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The 2012 Belgian Grand Prix (officially the 2012 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix) was the twelfth race of the 2012 Formula One Season and the 68th Belgian Grand Prix, the 57th time as the round of the Formula One World Championship. The race was held on September 2nd at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, the 45th F1 race held at the venue.

The race was won by Jenson Button who led the race from start to finish, followed by Sebastian Vettel in second and Kimi Räikkönen in third. The result leaves Fernando Alonso, who retired on lap 1, leading the World Championship by 24 points from Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel. Red Bull continue to lead the Constructors' Championship by an increased margin of 53 points from McLaren-Mercedes.

After the race, the stewards awarded a one-race suspension, active at the Italian Grand Prix, to Lotus-Renault driver Romain Grosjean for causing a collision at the first corner which led to the retirement of himself, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Sergio Pérez and Pastor Maldonado.

Background

Following the extended summer break, the drivers will approach the Belgian Grand Prix with Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso leading the World Drivers' Championship by 40 points from Mark Webber of Red Bull-Renault. Red Bull lead the Constructors' Championship.

The event will be a first Belgian Grand Prix for F1 rookies, Jean-Éric Vergne and Charles Pic, both of whom have experience of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit from other racing series.

There are no major changes to the circuit from the 2011 event, and the DRS zone is again expected to be from the exit of Eau Rouge/Radillon, along the Kemmel Straight to the braking zone for Les Combes, with the detection point before the entry to Eau Rouge.

Chilean driver, Eliseo Salazar will make his debut as the drivers representative on the Stewards board in Belgium. Salazar raced in Formula One from 1981 to 1983 for the March, Ensign, ATS and RAM teams. However he was more noted as a Sports Car and IndyCar driver in his later career. Salazar was also one of the former F1 drivers competing in the GP Masters from 2005-2006.

Entry list

The full entry list for the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix is shown below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB8 Renault RS27-2012 P
2 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB8 Renault RS27-2012 P
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-27 Mercedes FO 108Z P
4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-27 Mercedes FO 108Z P
5 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari F2012 Ferrari 056 P
6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari F2012 Ferrari 056 P
7 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W03 Mercedes FO 108Z P
8 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W03 Mercedes FO 108Z P
9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Lotus F1 Team Lotus E20 Renault RS27-2012 P
10 France Romain Grosjean United Kingdom Lotus F1 Team Lotus E20 Renault RS27-2012 P
11 United Kingdom Paul di Resta India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM05 Mercedes FO 108Z P
12 Germany Nico Hülkenberg India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM05 Mercedes FO 108Z P
14 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland Sauber F1 Team Sauber C31 Ferrari 056 P
15 Mexico Sergio Pérez Switzerland Sauber F1 Team Sauber C31 Ferrari 056 P
16 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR7 Ferrari 056 P
17 France Jean-Éric Vergne Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR7 Ferrari 056 P
18 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado United Kingdom Williams F1 Williams FW34 Renault RS27-2012 P
19 Brazil Bruno Senna United Kingdom Williams F1 Williams FW34 Renault RS27-2012 P
20 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Caterham F1 Team Caterham CT01 Renault RS27-2012 P
21 Russia Vitaly Petrov Malaysia Caterham F1 Team Caterham CT01 Renault RS27-2012 P
22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Spain HRT F1 Team HRT F112 Cosworth CA2012 P
23 India Narain Karthikeyan Spain HRT F1 Team HRT F112 Cosworth CA2012 P
24 Germany Timo Glock Russia Marussia F1 Team Marussia MR01 Cosworth CA2012 P
25 France Charles Pic Russia Marussia F1 Team Marussia MR01 Cosworth CA2012 P
Free Practice 1 only
19 Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Williams F1 Williams FW34 Renault RS27-2012 P
23 Spain Dani Clos Spain HRT F1 Team HRT F112 Cosworth CA2012 P

Practice Overview

FP1

In the first practice session Valtteri Bottas replaced Bruno Senna in the second Williams, Jules Bianchi replaced Nico Hülkenberg in the Force India and Dani Clos was piloting the HRT instead of Narain Karthikeyan. With a heavy downpour of rain on the circuit there was limited track time for the drivers. This meant that there was a rather unusual final result for the session time sheets. Kamui Kobayashi in the Sauber lead the timesheets with Pastor Maldonado in the Williams second followed by the Toro Rosso's of Ricciardo and Vergne.

Mark Webber was top of the championship runners in 5th with Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel in ninth. The McLaren's of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button were 15th and 16th respectively. Both Ferrari and Lotus opted to do only very limited running, completing only a few basic installation laps.

The Ferrari of Felipe Massa was the only car who did not set a lap time, a suspected engine failure prevented him from completing his first lap. Of those that did brave the conditions, Kobayashi, Maldonado, Ricciardo, Webber and Button had spins down at Les Combes.

FP2

The afternoon practice session suffered from similar torrential conditions as the morning session. Free Practice 2 however saw even less activity in its session in the first. Only 18 of the 24 drivers ventured out on track and only 10 of these drivers completed timed laps in the very dying minutes of the session.

On top of the 10 drivers who set timed laps was a surprising Charles Pic, for the first time setting the fastest time in a Formula One practice session for himself and the Marussia team. Of the championship contenders only Fernando Alonso set a timed lap putting his Ferrari third on the timesheets.

Alonso's teammate Felipe Massa was the only driver who participated in both Friday Practice Sessions who did not set a lap time in either session. The Lotus drivers of Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean only went out very briefly in the first practice session, however in the second session they did not leave the garage at all. Other notable names who did not make it out on track was the Red Bull of Mark Webber, the Caterham of Vitaly Petrov and both the HRT drivers of Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan.

FP3

The Saturday free practice session was in stark contrast to the Friday practice sessions. The Sun was out and the track was extremely busy as the drivers and teams attempted to gather as much data on the track that was not able to be gathered due to the rain on the previous day.

Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes had a suspected gearbox failure fifteen minutes into the session which caused him to stop out on track. With barely any running in any of the practice sessions his retirement from the session put him on the back foot for qualifying and the race.

At the conclusion of the session, it was championship leader Fernando Alonso leading the way in his Ferrari. His nearest championship rivals in the Red Bull's saw Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel finish seventh and ninth respectively. Kimi Räikkönen demonstrated the Lotus pace finishing the session just behind Alonso in second. The Sauber team produced impressive lap times with Sergio Pérez and Kamui Kobayashi finishing a strong third and fourth. Lewis Hamilton however did not produce any strong lap times finishing the session in twelfth whereas his teammate Jenson Button finished the session fifth.

Practice Times

No. Driver Team FP1 FP2 FP3
Pos Time Pos Time Pos Time
1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 9 2:14.860 - no time 9 1:49.292
2 Australia Mark Webber 5 2:13.191 - no time 7 1:49.164
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 16 2:16.861 - no time 5 1:49.091
4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 15 2:16.827 - no time 12 1:49.615
5 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari 22 2:40.749 3 2:50.497 1 1:48.542
6 Brazil Felipe Massa 24 no time - no time 6 1:49.092
7 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes 10 2:15.402 - no time 13 1:49.621
8 Germany Nico Rosberg 7 2:14.210 - no time 24 1:58.113
9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 23 2:46.580 - no time 2 1:48.683
10 France Romain Grosjean 21 2:38.701 - no time 8 1:49.266
11 United Kingdom Paul di Resta India Force India-Mercedes 11 2:15.812 4 2:51.333 10 1:49.382
12 Germany Nico Hülkenberg DNP - no time 14 1:49.674
France Jules Bianchi 13 2:16.786 DNP DNP
14 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 1 2:11.389 7 2:53.232 4 1:48.863
15 Mexico Sergio Pérez 10 2:13.361 9 3:12.901 3 1:48.850
16 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 3 2:12.004 2 2:49.750 16 1:49.776
17 France Jean-Éric Vergne 4 2:12.824 8 2:58.232 15 1:49.710
18 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado United Kingdom Williams-Renault 2 2:11.941 5 2:51.660 11 1:49.561
19 Brazil Bruno Senna DNP - no time 17 1:50.027
Finland Valtteri Bottas 8 2:14.660 DNP DNP
20 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Caterham-Renault 18 2:18.199 - no time 18 1:52.339
21 Russia Vitaly Petrov 14 2:17.788 - no time 21 1:52.809
22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Spain HRT-Cosworth 19 2:19.546 - no time 22 1:53.383
23 India Narain Karthikeyan DNP - no time 23 1:53.562
Spain Dani Clos 20 2:19.689 DNP DNP
24 Germany Timo Glock Russia Marussia-Cosworth 12 2:16.409 6 2:52.076 20 1:52.630
25 France Charles Pic 17 2:17.519 1 2:49.354 19 1:52.566

Qualifying

Q1

The sun was shining once again with no threat of the torrential rain that had affected the Friday Practice sessions. The session saw the Williams of Pastor Maldonado as the fastest man on track just pipping the McLaren of Jenson Button to the top of the time sheets. This was in contrast to their teammates with Lewis Hamilton struggling in fifteenth and Bruno Senna in seventeenth.

Nico Hülkenberg also showed promise putting his Force India third just ahead of the Ferrari of Championship leader Fernando Alonso. Hülkenberg however was involved in an incident where one of his hot laps were allegedly blocked by the fastest driver Pastor Maldonado, the incident would be investigated by the stewards after the conclusion of the qualifying sessions. The constructors championship leaders, Red Bull appeared to be struggling with Sebastian Vettel finishing tenth and Mark Webber finishing fourteenth.

Nico Rosberg was the big loser in the session though, he failed to put together a competitive lap time and finished the session eighteenth and within the drop out zone. It was always going to be a struggle for the German, he had done near to no dry weather driving on the circuit after the circuit wash out on Friday and his gearbox failing in the opening minutes of the first dry practice session on Saturday.

Q2

Jenson Button continued to demonstrate his qualifying pace putting in the fastest lap time of the session. Fastest man in the first session Pastor Maldonado struggled and only just managed to put his car in tenth place and into the final session of qualifying. The same could not be said of his teammate however, Senna struggled in his Williams which saw him have a large spin at Pouhon. He finished the session in seventeenth and last place.

Both Sauber's appeared to be competitive with Sergio Pérez finishing the session second and Kamui Kobayashi finishing fifth. Nico Hülkenberg who had appeared very strong in the first session struggled in the second qualifying session and only put his car into twelfth position. He was beaten by teammate Paul di Resta who had made into into Q3 after ironically struggling in the first session.

However the biggest name to not make it into the final qualifying session was reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel. Vettel had been struggling with his car all weekend and finished a disappointing eleventh putting his Red Bull just ahead of Hülkenberg and Michael Schumacher who would be starting his 300th Grand Prix from a disappointing thirteenth.

Q3

McLaren, Lotus and an impressive Sauber were the only teams to get both drivers into the final qualifying session. Jenson Button continued to set the benchmark time and dominated the final qualifying session to take his first pole for McLaren and his first since the 2009 Monaco Grand Prix with Brawn.

Kamui Kobayashi scored his best ever qualifying position finishing second and putting himself on the front row next to Button. His teammate Sergio Pérez also finished an impressive fifth. Championship leader Fernando Alonso did not demonstrate any strong pace throughout all of qualifying, yet crucially with the exception of the Lotus driver Kimi Räikkönen who starts fourth he manages to qualify ahead of all his nearest championship contenders.

Behind both Button and Kobayashi starts Pastor Maldonado who had generally been quick throughout the weekend putting himself and Williams in a prime position to fight for the lead of the race on Sunday.

Post-Qualifying

After the second practice session on Friday it was confirmed that Mark Webber would suffer a five place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change. This meant that he would start the race in twelfth position just behind teammate Sebastian Vettel who would start tenth. With both their drivers in for a likely chance of winning the drivers title and the Red Bull team leading the constructors title it had put the team and the drivers at a serious disadvantage after qualifying as they were the lowest qualifying team and drivers of the likely championship contenders.

Nico Rosberg would also receive a five place grid drop. His gearbox failure in the Saturday practice meant that the team was forced to replace the gearbox before it had finished its required lifespan. Rosberg would now start twenty third and on the last row of the grid starting ahead of only the HRT of Narain Karthikeyan. Starting so far back on the grid and only completing a very limited number of laps on the circuit would make it difficult for Rosberg to score a strong result for the team.

Pastor Maldonado's strong third place on the grid was under threat after he had allegedly blocked a flying lap from Nico Hülkenberg in the first qualifying session. The stewards eventually concluded that Maldonado was guily of blocking Hülkenberg and therefore handing him a three place grid penalty meaning that Maldonado will start sixth on the grid. Therefore promoting four time Belgian GP winner Kimi Räikkönen to third with Sergio Pérez and Fernando Alonso starting fourth and fifth respectively.

Qualifying Results

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos Time Pos Time Pos Time
1 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 2 1:49.250 1 1:47.654 1 1:47.573 1
2 14 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 9 1:49.686 5 1:48.569 2 1:47.871 2
3 18 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1 1:48.993 10 1:48.780 3 1:47.893 6
4 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 5 1:49.546 3 1:48.414 4 1:48.313 3
5 15 Mexico Sergio Pérez Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 7 1:49.642 2 1:47.980 5 1:48.219 4
6 5 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari 4 1:49.401 6 1:48.598 6 1:48.313 5
7 2 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 14 1:49.859 4 1:48.546 7 1:48.392 12
8 4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 13 1:49.805 7 1:49.605 8 1:48.394 7
9 10 France Romain Grosjean United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 17 1:50.126 8 1:48.714 9 1:48:538 8
10 11 United Kingdom Paul di Resta India Force India-Mercedes 16 1:50.033 9 1:48.729 10 1:48.890 9
11 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 10 1:49.722 11 1:48.792 10
12 12 Germany Nico Hülkenberg India Force India-Mercedes 3 1:49.362 12 1:48.855 11
13 7 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes 11 1:49.742 13 1:49.081 13
14 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 12 1:49.763 14 1:49.147 14
15 17 France Jean-Éric Vergne Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 8 1:49.672 15 1:49.354 15
16 16 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 6 1:49.572 16 1:49.543 16
17 19 Brazil Bruno Senna United Kingdom Williams-Renault 15 1:49.958 17 1:50.088 17
18 8 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 18 1:50.181 no time 23
19 20 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Caterham-Renault 19 1:51.739 18
20 21 Russia Vitaly Petrov Malaysia Caterham-Renault 20 1:51.967 19
21 24 Germany Timo Glock Russia Marussia-Cosworth 21 1:52.336 20
22 22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Spain HRT-Cosworth 22 1:53.030 21
23 25 France Charles Pic Russia Marussia-Cosworth 23 1:53.493 22
24 23 India Narain Karthikeyan Spain HRT-Cosworth 24 1:54.989 24

Grid

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Jenson Button
Kamui Kobayashi ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Kimi Räikkönen
Sergio Pérez ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Fernando Alonso
Pastor Maldonado ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Lewis Hamilton
Romain Grosjean ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Paul di Resta
Sebastian Vettel ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Nico Hülkenberg
Mark Webber ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Michael Schumacher
Felipe Massa ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Jean-Éric Vergne
Daniel Ricciardo ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Bruno Senna
Heikki Kovalainen ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Vitaly Petrov
Timo Glock ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Pedro de la Rosa
Charles Pic ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Nico Rosberg§
Narain Karthikeyan ______________

† Maldonado was handed a three place grid penalty for blocking during qualifying

‡ Webber was handed a five place grid penalty for a change of gearbox

§ Rosberg was handed a five place grid penalty for a change of gearbox

Race

Report

As the cars lined up on the grid, trouble already seemed to be brewing before the race even got under way. Kamui Kobayashi's Sauber appeared to be smoking and overheating on the grid, a worrying and ominous thought before the race had even begun. Pastor Maldonado who started 6th then jumped the start after letting go of the clutch before the lights went out and moved up to third behind Kimi Räikkönen and Jenson Button. Most of the drivers had been startled and distracted by Maldonado's suspiciously good start which would have dire consequences as they headed down to turn 1.

The Lotus of Romain Grosjean veered sharply across to the right hand side of the track, pushing the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton onto the grass at the side of the track. Hamilton losing control of his car from this manoevure slammed into the back of Grosjean as they neared the first corner slingshotting Grosjean into the back of Sergio Pérez in the Sauber and then launching him over the top of championship leader Fernando Alonso. The other Sauber of Kamui Kobayashi was squeezed out in the melee hitting the back of the stricken Ferrari of Alonso and then was hit behind by the out of control Hamilton. Maldonado had taken damage as well when he was hit in the rear by Pérez. Six cars had been damaged in the startline accident and of those six only Kobayashi and Maldonado were able to drive away. Maldonado however retired later on lap three when the damaged appeared to be terminal. Kobayashi was the only driver of the drivers involved in the accident to finish the race albeit with a massive hole in the right hand side of his car and struggling throughout the race to finish a disappointing 13th.

There was a worry in the aftermath of the accident with Alonso laying motionless within the car but eventually exited although suffering from a bit of shock and a slightly injured shoulder. The accident however did benefit some drivers, with the safety car coming out to allow the marshalls to clear away the carnage of the first corner, Heikki Kovalainen found his Caterham in a strong 10th position after the first lap. Whilst Nico Hülkenberg was 3rd followed by his Force India teammate Paul di Resta, then it was Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa.

The safety car pulled in at the end of lap four and remarkably once again there was another incicident at the first corner when Kovalainen lost control of his car spinning to the back of the field. Unable to make use of his great start and had it all to do once again. At the front Button sped away into the lead while Hülkenberg was able to get passed Raikkonen for second whilst Schumacher managed to pass di Resta for third. Unable to get his tyre temperatures up to speed, Raikkonen struggled and dropped behind Schumacher. Both the Red Bull drivers had lost time in the first corner accident with Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel 10th and 11th. Vettel however put in some great driving passing his teammate, the two Toro Rosso's of Jean-Éric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo both of whom benefitted from the start line accident then passing Di Resta and Felipe Massa. Di Resta out himself out of the running when he began to suffer from severe tyre degradation and was forced to pit quite early.

Kimi Räikkönen was also struggling for speed and he too came into the pits quite early severely damaging his hopes of challenging race leader Jenson Button. This put reigning champion Sebastian Vettel into third place just behind the feisty Michael Schumacher hoping for a strong result in his 300th Grand Prix. The two World Champions dueled for several laps until lap 19 when Vettel attempted to pass Schumacher at his favourite passing position at the Bus Stop chicane, the last corner of the circuit. Schumacher defended well and looked to have the corner only for him to surprisingly dart across the track and into the pits nearly crashing into Vettel as he did so, the rather brash manoveaur nearly took both cars out of the race and was see a steward investigation after the conclusion of the Grand Prix..

There were two pit lane incidents investigated during the race. Whilst completing his first pitstop Heikki Kovalainen was released from the pits a little too early and nearly hit the incoming HRT of Narain Karthikeyan. Not long after Mark Webber was also released a little to early from the pits and was a little too close to comfort with Felipe Massa in the Ferrari. The stewards fined Caterham 10 000 Euros for the incident whilst Webber got away unpenalised.

Entering the final stages of the race, Narain Karthikeyan spun into the barriers on Lap 30 after a wheel in his recent pitstop was not properly attached sending him into the barriers at Les Combes. Schumacher was still running third significantly behind Sebastian Vettel and race leader Jenson Button. Schumacher was leading a train of cars with Raikkonen, Hülkenberg, Webber and Massa snapping at his heels. Schumacher was much slower on the corners being passed by Raikkonen several times at the Bus Stop Chicane but with the advantage of the double-DRS stormed passed him again at the Kemmel Straight. Finally on lap 34 Raikkonen gets the better of Schumacher for the final time snapping past him at Eau Rouge and then proceeding to pull away. Schumacher and Hülkenberg continued to battle for 4th position. Hülkenberg passed Schumacher a few times but like Raikkonen, Schumacher was able to storm past him at the Kemmel Straight. Schumacher however was struggling and gave up his plight pulling into the pits for new tyres forcing him to drop to seventh. Any hope of him getting back into the fourth place battle was lost when he lost 6th gear and was forced to limp around the track for the rest of the race.

Lap 36, the same lap that Schumacher pitted saw Felipe Massa finally managing to pass Mark Webber for 5th place putting his Ferrari into a relatively strong position. Further down the pack Nico Rosberg in the second Mercedes had put in a good drive to get into 8th position after starting 23rd however like his teammate he was suffering from tyre degradation and was forced to let the two Toro Rosso cars of Jean-Éric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo past and then was soon followed by the Force India of Paul di Resta and therefore dropping out of the points.

At the front Jenson Button had driven a flawless race leading from lights to flag without being challenged at all. His race win had put him back into title contention. Sebastian Vettel finished 2nd in the race after making his two stop strategy work passing numerous cars out on track to finish a strong 2nd place. Kimi Räikkönen whilst quicker than Vettel at the end of the race had lost too much time dueling with Schumacher to put in any serious challenge finishing the race in third. Nico Hülkenberg put in one of his best performances as a race driver to finish in his finishing positon to date with a 4th place finish. He was followed by the resurgent Massa putting in his best performance of the season making the most of Alonso's retirement, then Mark Webber, a disappointing result not being able to maximise the retirements of championship rivals Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton. Then Michael Schumacher, a disappointing result considering his pace and then a double points finish for Toro Rosso, scoring their first points since the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix with Vergne leading Ricciardo. Paul di Resta was the final driver to score points taking the solitary point in 10th place being unable to match his teammates pace throughout the weekend.

Post-Race

Alonso scored his first DNF since the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix, his championship lead reduced to 24 points now leading from Sebastian Vettel who was now 2nd in the drivers championship. Lewis Hamilton's DNF also hurt his championship plight dropping to 5th in the championship standings as Kimi Räikkönen moves ahead of him. Mark Webber was not able to maximise the retirements of Alonso and Hamilton and dropped from 2nd to 3rd in the standings. With his win in Belgium it meant there was hope yet for Jenson Button in the championship however he was still 16 points behind the next highest contender, Lewis Hamilton.

After the race, Romain Grosjean was found guilty of causing the multi-car pile-up at Belgium which saw Fernando Alonso slightly injured. His punishment was a severe one race ban preventing him from racing at the 2012 Italian Grand Prix, the next race on the calender. As Pastor Maldonado was unable to serve his punishment for jumping the start due to him retiring from the race, he sees a 10 place grid penalty for the next race in Italy. The final punishment of the day by the Stewards was when Caterham was given a 10 000 Euro fine after an unsafe release from the pits by Heikki Kovalainen.

Classification

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 3 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 44 1:29:08.530 1 25
2 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 44 +13.624 10 18
3 9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 44 +25.334 3 15
4 12 Germany Nico Hülkenberg India Force India-Mercedes 44 +27.843 11 12
5 6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 44 +29.845 14 10
6 2 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 44 +31.244 12 8
7 7 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes 44 +53.374 13 6
8 17 France Jean-Éric Vergne Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 44 +58.865 15 4
9 16 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 44 +62.982 16 2
10 11 United Kingdom Paul di Resta India Force India-Mercedes 44 +63.783 9 1
11 8 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 44 +65.111 23
12 19 Brazil Bruno Senna United Kingdom Williams-Renault 44 +71.529 17
13 14 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 44 +116.119 2
14 21 Russia Vitaly Petrov Malaysia Caterham-Renault 43 +1 lap 19
15 24 Germany Timo Glock Russia Marussia-Cosworth 43 +1 lap 20
16 25 France Charles Pic Russia Marussia-Cosworth 43 +1 lap 22
17 20 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Caterham-Renault 43 +1 lap 18
18 22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Spain HRT-Cosworth 43 +1 lap 21
Ret 23 India Narain Karthikeyan Spain HRT-Cosworth 30 Wheel/Accident 24
Ret 18 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado United Kingdom Williams-Renault 5 Collision damage 6
Ret 15 Mexico Sergio Pérez Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 0 Collision damage 4
Ret 5 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari 0 Collision 5
Ret 4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 0 Collision 7
Ret 10 France Romain Grosjean United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 0 Collision 8

Milestones

Standings after the race

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 164
2 Germany Sebastian Vettel 140
3 Australia Mark Webber 132
4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 131
5 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 117
6 United Kingdom Jenson Button 101
7 Germany Nico Rosberg 77
8 France Romain Grosjean 76
9 Mexico Sergio Pérez 47
10 Germany Michael Schumacher 35
11 Brazil Felipe Massa 35
12 Japan Kamui Kobayashi 33
13 Germany Nico Hülkenberg 31
14 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado 29
15 United Kingdom Paul di Resta 28
16 Brazil Bruno Senna 24
17 France Jean-Éric Vergne 8
18 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 4
19 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 0
20 Russia Vitaly Petrov 0
21 Germany Timo Glock 0
22 France Charles Pic 0
23 India Narain Karthikeyan 0
24 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 0
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts
1 Austria Red Bull-Renault 272
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 218
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 207
4 Italy Ferrari 199
5 Germany Mercedes 112
6 Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 80
7 India Force India-Mercedes 59
8 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 53
9 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 12
10 Malaysia Caterham-Renault 0
11 Russia Marussia-Cosworth 0
12 Spain HRT-Cosworth 0

Notes

V T E 2012 Formula One Season
Teams Red Bull | McLaren | Ferrari | Mercedes | Lotus | Force India | Sauber | Toro Rosso | Williams | Caterham | HRT | Marussia
Engines Renault | Mercedes | Ferrari | Cosworth
Race Drivers Vettel | 2 Webber | 3 Button | 4 Hamilton | 5 Alonso | 6 Massa | 7 Schumacher | 8 Rosberg | 9 Räikkönen | 10 Grosjean | 10 D'Ambrosio | 11 Di Resta | 12 Hülkenberg | 14 Kobayashi | 15 Pérez | 16 Ricciardo | 17 Vergne | 18 Maldonado | 19 Senna | 20 Kovalainen | 21 Petrov | 22 De la Rosa | 23 Karthikeyan | 24 Glock | 25 Pic
Other Drivers Buemi | Paffett | Turvey | Rigon | Bird | Bianchi | Daly | Gutiérrez | Bottas | Wolff | Van der Garde | Rossi | González | Clos | Luizzi | de Villota | Chilton
Cars RB8 | MP4-27 | F2012 | F1 W03 | E20 | VJM05 | C31 | STR7 | FW34 | CT01 | F112 | MR01
Tyres Pirelli
Races Australia | Malaysia | China | Bahrain | Spain | Monaco | Canada | Europe | Britain | Germany | Hungary | Belgium | Italy | Singapore | Japan | Korea | India | Abu Dhabi | United States | Brazil
Team Reports Red Bull | McLaren | Ferrari | Mercedes | Lotus | Force India | Sauber | Toro Rosso | Williams | Caterham | HRT | Marussia
Driver Reports Vettel | Webber | Button | Hamilton | Alonso | Massa | Schumacher | Rosberg | Räikkönen | Grosjean | di Resta | Hülkenberg | Kobayashi | Pérez | Ricciardo | Vergne | Maldonado | Senna | Kovalainen | Petrov | de la Rosa | Karthikeyan | Karthikeyan | Glock | Pic
Tests Jerez | Barcelona 1 | Barcelona 2 | Mugello | Young Driver
See also 2011 Formula One Season | 2013 Formula One Season | Bahrain GP protests | Category
Belgium Belgian Grand Prix
Circuits Spa-Francorchamps (1950 - 1970, 1983, 1985 - Present), Nivelles (1972, 1974), Zolder (1973, 1975 - 1982, 1984)
Track map of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium
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