Jenson Button took a flawless victory for McLaren Mercedes in the Belgian Grand Prix this afternoon in Spa-Francorchamps, leading from start to the finish. Teammate Lewis Hamilton's race did not go beyond the first corner as he was involved in a pile-up which took out four cars.
Button got the run to Turn 1 at the start without hassle as second-placed Kamui Kobayashi in the Sauber had a slow getaway. The collision at the La Source hairpin behind him brought out the safety car as the marshals began work to clear out the debris strewn on track. The pace car came in at the end of Lap 5 and Button immediately put down the hammer to open up a 2.8 s gap over second placed Nico Hulkenberg of Force India. As the German held up the field, Button gradually upped his advantage to a comfortable margin of 6.3 seconds by lap 9.