Button Dominates Belgian Grand Prix
SPA FRANCHORCHAMPS, Belgium — Jenson Button led every lap of Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix for his second Formula One World Driving Championship triumph of the season.
Driving for McLaren, the Brit charged to victory by more than 13 seconds ahead of two-time defending world champion Sebastian Vettel for Team Red Bull.
It was Button’s first victory since the season opener in Australia.
“This circuit is such a special circuit for drivers,” said Button after his first Spa victory. “The way that it flows and the history here, to get a victory here from lights to flag is a very special weekend. It hasn’t been an easy year for me.”
“It was a crazy race,” said Vettel. “The start was not so good. After a lot of cars went off in the first corner it was pretty crazy. We came up with the right strategy and the car was quite good in the race.”
Kimi Raikkonen was third for Lotus with Force India’s Nico Hulkenburg and Mark Webber, in the second Red Bull, rounding out the top five.
A wild multi-car accident on the opening lap eliminated point leader Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean among others.
Alonso retained the championship lead by 24 points over Vettel.