Jenson Button, McLaren, Spa-Francorchamps, 2012

2012 Belgian Grand Prix result

2012 Belgian Grand Prix

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Pos#DriverCarLapsGapDifferenceReason
13Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes44
21Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault4413.62413.624
39Kimi RaikkonenLotus-Renault4425.33411.710
412Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes4427.8432.509
56Felipe MassaFerrari4429.8452.002
62Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault4431.2441.399
77Michael SchumacherMercedes4453.37422.130
817Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso-Ferrari4458.8655.491
916Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso-Ferrari4462.9824.117
1011Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes4463.7830.801
118Nico RosbergMercedes4465.1111.328
1219Bruno SennaWilliams-Renault4471.5296.418
1314Kamui KobayashiSauber-Ferrari44116.11944.590
1421Vitaly PetrovCaterham-Renault431 lap1 lap
1524Timo GlockMarussia-Cosworth431 lap31.573
1625Charles PicMarussia-Cosworth431 lap15.574
1720Heikki KovalainenCaterham-Renault431 lap9.427
1822Pedro de la RosaHRT-Cosworth431 lap3.632
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23Narain KarthikeyanHRT-Cosworth2915 laps14 lapsAccident
18Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault440 laps25 lapsAccident
4Sergio PerezSauber-Ferrari044 laps4 lapsAccident
4Fernando AlonsoFerrari044 laps0 lapsAccident
4Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes044 laps0 lapsAccident
4Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault044 laps0 lapsAccident

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38 comments on “2012 Belgian Grand Prix result”

  1. This is brilliant for the championship!

  2. Another year, another Eau Rouge pass!

    1. this one was a delight, one of kimi’s best moves on MSC in eleven years of passes.

  3. No way!! What a accident!

    1. I look at that grid and the first though in my mind is “MASSIVE CRASH!” like in 09 with Romain, Lewis and Button and some more guys, the guys that opted for high down wings are going to suffer so much right a the start it will bunch it up in one gigantic crash. You read this first here at 11:24pm

      that was my prediction yesterday, well i guess everyone was expecting that, Romain got lucky again he didnt killed anyone.

    2. JimmyTheIllustratedBlindSolidSilverBeachStackapopolis III
      2nd September 2012, 15:48

      Grosjeans a little lier he saw the crash on the lotus pit wall from multiple angles then told lee he hadn’t seen it yet.

  4. Classic JB. Haven’t seen such a dominant weekend from him since the Brawn days!

  5. Flawless weekend by Button. Made the right calls and drove calmily to the win.
    Comfortable win, wich lead us to say that Mclaren is the car to beat at this stage. But i like to point out two things: Vettel had great race pace, i think if he started from a higher spot the race would be tight. And looking to what Massa did (14th to 5th) there is no doubt that Alonso would be on the podium at least.

    1. @edmarques, yes Vettel drove a great race, made some excellent passes and had the right strategy. Mark Webber on the other hand was just as fast but got stuck in traffic with the same conservative 2 stop strategy that has cost him dearly in every race that he has started from several rows back this year. Time for Mark to kick some ass, maybe his own, RBR may have had 2 drivers on the podium had they used the winning 1-stop strategy for both drivers.

  6. Did Button get fastest lap? Grand Slams are increasingly rare these days and it would just show how dominant he was today if he got one. I don’t even think Vettel got many, if any last year in his season of domination. Button was rather helped by Mr Grosjean’s rubbish driving at the first corner, but regardless I think it was clear on Button’s performance everyone else was driving for second place right from lap one.

    As a Raikkonen fan another frustrating weekend, he couldn’t make the mediums work so he had to switch to the hards early on for the two stopper. Button, Vettel and Hulkenberg did brilliant jobs, I was really impressed with Vettel’s overtaking today and the one on Webber in particular was brilliant

    1. I think Bruno Senna made the fastest lap.

    2. @debaser91 I believe Vettel had his only career Grand Slam last year at the Indian GP

  7. the fact that Alonso could make really good result make me really depressed….ah…

    1. yeah .. as an Alonso fan I’m a little gutted. He would have extended his championship lead today if it wasn’t for Grosjeans antics.

      Anyways, at least he is fine. He should be back fighting at the front in Monza

    2. @eggry, yes Alonso could have done well as Massa proved, I think it’s time to stop calling the Ferrari a dog.

      1. But thats also because 5-6 drivers in front of Massa either retired or were at the back of the grid due to bad luck.

        Ferrari isn’t a dog.. but it clearly isn’t as quick as the Mclarens or the Red Bulls. Lotus also gets the better of Ferrari on many occassions. So its probably the 3rd to 4th fastest car on the grid. It is the ‘dog’ amongst the front running teams thats for sure.

  8. Complete silliness at Mercedes and Williams. After the first corner mayhem, if someone was bound to capitalise on the chaos it should have been Schumacher, Rosberg and Senna. Instead Mercedes miscalculated their tyre wear on that dog of a car (again!) and threw Schumacher off a potential 3rd or 4th place and Rosberg out of the points. Almost the same thing going on with Senna – messed up strategy and a complete incapability of extracting more than maybe 80% of what the whole package is capable of.

    Utterly stupid… only 6 points out of a potential much larger haul…

    1. To be fair to Senna, apparently he’d incurred some damage early on from Vettel, supposedly at the first corner or thereabouts, but I haven’t looked closely for that yet, will have to do so on the rewatch. Picked up a slow puncture somewhere (possibly from di Resta) at the very end, hence that unfortunate too-late pit stop. On the whole though, one-stopping was not the right strategy, and it’s a shame that Williams knew this (based on their pit radio comments) and kept him on it anyway. It’s not like they had another driver out there to worry about today!

      1. Exactly. I know I usually tend to bash Senna for every mistake he makes and I still consider him as being slow. Both in relation to his team mate and with the drivers who race comparable cars – Perez, Kobayashi, Hulkenberg and Di Resta.

        However, this time Senna really wasn’t at fault for dropping back. It was all about poor calls on the other side of the pit wall. Same goes for Schumacher and Rosberg.

    2. The poor strategy of Merc and Schu is what made him end that down. If he followed the same strategy as Raikonnen he could at least fininsh in the top 5. It seems that they never realized that they were in P6 after turn 1 and kept their strategy like they were in P13. What a dissapointing performance from the so called top strategist Brawn.

  9. One more no points race for Alonso and this championship will be really intresting.

    Really glad all drivers are ok after the crash

    1. The championship was really interesting until now when we didn’t have to see Fingerboy taking poles and winning by a countrymile almost every race. And surely more interesting if the Championship leader would lose points due to the splendid performances of his competitors and not because someone crashes into him.

      1. Or the loss of a definite victory due to mechanical failure.

  10. I wonder how the Saubers and Maldonado would have done. I suspect quite well, shame.

    1. With all the close racing involved in today’s race, I’d mostly expect him to crash, or at least go off a few times..

  11. Such a shame for Sauber. Really feel for them, as this was the best grid for them to do something interesting and score big time, with an opportunity to take over Mercedes’ place in the standings perhaps. Not like I hate Mercedes, but well, Sauber having that opportunity says much about their season..

    Bit gutted Alonso and Hamilton were out at the start as well, but Kimi and Lotus really didn’t deliver today in my opinion. We knew Button was going to be fast, but losing spots to Vettel and even Schumacher and Hulkenberg during the race isn’t a good sign. Hulkenberg and the STR boys did very well, with the STR drivers impressing me with balanced and fair, but very competitive racing. Not as on edge as the Marussia battle, but more impressive.

    I’m a fan of Grosjean on the track, but damn, that man needs to sort his starts out. Maldonado might be dangerous during the race, but Grosjean needs Codemasters type camera angles at his starts. Bit of a cheeky move by Schumacher heading into the pits as well, but I’d be lying if the 8 year old Schumacher fan inside wasn’t having a glory moment.

  12. Anyone know who got the fastest lap?

    1. Senna I think, on fresh mediums – 1:52.822

      1. On hard tires, actually! Pity the strategy was clearly the wrong one and he caught a slow puncture on top of that.

  13. I didn’t like Buttom smiling before podium while he was chatting with Seb and Kimmi about the first retirement from FA due to an horrible accident, too bad taste there.

    1. Todd (@braketurnaccelerate)
      2nd September 2012, 21:40

      Kind of hard to hold a grudge. JB just got done dominating a race at a track he’s notoriously under-performed at. If that were me, I’d be smiling too.

    2. I’m pretty sure they knew he was ok. I did think it was a bit cheeky when Kimi said “it’s about time” when they pointed out that Alonso failed to finish. Kimi has scored points in every race this year except for China and that was only because the team got the strategy wrong and his tyres went off. Both Button and Kimi have been classified as finishers in every race this year.

    3. Yeah well Jenson can smile if he wants to… as everyone was laughing at his driving for most of this season.

  14. Juij: Well, if Jenson Button smiling before the podium disturbs you (maybe he should only smile after?), you should just step back and ask yourself if your narrow-minded comment is based on fact. I seriously doubt that you have the capability to read minds. The fact is that Jenson was on the pole, executed a great start and drove brilliantly to maintain his lead to the end. Perhaps you should go take a Midol.
    Michael Schumacher was on the way to a best finish this season spoiled by a gearbox failure. How sad, and I’m not a raving fan of his either.

    1. Not a gearbox “failure”, but a missing clutch rev at Gear 6.

    2. Actually a poor pit stop strategy!

  15. alonso are always good during practise but when it come to qualifying..you could not make it even to the first row..also his too early made at the pit stop has nade him lose out to those who stop much later

  16. Such a disappointment that Kobayashi couldn’t finish in the points. I thought he would have bagged 10th which would have been a great comeback. However, 13th is still respectable.

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