Jenson cruises to comfortable win in Spa

You might not have noticed this – the TV director certainly didn’t – but Jenson Button enjoyed a luv-er-ly drive in the Belgian countryside this afternoon.

Boom! Back on track if not exactly back in contention for the Championship which closed up very nicely today; Button, Vettel and Raikkonen all moved closer to leader Fernando Alonso. Alonso didn’t score thanks to Raikkonen’s team mate, but has every reason to thank whichever God he chooses, that he will be back again next week. That was a horrible accident.

The race has only just finished so it’s too early to say whether Romain Grosjean will take a penalty for leaning on Lewis Hamilton, forcing him up and over the Lotus and into Alonso’s Ferrari, which then ducked under Grosjean. Alonso’s head was too close to the impact and he didn’t move straight away. It was probably the shock of it all. Closed cockpits will be back on the agenda.

The crash took out all three as well as Sergio Perez and delayed front row starter and Sauber team-mate Kamui Kobayashi. It was a real shame as Sauber might have been able to take the fight to Button as, rather more likely, would Lewis. Still, you ride your luck in F1 and Button does it better than most. Everything was perfect for him today and he just disappeared. The most dominant win this season.

Nobody else was in it really. Red Bull looked grateful for Vettel’s second place and Lotus was once again mystified why it can’t turn promise into wins. It’s now getting hard to work out what they need, and that can’t be good for the engineers.

It’s not only Grosjean who will be keeping the stewards busy right now. Maldonado’s start looked a little iffy, Red Bull had a close call on a release, Caterham even closer with Kovalainen making impact with the back of Karthikeyan’s HRT. Schumacher also put one hell of a chop on Vettel, but with the BBC reporting that Bernie Ecclestone has already said this will be the last time Michael races at Spa, there didn’t seem much point in persecuting Schuey. He made it up to third in his 300th race, but once again faded away when his one-stop strategy didn’t pay off and he disappeared for new tyres.

Really, there’s so much going on in F1 right now, it doesn’t really need the Schuey side-show. We’ll be back in the morning with the stewards’ findings…

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Huge Congrats to Jenson, it looked so easy as the race commentators have just said.
You really can feel the frustration in Kimi’s comments during the last 2 laps and at the podium, maybe next time.

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Great drive from JB. Great pit-stop, amazing consistency, good strategy. Fantastic from them. Vettel did fantastic too, making up for the lack of top speed with that lovely Bus Stop pass. Thought there’d be more from Kimi but third isn’t bad of course. Good result for Hulk, Schumi, Massa and STR.

Maldo…. Oh dear. Haven’t seen the start enough but it looked like a false start then losing his front wing clipping Timo.

First corner – https://lh5.googleusercon tent.com/-GsNxWaKAgew/UEN QWZVh_vI/AAAAAAAAAHw/sTbA 2qXSUQs/s450/f1start.gif and http://www.youtube.com/wa tch?feature=player_detail page&v=L2Kfu1MmCI8#t=186s – bad start from Ham, Gro squeezes him and they collide, incident occurs. Not ideal but damn exciting start.

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Woo hoo! Jenson drove that race in the most beautiful way. Huge congrats from Denmark! Hope that the holiday helped, so that he will win more races now

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congrats to the engineers who build modern F1 cars so strongly, and to the drivers (and teams) who have insisted they be built that way. cheers.

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WHAT A RACE! BIG CRASH AT THE START WAS GROSJEAN’S FAULT. HE TAGGED HAMILTON, WHO CRASHED INTO FERNANDO.

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What about Kimmi? Best overtake since… MIka over Shumi with a BAR in the middle?

Who else could have done that on the outside in Eau Rouge?! 90% of the drivers would have caused a nasty crash.

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Was a fantastic race to watch but Top Gear shouldn’t take anything away from Michael’s drive. This article also failed to mention that in the closing stage of the race he lost 6th gear. Absolutely wonderful tire management by Button and especially Vettel, making them last while racing his way through the field.

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Really happy that Jenson won the grand prix!! Hopefully he can keep up the performance for the rest of the season! Unfortunate accident at the start though.

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it would be rather boring without Schuey, so why do you complain?

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Grosjean got a ban for causing the crash. Good choice, fia. If grosjeans car hit alonso in the head, it would be fatal. This means grosjean will miss the italian grand prix.

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Good to see how the accident got handled. Excellent clean up, and the FIA judgement is well chosen. More impressively is how Grosjean and Lotus responded. They know it was an honest mistake made in the heat of the moment. No contest.

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Great race, favourite race circuit Spa Franchomp
truly awesome place to drive.
Grosjean deserved his penalty, ans JB was a
class apart all weekend.

Schuy was brillant, pity his sixth gear went
or he might has got fifth place.
good drive, by Massa should give him a
boost.

love the italian grand prix, should be fun
and another great race.

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Grosjean to miss the Italian GP, Maldonado to take a grid drop.

Hamilton took to photographing the telemetry and sharing with the world.

Closed cockpits? Like a jet fighter? Or just make the car like a GT car. Go one further and allow them to race in what they brung, with current engine restrictions. Ferrari bring a 458, McLaren bring their MP4-12C, Merc have an SLR Black. Red Bull have some sort of Infiniti jeep while Lotus rebadge a Megane.

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Grosjean earned himself a 50,000 euro fine for that crash

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that was a bad crash and grosjean has only added to his 2012 first lap crash record.but if alonso had been hit,i dont know about fatal.grosjean was ridiculous.although i didnt know entirely what happened initially coz it happened so quickly, iknew it was pretty damn serious when were talking three main teams in this years title battle.
button had a fantastic race,although he didnt get much tv time.he managed to save his tyres and still win the race comfortably vettel had a great race as well and that was about it

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lotus would not rebadge a megane @sirwiggum,they would bring along that new super loony exige or something

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