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Button takes lights to flag victory in Belgium // Jenson heads the field as a crash limits his contenders

Published by Christine Blachford

Button takes lights to flag victory in Belgium
Credit: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

This is F1Minute - Button takes lights to flag victory in Belgium.

The sun remained shining over Spa as the lights went out for the first lap of the Belgian Grand Prix. Jenson Button led the way, and found himself clear of a significant crash into the first corner. Romain Grosjean cut in front of Lewis Hamilton, and in the ensuing collision, both Fernando Alonso and Sergio Pérez were also taken out - all four retiring on that first lap. Kamui Kobayashi was also involved, but he managed to continue the race, albeit at the back of the grid rather than at the front.

Elsewhere, Pastor Maldonado retired on the fifth lap, after a separate collision, whilst the other retiree was Narain Karthikeyan, who came out of a pit stop with a loose wheel and lost control into the barriers.

At the front, there were plenty of overtaking moves to try and scrabble into the points. Button led throughout, but Sebastian Vettel made up a heap of places to finish second - the pair joined on the podium by Kimi Räikkönen. All four Toro Rosso and Force India drivers also finished in the points, a good day for the midfield teams.