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Button enjoys Spa win after Alonso crashes : Report

by Reuters Posted on 03 Sep 2012 677 Views

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McLaren's Jenson Button won the Belgian Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday after a first corner pile-up ended the hopes of team mate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Formula One leader Fernando Alonso

 

Incident at the start of the 2012 Belgium GP

 

 

 

Button enjoyed an untroubled afternoon in the Spa sunshine, making just one stop and taking the chequered flag 13.6 seconds clear of Red Bull's double world champion Sebastian Vettel, who won from pole last year.

 

Finland's Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 champion, took third place for Lotus to strengthen his title challenge in his comeback year with a fourth podium in five races.

 

Alonso, who started the race with a 40 point lead over Red Bull's Australian Mark Webber, had hoped for a record-equalling 24th successive points finish but that was shattered in a cloud of carbon-fibre after a matter of metres.

 

His lead was slashed to 24 points, less than a race win, with Vettel rising to second overall. Webber dropped to third, 32 points adrift of Alonso. Raikkonen is one point behind in fourth.

 

 

 

2012 Belgium GP first corner collision

 

 

 

The Spaniard could at least consider himself fortunate not to have been hit on the head by the flying Lotus of Frenchman Romain Grosjean, whose car took off after colliding with Hamilton and flew over the front of the Ferrari.

 

Grosjean was handed a one-race ban for causing the collision, which brought out the safety car, meaning he will miss next weekend's Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

 

Sauber's Sergio Perez also retired on the spot in a miserable afternoon for his Swiss team after a Saturday qualifying session that had promised so much with both their cars in the top four.

 

Kamui Kobayashi, only the second Japanese driver to start from the front row, was also caught up in the first lap mayhem and went to the back of the field and finished 13th.

 

His brakes had already started smoking before the start, which was jumped by Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado - who was handed a 10 place penalty for Monza for that and a later collision that ended his race.

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