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  • Well done to Button, but the best part of the race was no doubt on the opening lap when Grosjean took out three drivers. Thank you for your company and do join us again next week for the Italian GP, the last race in Europe for 2012.

  • Daddy Button is drapped in the Union Jack. Vettel finish second with Raikkonen third and Hulkenberg fourth. They are followed home by Massa, Webber, Schumacher, Vergne, Ricciardo and Di Resta.

  • Button takes the chequered flag after a quite superb drive from the McLaren driver. It's his first win in Belgium. He was flawless this afternoon, no doubt helped by the carnage that happened behind him.

  • Raikkonen is urged to pick up the pace. Not sure why as he has a nice three-second lead over Hulkenberg. Button eases his way around the track as he closes in on his second win of the season.

    Lap 44
  • Only 18 runners left in this race with Alonso, Hamilton, Grosjean, Perez, Maldonado and Karthikeyan all retiring.

    Lap 43
  • This is the order with only a few laps to go: Button, Vettel, Raikkonen, Hulkenberg, Massa, Webber, Schumacher, Vergne, Ricciardo and Di Resta. Schumacher, meanwhile, tells his engineer he has lost sixth gear.

    Lap 42
  • Vergne moves ahead of Senna with Ricciardo and Di Resta also ready to have a look. This is the battle for the final point of the grand prix. Ricciardo also gets past the Williams of Senna. The Brazilian is forced to pit again and he will drop down the order and out of the points.

    Lap 41
  • Vergne attacks Senna as he looks to move up to P8, but the Brazilian has proved to be good on the defence today. Senna, though, looks like his struggling with his tyres. Massa and Webber, meanwhile, make their way through the traffic.

    Lap 40
  • Button is still enjoying a 14-second lead over Vettel at the front of the grid. He is looking good for his second race win of the 2012 campaign.

    Lap 39
  • Rosberg, who was in P9, loses two places in the space of a few seconds. He goes wide and allows Vergne and Ricciardo to get ahead of him. He moves into the pits soon after.

    Lap 38
  • Hulkenberg is back for more and Schumacher doesn't really put up a fight as it is close to the pitlane entry. He ducks in for his second stop and comes out in P7. Massa meanwhile overtakes Webber for fifth place.

    Lap 37
  • Hulkenberg goes on the outside of Schumacher and this time he holds on. Schumacher hits back immediately though, but he had the aid of DRS this time. Schumacher is told that they have moved to 'Plan B', which is probably a two-stopper.

    Lap 36
  • Lock-up from Schumacher, but Raikkonen can't get past. Spoke too soon as Raikkonen goes past at Eau Rouge. Hulkenberg is close enough to have a look as well, but Schumacher holds firm. Webber has also joined the battle for third place.

    Lap 35
  • Button, who is on a one-stopper remember, is 14 seconds ahead of Vettel, who is likely to stop again. The Red Bull driver, though, has a 14s lead over Schumacher. The battle between Schumacher, Raikkonen and Hulkenberg continues

    Lap 34
  • What a comeback from Schumacher as he gets back in front of Raikkonen. The Finn is a sitting duck when it comes to the high-speed corners at the moment. Hulkenberg is now having a look at Raikkonen.

    Lap 33
  • Webber will be investigated for an unsafe release following an earlier pit stop. Meanwhile, Karthikeyan loses the back of his car and spins into the barriers. At the front of the grid, Raikkonen finally has a look at Schumacher and he makes it stick. That was a solid pass from the Finn. Hulkenberg is now also having a look at Schumacher.

    Lap 32
  • Raikkonen is putting a lot pressure on Schumacher. He is less than one second behind and will soon be moving into the DRS zone. A lock-up from the Lotus driver puts paid to an attempted take-over, but surely not for long.

    Lap 32
  • A look at the back of the grid, Kovalainen is the last man on the track in P19. He has De La Rosa, Karthikeyan and Glock just in front of him. Webber sets a new fastset lap of 1:54.220.

    Lap 31
  • Senna goes on the outside of Massa and he moves up to P9. Raikkonen pits for a second time. Rejoins in fourth place, behind Schumacher. Massa, who is on a fresher set of tyres, retakes P8 from his Brazilian compatriot Senna.

    Lap 30
  • Raikkonen is asked to save 10 per cent KERS each lap. Di Resta pits from 11th place and stays on the harder tyres. Webber and Hulkenberg are in the pits at teh same time. The Force India driver rejoins in P6 with Webber a further place behind.

    Lap 29
  • Webber is told that Raikkonen and Hulkenberg are likely to stop again while Button is on a one-stopper. Perez, who crashed out during the first-lap incident, says everyone paid for the mistake of one driver.

    Lap 28
  • Button must be very lonely out in the front at the moment. He has a 10-second lead over Raikkonen while Hulkenberg is a further three seconds behind.

    Lap 27
  • Massa is told his lap times are still competitive. He is down in sixth place and lapping in the 1:56.200s. Kobayashi makes his third visti to the pits but he stays on the harder compound.

    Lap 26
  • Schumacher is under investigation for his pit lane entry during his battle with Vettel.

    Lap 25
  • Senna moves past Paul di Resta in 10th place with ease. To be fair to the Force India driver, it was in the DRS zone. Schumacher finally moves past Ricciardo.

    Lap 24
  • Button puts his foot down and sets a new fastest lap of 1:54.917. Those new tyres are working. He is told that 'Plan A is good'. Schumacher has a go at Ricciardo, but the Toro Rosso driver holds firm.

    Lap 23
  • Red Bull's pit crew are out and Vettel comes in for a switch to harder tyres. This is likely to be his only stop of the afternoon. He rejoins in sixth place, but Ricciardo and Schumacher are right on his tail.

    Lap 23
  • Vergne moves ahead of Paul di Resta with ease. Senna also decides to have a look, but he doesn't get close enough.

    Lap 23
  • That was very naughty from Schumacher. Vettel went sliding after the Mercedes ducked into the pits. The McLaren pit crew are out and Button comes in. They swap to the harder compound and he rejoins comfortably in P1. Rosberg is also into the pits. He's had a nightmare afternoon so far.

    Lap 22
  • Vettel has managed to move right up behind Schumacher. The two-time Champion has a look by attempting to go on the outside, but Schumacher suddenly ducks into the pits and he nearly takes the Red Bull out in the process.

    Lap 21
  • Hulkenberg is told he needs to do another eight laps on the current set of tyres before he comes in again. The German is sitting pretty in fifth and he is three seconds behind Raikkonen and four seconds ahead of Webber.

    Lap 20
  • Button is told everything is going according to plan at the moment. He has a 13second lead over Schumacher at the moment. Rosberg's slide down the grid continues as Massa is the latest to overtake him.

    Lap 19
  • Webber moves into seventh place as he passes Ricciardo. Meanwhile, no surprise to see Kovalainen is under investigation following his unsafe release from the pits a few laps ago.

    Lap 18
  • It is Ricciardo's time to have a look at Rosberg now. It's an easy pass for the Australian on Rosberg. Webber is next to overtake Rosberg. Senna pits from sixth place and he rejoins in P12.

    Lap 18
  • Hulkenberg tries to go on the outside of Rosberg, but the Mercedes driver holds firm. Well, not for long as a slight mistake from Rosberg sees him move into P7. An unsafe release from Caterham for Kovalainen and he makes contact with an HRT.

    Lap 17
  • Vettel moves into third place after going past Vergne. He is yet to stop though. Raikkonen, meanwhile, has passed Rosberg in the DRS zone. He is now in sixth place.

    Lap 16
  • Raikkonen puts in a new fastest lap of 1:55.872. His team-mate Grosjean, the man who caused that massive incident on the first lap, says he is yet to see replays of the incident. He feels he had a good start and that was followed by a 'big boom'.

    Lap 15
  • Vettel finally makes it stick as he moves ahead of Senna. He goes on the outside and although the Williams driver fights back, Vettel hangs on. Meanwhile Hulkenberg pits, which means Schumacher is now up to second place. Force India have decided to put on another set of harder tyres.

    Lap 15
  • Back at the front, Button has built a 7.7s lead over Hulkenberg, who in turn is two seconds ahead of Schumacher.

    Lap 14
  • Vettel continues to put pressure on Senna, but the Brazilian is not giving way easily. Massa makes his first visit to the pits. Ricciardo and Petrov have also pitted.

    Lap 13
  • Raikkonen and Webber pit and they change to the harder tyres. The Lotus driver rejoins in P10 with Webber out in P13.

    Lap 13
  • Oh Schumi! The seven-time World Champion goes on the outside of Raikkonen in the DRS zone and he makes it stick. He is up to P3. Hopefully there won't be any heartbreak for him today.

    Lap 12
  • Vettel spots a gap, but he falls into the same trap as Webber did a couple of laps ago. He goes right alongside Senna, but the Williams driver moves away.

    Lap 12
  • Vettel has taken over from team-mate Webber as the man harassing Senna. Di Resta makes a visit to the pits and switches to the harder compound.

    Lap 12
  • Ricciardo has managed to get past Di Resta in fifth place. What a weekened this could be for Toro Rosso. They have struggled so far this season.

    Lap 11
  • Vettel hints that he will be two-stopping after telling the team that if they want to stop him now, they can if it means he will come out in clear air. Forget about pit stops, Vettel sees a gap on track and he goes on the outside of his Red Bull team-mate to move into P9.

    Lap 11
  • Button has opened up a five-second lead over Hulkenberg. Di Resta is under all sorts of pressure from Daniel Ricciardo.

    Lap 10
  • Kobayashi is back in the pits for more repair work. Webber tries to go on the outside of Senna, but the Williams driver puts his foot down and holds on. He has another look a few hundred metres down the track and again Senna holds on.

    Lap 9
  • Schumacher is told that Raikkonen seems to be struggling with front-locking problems. Vettel is finally close enough to have a look at Massa. This time the Red Bull driver makes no mistake and he is into the points.

    Lap 8
  • DRS has been enabled, that should give Vettel more ammunition to finally get past Massa. He has had a couple of looks now, but yet to make it stick. Replays showing Kovalainen losing the back of his car and losing three places in the process.

    Lap 7
  • Maldonado, whose race is over, is under investigation for that jump start earlier. The first-lap incident which led to the chaotic start will be investigated after the race. Back to the live action, Schumacher gets past Di Resta and moves into P4.

    Lap 7
  • Here's the top 10 for you, Button, Hulkenberg, Raikkonen, Di Resta, Schumacher, Ricciardo, Vergne, Senna, Webber, Massa. Vettel is P11 and putting pressure on the Ferrari driver in P10.

    Lap 6
  • It's a good restart from Button but Nico Hulkenberg manages to get past Raikkonen in P2. Meanwhile Maldonado's car is off the track with damage to the front wing. No one is quite sure what happened to Raikkonen.

    Lap 6
  • Jenson Button, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel look like they will be the big beneficiaries today.

    Lap 6
  • The safety car will come in at the end of this lap.

    Lap 5
  • More replays of that crash shows Hamilton pointing to his head a couple of times as he walks over to Grosjean. The two has a quick discussion before Hamilton heads over to Alonso to see if he is okay.

    Lap 5
  • Sergio Perez, who was also involved in that incident, has also made his way back to the garage. His team-mate Kobayashi managed to drive through the debris, but he is in last place after being forced to pit. How quickly Sauber's fortunes have turned around. You have to feel for them.

    Lap 4
  • The safety car is still out, but replays of that incident is quite amazing. Grosjean trigged it and you have to be thankful that no one was seriously injured during it.

    Lap 3
  • Back to the first corner incident. Grosjean moved across Hamilton and then it all kicked off with Grosjean flying over the Ferrari, the McLaren and the Sauber cars.

    Lap 2
  • Let's just give you a breakdown of what is actually happening at the front of the grid. Button leads from Raikkonen, Hulkenberg, Di Resta and Schumacher (yes, Schumacher).

    Lap 2
  • Hamilton walks back to the garage with a piece of his car - is that the rear wing or his telemetry paper in his hand? Nicole looks devastated... we know you like to hear about these things.

    Lap 2
  • Raikkonen's car went flying over the top of Alonso and the Spaniard stays in his car for quite a few minutes. Hamilton walks over to him, but he looks okay. The doctors are on the scene, but the Ferrari driver walks away okay.

    Lap 1
  • What are start!!!!!! Pastor Maldonado looks like he jump starts as he shoots through the middle. Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso all involved in a massive, massive shunt. The safety car has been deployed.

  • Problems already for Kobayahsi as his breaks are smoking. Monisha has her hands in her head.

  • Kimi Raikkonen is told that everyone is on option tyres except Nico Hulkenberg and Nico Rosberg. Also, half the field is starting on old tyres, instead of fresh rubber.

  • Jenson Button takes the drivers around the track for the formation lap. For you Schumacher fans, yes the Mercedes driver is on the grid.

  • We hope you have woken up from your summer/winter (delete where appropriate) slumbers and ready for the second half of the 2012 Formula One season. Strap in and get ready for the Belgian GP.

  • The drivers are in the cars and getting some final instructions from their mechanics and engineers.

  • Alonso has been quite downbeat about Ferrari's chances this weekend, but then again the Spaniard is always downbeat about their chances. Always insisting they don't have the best car on the grid, etc. He really likes to play the underdog card, doesn't he.

  • Back to Schumacher. Maybe Bernie Ecclestone has let the cat out of the bag. Interesting stuff from the F1 supremo on BBC One. When asked about Michael Schumacher's F1 career he replied: "I'm sorry that he's leaving us not being a winner, because he is a winner." When Eddie Jordan asked: "Is he going to announce his retirement?" Ecclestone backtracked: "I don't know, I don't know."

  • Meanwhile over at McLaren, Lewis Hamilton is causing all sorts of drama in Twitterverse. The Brit complained about the wing change following qualifying yesterday, but the tweet was removed later in the evening. Then this morning he posted the telemetry of yesterday's qualifying and it disappeared a few hours later. Mmmm.

  • Spare a thought for Michael Schumacher ahead of his 300th grand prix. The seven-time World Champion qualified 13th on the grid, but they have found a problem with his engine this morning and the mechanics are now in a fight against time to get him ready in time for the race. Looks like he might be forced to start from the pitlane.

  • Lewis Hamilton, Romain Grosjean, Paul di Resta and Sebastian Vettel complete the top ten after a gearbox change penalty dropped Mark Webber down to P12.

  • Kamui Kobayashi will line up alongside Button having achieved his first-ever front row grid slot while row two belongs to Kimi Raikkonen and Sergio Perez after Pastor Maldonado dropped from third to sixth for impeding Nico Hulkenberg in qualifying. Fernando Alonso is fifth.

  • Jenson Button is starting today's 44 lap Belgian Grand Prix from pole position - his first qualifying P1 since his Championship-winning season back in 2009!

  • Formula One is in Belgium this weekend for the 2012 Belgian GP, round 12 of the World Championship. All times are local.