Button takes Spa victory

By on Sunday, September 2, 2012

Jenson Button returned to the top step of the podium for the first time since the season opening race in Australia after dominating the 44 laps of the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa Francorchamps.

Button was joined on the podium by reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel and 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen.

The race will be best remembered for a spectacular collision at the start that eliminated several of the front runners.

Pastor Maldonado jumped the start but the action took place further back. Romain Grosjean moved across on Lewis Hamilton, sending the McLaren spearing into the side of Fernando Alonso. Grosjean went over the top of Alonso in an accident that also eliminated Sergio Perez.

Maldonado had to pit for repairs after the collision while Kamui Kobayashi was similarly caught up in the incident.

After a brief Safety Car period, the racing resumed. Nico Hulkenberg, who had started from twelfth place, was the main beneficiary of the start accident as he climbed up to fourth. He soon dispensed with Kimi Raikkonen to climb up to third place.

Michael Schumacher also made a good start but soon slipped back to seventh, with a two stop strategy failing to take advantage of the conditions.

Kimi Raikkonen spent a large part of the race stuck behind the Mercedes, although the Finn put in a stunning move at the bottom of Eau Rouge to pass Schumacher.

Sebastian Vettel drove a sensible race, passing rivals early on and preserving his tyres. He climbed from tenth place on the grid to second.

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