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GP Week : Issue 165
McLaren’s Jenson Button turned a dominant pole position into an equally crushing victory at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit on Sunday as he cruised to a 13-second triumph over reigning champion Sebastian Vettel. Button was never headed during the 44-lap race and looked always in control as he turned his very first McLaren pole into his seventh win with the team. A clean getaway allowed Button to keep the lead into Turn 1 while simultaneously avoiding the pile-up that was developing behind. Once the debris had been cleared and the safety car pitted, the 2009 champion was able to open and continue to grow his lead from Raikkonen and then Hulkenberg. Even more impressive however was his ability to get his tyres to last sufficiently to execute a one-stop strategy, matched only by Vettel who was the only other one-stopper to score points. Button was surprised at the ease of which the race panned out, with all teams having gone into Sunday without any firm long-run data due to Friday’s torrential rain. “Turn 1 looked pretty crazy – in my mirrors, I could see cars all over the place. For me, it was all pretty straightfor ward though,” he began. “Having said that, without having been able to gather long-run testing data from Friday, it initially looked like it was going to be a hard race to call. In fact, as things panned out, it was the opposite. “It was unusual to be able to run a one-stop strategy. We got to Lap 12 and the team asked me how the car was feeling; I told them that the balance was getting better and better, so we were able to get to Lap 20 before pitting. We need to score big points in both world championships – and today was exactly what we required.” Button has now closed to just 16 points behind team-mate Hamilton but lies 63 points behind leader Alonso with just 175 points left to play for. UNTOUCHABLE BUTTON TAKES SECOND WIN OF 2012 27 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> SPA 27 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: