4
9 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 44 +62.9 secs 16 2
10 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 44 +63.7 secs 9 1
11 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 44 +65.1 secs 23
12 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 44 +71.5 secs 17
13 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 44 +1 Lap 2
14 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 43 +1 Lap 19
15 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth +1 Lap 20
16 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth +1 Lap 22
17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault +1 Lap 18
18 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth +1 Lap 21
Ret 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth +15 Lap 24
Ret 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault +40 Laps 6
Ret 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari Accident 4
Ret 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Accident 5
Ret 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes Accident 7
Ret 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault Accident 8

 


  • alonso_is_slow

    Luck is s two-edged knife. it was obvious that Alonso sooner or later has to pay back to Vettel those lucky points from Valencia.

    now the championship is much fairer.

  • f1 fan

    Maldonado jumpstart , grosjean crashing hamilton and taking out others, apart from that it was a very exciting race, but yet again iceman does not win !!

  • Ankit

    @Yourmomisslow

    Look who’s here. Finally you wake up from your grave? What a loser you are man. Seriously. Go f*ck yourself.

  • fawxx

    judging from massa’s pace, it would be a hell of a race if alonso wasnt taken out at the start.

    but still, great race for button and things would have been different if vettel started higher up the grid.

    and grojean may need a few bodyguards in monza.

  • kaka007

    that lotus was slower than hrt on a straightline…. if lotus goes to monza without any improvement and without double drs, they will be smacked in the a** by other teams

    and kimi’s overtaking move on schumi at eau rouge was classic and awesome

    hulk was extraordinary compared to what diresta was doing

    vettel raced well and deserves 2nd place mostly due to that strategy n his overtaking moves to go with strategy

    first tym in the entire season, massa deserves the credits

  • alonso_is_slow

    @aknit_loser
    your IQ does not qualify for this discussion.go back to your midget porn site and let others argue.

    Luck is a two-edged knife. it was obvious that Alonso sooner or later has to pay back to Vettel those lucky points from Valencia.

    now the championship is much fairer.

  • Chris

    First of all Congratulations to Jenson Sebastian and Kimi for The Podium Places
    Bad luck hunted Alonso Perez and Lewis
    Grosjean need to learn how to get the race Start right
    I was Really Sad to see Alonso get his DNF and that was too in SPA
    Vettel Was proved He was good at Overtaking by the very best Overtaking Moves at the Bus stop chicane
    I guess The Battle was Heated Up

  • McLaren Fan

    Magnificent race by Jenson, Seb how did he manage that comeback Kimi salvaged his race.
    Grosjean well what can you say.
    Nico Hulkenberg wicked run. Paul di Resta no KERS bummer.
    I was looking forward to seeing what the Sauber’s could do.
    Quite a lot of people voting on another site voted that Maldonado triggered the carnage by jumping the start.

  • Butterfly

    I fear Grosjean doesn’t learn from mistakes – much like that SOB from Williams. That’s not good if you’re trying to build a career in F1. It looks like the big guns (ALO, HAM, RAI, VET) will all be here ten years from now – how the hell do you find a replacement for Hamilton, for example?

    I see the trolls have returned…

  • Chris

    @Mclaren Fan
    Yesterday you asked Seb who and i think you have the Answer today from his Overtakes

  • McLaren Fan

    Romain Grosjean has had a lot of incidents and it does seem to be spacial awareness that he seems to have problems with.
    I am just waiting to see the penalties handed out

  • McLaren Fan

    @Chris:
    I did say how did he manage that comeback and he has answered a lot with aggressive race craft with no incidents.
    His car is not the best at this time so he and mark dragged it right up the field.

  • Chris

    @Mclaren Fan
    He was always Aggressive being at Pole and running away didn’t showed that Aggression and in this season he some how lost it may be due to car may be due to the EBD but when do that he was Equal to every Best Driver on the grid and i believe this was only the Beginning

  • Butterfly

    Grosjean just got a one-race ban.

  • kaka007

    grosjean is given one race ban….that is too harsh compared to maldonado’s situation.. maldonado deserved that kind of penalty much earlier.. it is not fair..

  • Butterfly

    I really hope Alonso’s SPA engine is okay.

  • JEFFO

    As written in another article on this site:

    Three-time world champion Niki Lauda was not impressed, “I’ve never seen such a stupid accident from Grosjean. I would stop him for two races to start thinking. It was the second time he has done something like this.”

    Personally, I would stop him for the rest of the season!

    Just a word to alonso_is_slow: not liking this or that particular driver is ok, people are free to have their opinions; but being unsporty and tremendously biased is something regreatable.

  • Butterfly

    Could Grosjean be hyperactive at the start of a race? He genuinely doesn’t know what happened.

  • kaka007

    penalties are coming in
    now maldonado with 10 place grid penalty

  • McLaren Fan

    @Chris:
    You may well be right, but when you have a Newey car like the last 2 seasons that is able to go pole fastest lap you do wonder yes some overtakes were seen without the aid of blues, but today showed he has the right stuff all that is needed is to have the finger removed.
    Grosjean 1 race ban, Pastor must be in for an 8 race ban well that is what he deserves he better keep the car clean.

  • Lol.

    I’m a huge Grosjean fan but his performance at the start was disgusting.

    How has nobody mentioned Kobayashi? Everyone sorry to see perez out but Kobayashi was the one with the speed. Even if he did mess the start.

    Alonso, frankly, is lucky to be alive. If grosjean’s car had been a couple inches to the left he would have been decapitated. I’m amazed he was able to walk away.

    HULKENBURG, HEIL!

  • Ankit

    @yourbrainistooslow

    If you’re talking about having a discussion then you’re CLEARLY not suitable to any of the forums. You bring filth and disgust everywhere. I don’t see even one person agreeing to the shit you talk here. You have no respect for anybody as a person. You go into hibernation when Alonso is whopping everybody’s butt and you suddenly come here and talk all sorts of crap when he’s taken out for no fault of his. You just have some reason to talk shit about him. Go complain to your mom about it. Don’t come here and talk stuff that nobody here is interested to listen to.

  • f1 fan

    news flash ! Maldonado was handed a 10 place grid penalty, for jump start and Timo glock incident,

    cmon he’s getting DNF’s in every race now, he has to calm down his aggressiveness!!
    I was expecting a lot of comments for this article !!

  • seb

    that french fries head grosjean is a menace! a menace i tell you! he doesn’t deserve to be in f1! he deserves that ban and more than a kick in the butt. kick him out of f1! troublemaker!

  • f1 fan

    @ ankit and alonso is slow, you guyz are talking things completely unrelated to this, calm down!!

  • Ankit

    Does anybody here know what’s the news with Webber’s incident in the pits? (unsafe release)

  • Alonso_is_slow

    @aknit_loser
    Your talking about f*cking is clearly a sign of respect for others LOL.

  • Ankit

    @f1fan

    I’m sorry about the comments but this guy annoys the shit out of everyone here. I cannot resist but try to make him shut up

  • Ankit

    @f1fan

    I’m sorry about the comments but this guy annoys the shit out of everyone here. I cannot resist but try to make him shut up!

  • Alonso_is_slow

    There is no way to justify your comments, loser.

  • Butterfly

    @Alonso_is_slow (visz963):

    Dude, you better shut the f* up. Alonso just had a nasty crash and you say the title race is fairer? The title race was never fair until now for Alonso, he’s had a crap of a car – as you well know – and earned his lead. Sure, Vettel’s car gave up in Valencia, but Alonso was 2nd at that point, we’re talking about, possibly, gaining 7 points.

    Anyway, stop talking out of your ar*se and keep quiet if you have nothing good to say.

  • f1 fan

    Butterfly is right, even though i too dont support Alonso that much , what happened today was very bad, Its good that Alonso and Hamilton and others were lucky to escape serious injuries, Alonso said that he got some pain but would be fine to race in Monza !!

  • JEFFO

    Yeah, alonso_is_slow, just shut up and get a life. Even if you don’t like him, you should show respect for a guy that, 2 or 3 inches more, could have had is head taken off.
    Stop annoying everybody in here!

  • Ankit

    @yourheadistooslow

    Are you happy now? I think you can see for yourself that nobody here likes your comments and nobody gives a rats a*s about what you say here so either have something nice to say (which I highly doubt you can) or get the hell out of here.

  • Hawk

    Stupid bigot. Why would you call someone French fries head? What has French got to do with it?

    Grosjean has messed Alonso and Ham’s WDC. Vettel is going to come down on Alonso like a ton of bricks. Calculative as he is this is the kind of result Alonso dreaded especially this early. But he knew it was very possible. Fortunately Lewis also DNF. So it will be a one pronged approach for the time being.

  • Ride me sideways

    Well said lol. Kobayashi race was over from that point. He was a cert for the podium

  • Butterfly

    If the Ferrari is fast around Monza, Fernando will win it. Furthermore, if they can maintain the pace until the rest of the season, Fernando can take Vettel’s title, no lead necessary, he can do it race by race.

    Felipe proved the Ferrari was fast around Spa, it should fly around Monza. Bring it on!

  • McLaren Fan

    @seb:
    Grosjean has had a lot of incidents I agree and I think the punishment is just, more than anything if he was further down the grid and not taking out major players and crashing with Maldonado many wouldn’t care at all but to call him a french fries head is a bit low considering he is Swiss-born, changed to French because of the support of French oil company Total as the Swiss gave him no help.
    @Butterfly,
    This time I think Grosjean was startled by Maldonado jumping the start, and he just floored it while in a half startled state thinking he had a bad start. We probably will never know for sure!

  • wtf

    good to see that visz963 has come out of his cave

    well it is a form of speech…I dont think anyone is glad to be reading your rubbish biased comments

  • seb

    @McLaren Fan

    well then grosjean swiss alp baldhead is a menace!

  • seb

    @Hawk

    you idiot bonkers! mind your own comments. shut the f u c k up!

  • Chris

    Some said Fernando was Nothing and His lead was down remember as Vettel said it was a long Season and any thing can Happen so it wasn’t over until we saw Flag in Brazil or a Driver who has a lead of 26 points when coming into Brazil
    So Don’t jump to the Conclusion as Button was also in the Hunt but i guess the Championship was Between the Top 5 only

  • hillside

    Massa will win in Monza!

  • fools

    All you bastards talking shit about Alonso running out of luck is ludicrous…

    All just haters…and it has nothing to do with Vettel ot any other drivers luck or bad luck…Alonso has been driving masterfully. If he has not been involved in a wreck that he never had caused or had control of… And still leads the WDC bastards…lucky he would of won the race…

  • alonso_is_slow

    @fool

    So, according to you, Vettel lost 25points in Valencia because of his error. (and giving 7 points more to Alonso).

    Also, he lost another 18 point thanks to Kartekiyan ( or whatever his name) due to his own error. Again.

    No. This has been bad luck. An without it, he would be in the lead already.

    That is all about Alonso’s genius. Lucky luke.

  • Butterfly

    Actually, Vettel driving into the back of Narain is poor driving – he did it before, Spa 2010 I think ran into Jenson – while having his alternator fail was probably bad driving again seeing how Webber’s identical car had no issues (Vettel is not so good at looking after the car, remember Valencia 2009?).

    On Ferrari’s part, what can I say, they’ve built a reliable car, Alonso knows how to drive it, it’s all down the skill, really.

    Of course, some people prefer to think about that concept called luck, but once you dig deeper you see the truth.

    Have a nice day.

  • alonso_is_slow

    Very nice logic, except for that fact that the Indian ran into Vettel…

  • Butterfly

    You have a really strange perception, did you know that?

  • alonso_is_slow

    Wake up.

    “Karthikeyan penalised for contact with Vettel
    25 March 2012
    2012 Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix: Sunday race results

    Following a stewards’ inquiry, Narain Karthikeyan has been punished for the incident which resulted in Sebastian Vettel’s puncture during the Malaysian Grand Prix.

    On Lap 47 of 56, the World Champion was lapping the HRT when his left-rear wheel clipped its front wing, resulting in a puncture; this dropped the Red Bull out of the points. Vettel also suffered radio problems.

    “Most crucially we lost radio communication and that makes it very difficult in these conditions to know what’s going on,” he explained. “Nonetheless, we did our maximum today and got up to fourth. To then lose the race how I did is very frustrating. Some people need to look more where they are going.”

    Karthikeyan is handed a drive-through penalty, which translates to a post-race time addition of 20 seconds; as a result, he drops to 22nd place behind team-mate Pedro de la Rosa. During the race, the Indian was also hit by Jenson Button, although the McLaren driver has accepted full responsibility for the incident.”

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