Big crash at 2012 Belgian grand prix - RESULTS [video]

Jenson Button dominated the Belgian grand prix from pole, but Sebastian Vettel had an equally-big smile at Spa-Francorchamps. Despite a poor qualifying, reigning champion Vettel's impressive run to ...

Jenson Button dominated the Belgian grand prix from pole, but Sebastian Vettel had an equally-big smile at Spa-Francorchamps.

Despite a poor qualifying, reigning champion Vettel's impressive run to second place on Sunday carved a huge chunk out of Fernando Alonso's championship lead.

After finishing every race of the season until now in the points, Ferrari's Spaniard Alonso was wiped out in a terrifying first corner crash caused by Romain Grosjean, which also claimed Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez.

"I wouldn't want to print the words I was thinking at the time," McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh told BBC One.

"Grosjean just kept coming, for Lewis and the others, it was a shame for all of them and us as race fans. It is not my business to say if a penalty should be awarded.

"If there's one positive," Whitmarsh continued, "it's that Lewis' main championship rival (Alonso) was taken out in the same crash."

But it is German Vettel who leaps teammate Mark Webber in the drivers' chase to become Alonso's closest challenger now, with the gap to the leading Ferrari shrinking from 42 to 24 points with eight races to go.

And following the early-week calls for Button to accept a 'number 2' role to back up his teammate Hamilton, the 2009 world champion has cut his big gap to Alonso from 88 to 63.

"It has not been an easy year for me," Button told Belgian legend Jacky Ickx on the podium. "We are going to enjoy this before we head to Monza and hopefully do the same."

Pos

No

Driver

Team

Laps

Time/Retired

Grid

Pts

1

3

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

44

1:29:08.530

1

25

2

1

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing-Renault

44

+13.6 secs

10

18

3

9

Kimi Räikkönen

Lotus-Renault

44

+25.3 secs

3

15

4

12

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India-Mercedes

44

+27.8 secs

11

12

5

6

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

44

+29.8 secs

14

10

6

2

Mark Webber

Red Bull Racing-Renault

44

+31.2 secs

12

8

7

7

Michael Schumacher

Mercedes

44

+53.3 secs

13

6

8

17

Jean-Eric Vergne

STR-Ferrari

44

+58.8 secs

15

4

9

16

Daniel Ricciardo

STR-Ferrari

44

+62.9 secs

16

2

10

11

Paul di Resta

Force India-Mercedes

44

+63.7 secs

9

1

11

8

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

44

+65.1 secs

23

 

12

19

Bruno Senna

Williams-Renault

44

+71.5 secs

17

 

13

14

Kamui Kobayashi

Sauber-Ferrari

43

+1 Lap

2

 

14

21

Vitaly Petrov

Caterham-Renault

43

+1 Lap

19

 

15

24

Timo Glock

Marussia-Cosworth

43

+1 Lap

20

 

16

25

Charles Pic

Marussia-Cosworth

43

+1 Lap

22

 

17

20

Heikki Kovalainen

Caterham-Renault

43

+1 Lap

18

 

18

22

Pedro de la Rosa

HRT-Cosworth

43

+1 Lap

21

 

Ret

23

Narain Karthikeyan

HRT-Cosworth

29

Accident

24

 

Ret

18

Pastor Maldonado

Williams-Renault

4

Accident

6

 

Ret

15

Sergio Perez

Sauber-Ferrari

0

Accident

4

 

Ret

5

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

0

Accident

5

 

Ret

4

Lewis Hamilton

McLaren-Mercedes

0

Accident

7

 

Ret

10

Romain Grosjean

Lotus-Renault

0

Accident

8

 

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