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Button wins big in Belgium, catapults back into title fight

Published time: September 02, 2012 15:03
Edited time: September 02, 2012 19:03
McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain is followed by Lotus Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland at the start of Belgian F1 Grand Prix in Spa Francorchamps September 2, 2012. (Reuters/Sebastien Pirlet)

McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain is followed by Lotus Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland at the start of Belgian F1 Grand Prix in Spa Francorchamps September 2, 2012. (Reuters/Sebastien Pirlet)

Jenson Button has claimed his 14th career win in Formula One racing – his second of the year – following a dominant pole-to-flag race at the Belgian Grand Prix.

It was also a day that standings leader Fernando Alonso will likely wish to forget. The Spaniard was just one of several big names to crash out right at the beginning of the race at the Spa circuit.

“I'm fine and 100 [percent] already thinking [about] Monza!”
Alonso wrote on Twitter.

Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean all forfeited after a pile-up on the first corner. Pastor Maldonado also bowed out early on.

With two of his main rivals out, Button had no problem clinching the win.

“This is such a special circuit, so to get a victory here from light to flag is very special,” Button said after the race. “It hasn't been an easy year for me. We're going to enjoy this for a little while longer before we head to Monza and hopefully do the same.”

The Brit, who also took first at the Australian Grand Prix in March, catapulted himself back into contention for the Formula One world title.

Reigning champion Sebastian Vettel came in second ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. The German was arguably the biggest winner, as the Red Bull racer overtook teammate Mark Webber for second in the overall standings.

Vettel is now 24 points behind top title contender Alonso. Raikkonen is now in third, followed closely by Webber, Hamilton and Button.

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