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…