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2012 Belgian Grand Prix Race Analysis

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P1: Race winner Jenson Button took his 14th F1 career victory and second top podium in the 2012 F1 season. First victory in opening race at Australia and second one in last Sunday race at Belgian. Now he is sixth position in drivers championship 63 points behind the leader Fernando Alonso and 16 points behind his team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

P2: Youngest double world champion Red Bull racing’s Sebastian Vettel earned maximum in the Belgian Grand Prix, second on the podium is the best results at Spa. Defending champion starts from 10th on the grid, four front runner’s retirement helped the Red Bull man second place. The German moved ahead of his team-mate Mark Webber into second place in the drivers’ title and also 24 points behind the Fernando Alonso.

P3: Kimi Raikkonen still finds the top podium for 2012 Formula 1 season, the Finn finished in second on the Belgian GP and it was his fourth podium in recent five races. The double world champion now in fourth in the driver championship just one points behind the Red Bull’s Mark Webber.

P4: Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg made his best F1 career victory, and it’s lifted Force India ahead of Williams in the constructors’ championship. The German started from 12th on the grid. Now he is 13th in the drivers’ championship three points ahead of his team-mate Paul di Resta.

P5: Felipe Massa took his one of the best results in 2012 F1, the Brazilian start from 14th on the grid and finished fifth in the stunning Spa for Belgian GP. Now he is in 11th on the drivers’ championship, level points with Michael Schumacher.

P6 – P7: Red Bull’s Mark Webber set sixth place in the Spa from 12th on the grid. The Australian currently third in the drivers’ championship eight points behind the Sebastian Vettel and 32 points behind the leader Fernando Alonso. Michael Schumacher took seventh place in his 300th Grand Prix at Spa. But lost sixth gear and then had to make a ‘Plan B’ second pit stop following tiring out his rubber trying to keep in the fight for fourth place.

P8 – P9: The Toro Rosso duo Vergne and Ricciardo made eighth and ninth place respectively. The Italian F1 squad returned to the points for the first time since Malaysia back in April.

P10: The second Force India guys Paul Di Resta suffered a KERS failure before the race, this problem much broken his race finally he set tenth with valuable single points.

P11 – P12: Mercedes GP’s Nico Rosberg took 11th place he started 23rd following a grid penalty and gearbox problems in qualifying. Williams Bruno Senna finished with 12th place; the Brazilian is credited with race fastest lap.

P13 – P14: Kamui Kobayashi struggled with his car’s break heating problem in early on the race. The Japanese speedy start a race from the front row but his brakes were smoking deeply before the lights went out and finally he took 13th place.

P15 – P16: Marussia’s Single stop strategy man Timo Glock set 15th place and he crashed with William’s Pastor Maldonado in first phase of the race. His team-mate Charles Pic done 16th place with two-stop strategy. The both are finished their main rival Caterham.

P17 – P18: Caterham speedy Heikki Kovalainen took 17th place and also he fined 10,000 Euros for the unsafe pit-lane release. HRT’s De la Rosa done 18th place and he fight with new front wing after the first lap.

Retired guys: HRT’s Narain Karthikeyan escapes from the pit-lane attack by Kovalainen and in lap 30 he was crashed into wall due to wheel nut loos. Lewis Hamilton was terminated by Grosjean’s unwanted move in the first-corner fight. Romain Grosjean’s attacks affected other three innocent drivers Alonso, Hamilton, and Perez they also retired from the race. following the race the Lotus guy earned himself a one-race ban and a 50,000 euro fine.

Belgian GP Lap by Lap chart

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