Updated: 04/09/2012 18:43 | By pa.press.net

Jenson claims Belgian success



Jenson Button has won the Belgian Grand Prix

Jenson Button has won the Belgian Grand Prix

Jenson Button thrust himself back into Formula One world title contention with a faultless pole-to-flag Belgian Grand Prix victory after avoiding the first-corner chaos that accounted for four drivers.

The McLaren driver finished ahead of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen in his Lotus as championship leader Fernando Alonso was the biggest casualty of the early crash, ending his run of 23 consecutive races in the points, along with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton.

The accident was instigated by Lotus' Romain Grosjean, and not for the first time this year on lap one, whilst Sauber's Sergio Perez was also forced into retirement.

Button's 14th career triumph means he is still 63 points adrift of Alonso, but the 32-year-old McLaren star cannot be discounted after finally finding some form of late.

Reigning champion Vettel, who had started 10th after a poor qualifying by his and the team's standards, closed the gap to Alonso to within a race win at 24 points. Raikkonen's sixth podium finish this year means he is 33 points down in the standings in fourth, one point behind Mark Webber, who was fifth in the race.

Hamilton remains static at 47 points behind Alonso, but with one less race remaining at eight, and heading to Italy next weekend on the back of a week to forget at Spa-Francorchamps. From seventh on the grid Hamilton was clipped by Grosjean attempting to cut across the Briton.

As the rear-right tyre of Grosjean's car hit the front-left of Hamilton's McLaren, it sparked a chain reaction which resulted in the exit of four cars at the first corner La Source hairpin. As the mayhem unfolded Grosjean and Hamilton collected Alonso and Perez, the latter duo having started from fifth and fourth.

On-board replays showed Grosjean's Lotus flying over the front of the Ferrari, missing the head of the Spaniard by inches. Unsurprisingly the safety car was immediately deployed, staying out for the opening four laps, with Button leading a procession of cars, followed by Force India duo Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta.

On lap five the field was reduced to 19 as Pastor Maldonado, who would have been investigated for a clear jump start that led to a shake of the head from race director Charlie Whiting, lost his front wing, pulling off track at Les Combes.

Up ahead, though, Button did not put a wheel wrong throughout the remainder of the race, while others behind scrapped over the minor placings.

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02/09/2012 19:11
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For the odd few that say Hamilton could of done this or that and blamed him for the incident,here is a statment.... 

Paddock reacts to Belgium crash

A statement from governing body the FIA said: "The stewards regard this incident as an extremely serious breach of the regulations, which had the potential to cause injury to others.

"It eliminated leading championship contenders from the race.

"The stewards note [that] the team conceded the action was an extremely serious mistake and an error of judgement. Neither the team nor the driver made any submission in mitigation of penalty."

Grosjean, who is the first driver to be banned from a race since Michael Schumacher in 1994, said: "I misjudged the gap to Lewis. I thought I was in front of him. It was a small mistake, but a big incident.

"I'm very sorry, and I'm just glad nobody is hurt. That's the main thing. It's a very hard decision to hear. When you love racing it's hard."

Lotus team boss Eric Boullier added: "This is a severe penalty, but it's part of his learning curve.

So middle finger up to all you Hamilton haters and to those who know nothing about F1

02/09/2012 15:42
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what  journalist blamed hamilton for the crash .watch the race report the facts not what you want to see .
02/09/2012 16:00
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These upcoming drivers if u can all them that are causing problems all the time. Maldanado who is a lunatic in his own right, now Grosjean.. They could not only kill themselves but others as well. Congrats to Jenson, well deserved.

 

02/09/2012 19:24
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Well Done Jensen, but would have been nice if the top drivers i.e Alonso and Hamilton, had been able to have raced the whole F1 Belgium  today.  

 

What are the likes of Maldanado, and Grosjean, doing to Formula 1,  They will not be satisfied until they have killed somebody!!!!

 

THEY SHOULD BE HAULED OVER THE COALS FOR THE WAY THEY DRIVE!!!!!  SACK THEM BEFORE ANY FURTHER DAMAGE IS DONE!!!!

02/09/2012 16:07
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Grosjean needs a big penalty for what he did - no doubt he was the one who caused the massive pile up - drove straight into LH. A BIGGER penalty needs to be given to that beyond arrogant pr1ck Maldonado - if he's not deliberately ramming people off the track, he's now cheating and jump-starting!!!!!!!! He needs to be given ATLEAST a one race ban. But no doubt the laughable stewards will just give him a drive through or couple of place demotion for the next race. He will never learn how to properly race or gain any respect until he is justifiably punished for his arrogant and ignorant driving! Was so hilarious and karma when he soon retired. You Venezuelan ****!!!!!! Great win for JB... just a shame Schumacher couldn't last til the end on his tyres and that Raikonnen didn't have the power in his car to stop Vettel getting 2nd.
02/09/2012 15:10
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Great win by JB - he dominated the weekend.  Back in contention!
02/09/2012 19:39
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Well done Jenson, unlucky again Hamilton. There seem to be a few drivers determined to take Hamilton out every race it is becoming ridiculous. The biggest surprise for me was that is wasn't mad- o -nado ramming Hamilton off the track!

 

Shockingly dangerous move by Grosjean. Definitely worth a ban. 

 

 

02/09/2012 17:49
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Great victory for Jenson but very unfortunate for Lewis. What was Romain Grosjean up to? Whatever it was, has earn'd him a one race ban and quite rightly so. Although I don't have a ounce of support for Fernando, I'm glad he escaped without injury.

Although Maldonado's race ended shortly after his jump start, I do think this erratic Venezualian should be issued with a penalty too. He seems to be responsible for too many crashes and although a race winner this year, he's starting to get a bad reputation in F1.

Roll on Monza next week - Let's hope McLaren will be wearing the rocket red shirts there too. Don't mind if it's for Lewis or Jenson.

02/09/2012 17:42
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I watched the race from the start and was horrified to see the crash but pleased no injuries, the stewards need to sort out a couple of the current drivers or next time may not be an injury free outcome. Jenson Button was in a class of his own and to say that the BBC favour him over his team mate is strange? I did not think we saw hardly a glimse of Jenson during the coverage of the race just the occasional remark how far in lead he was, the BBC were showing also rans trying to finish in the points, hardly a biased JB report is it.
02/09/2012 15:29
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Throw Grosjean out of F1. He's a raving lunatic!
02/09/2012 19:16
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Thank god, grojean has been banned from the next race,and shld be banned from racing completly,and as for maldonado jumping the start he shld be banned from the next race aswell,he caused so many accidents this season,he should be the first to go.Big well done to button,back on form,now the car's back to perfection,Lets hope more of it to come.
02/09/2012 16:05
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Best race of the season so far. Congratulations Jenson. Glad everybody is OK.
02/09/2012 17:35
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if lewis hamilton had caused that crash we would have never heard the last of it it was one of the stupidest  drives ive seen for a long while,the bbc commentators are very biased towards lewis and yet hes the no 1 driver in my eyes so dont forget lewis and jenson are our british drivers so lets support both eh bbc  they was just the same in the olympics with rebecca adlington not happy with two bronze medals so comeon you true brits and shout for all our sports people not just a few we have not got much to cheer about in this country at the moment so lets make the best of what weve got do you agree guys?
02/09/2012 20:04
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Do you think Lewis Hamilton has ever rear-ended Nicole?

02/09/2012 18:46
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The best way to win a race has always been, "be fast enough", "be steady" and "keep out of trouble". Well done Jenson. A pity that the shunt removed some potential playmates. Good to see the Lotus name showing up there again with the revitalised Kimi, regardless of Grosjean's wildness. Thankfully, even the superb Alonso has not yet closed a stranglehold on this year's Driver's Championship, so some genuine interest remains.

02/09/2012 22:17
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Yes Grosjean should receive a ban but for those of you that have never raced - cut him some slack.  You are dealing with fractions of seconds to make a decision.

You would be the same people saying "he isn't a racer" if he lifted.

would you want to watch F1 if there was no hint of danger or the unexpected?

02/09/2012 17:30
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Good job Button...a well deserved win after all the trouble's he's had this season... His race

win was as impressive as his qualifying pole time!!! as for the pile up at La Source corner,

Grosjean has a lot to answer for...not sure if he saw Hamilton, but he was lucky not to

take Alonso head of... i still think a race ban is a bit harsh..  for me, it's a racing collision that common place on the track..unfortunatly for Grosjean it triggered of a chain reaction!!!!

02/09/2012 20:30
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shoot both maldonado and grosjean  took out the best two drivers   this season but well done jenson
02/09/2012 22:16
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F1. You either love it or hate it. I'm a NASCAR fan but there's some totally stupid anti F1 comments on here. Why comment if they hate? To comment they must watch some of it. Anyway even though I never watched, good lad Jenson!!!
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