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2012 Belgian Grand Prix

Grand Prix Shell de Belgique

Sunday, September 2, 2012
Warm, dry and sunny
Fastest Lap:
Senna, 1m52.822
2012 season:

It wasn’t a classic Belgian Grand Prix by any means, but Spa – by its very nature – always provides talking points aplenty, and this year’s race was no exception. The one aspect never really in doubt – after the first 10 seconds, anyway – was that Jenson Button, starting from pole position, was going to win. At the flag he had 13 seconds on Sebastian Vettel and 25 on Kimi Räikkönen, having made 44 laps of Spa look easy. “To win at this very special circuit, leading from lights to flag, is very special,” he said, and so it was. After the sort of up-and-down season he has had, Button really needed an afternoon like this. Perhaps it might have been less straightforward had World Championship leader Fernando Alonso and Jenson’s team-mate Lewis Hamilton not been eliminated in a massive accident – caused by Romain Grosjean – at La Source, the first corner after the start. As it was, his main opposition came ultimately from Vettel, but Sebastian was never able to get on terms, having qualified poorly, and then lost further places in the aftermath of the shunt.