|2012 Belgian Grand Prix|
|Race 12 of 20 in the 2012 Formula One World Championship|
Layout of the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
|Date||2 September 2012|
|Official name||2012 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix|
|Location||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||7.004 km (4.352 mi)|
|Distance||44 laps, 308.052 km (191.415 mi)|
Track Temp 33 °C (91 °F)
|Time||1:52.822 on lap 43|
The 2012 Belgian Grand Prix (formally the 2012 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race that took place at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium on 2 September 2012, the first race after a five-week summer break. It was the twelfth race of the 2012 season, and the seventy-seventh running of the Belgian Grand Prix.
This was the 300th race for Michael Schumacher.
Tyre supplier Pirelli brought its silver-banded hard compound tyre as the harder "prime" tyre and the white-banded medium compound tyre as the softer "option" tyre.
The first free practice session began in wet conditions. Kamui Kobayashi ended the session fastest, having chosen to stay out early while other drivers pitted to begin work on their car setup. Ferrari's Felipe Massa failed to set a lap time when his car ground to a halt as he was about to enter the pits at the end of the installation lap. The second practice session saw even more rain fall, and large puddles of standing water on the circuit made running impractical. Only a handful of drivers set lap times, with Marussia's Charles Pic finishing the session fastest. The third and final session on Saturday morning was dry, allowing teams just one hour to complete as much of their testing programmes as possible ahead of qualifying and the race. Fernando Alonso went on to finish the session fastest.
Pastor Maldonado let his clutch slip a fraction too soon and started his race before the lights had gone out, passing the Saubers. Grosjean made a good start and moved up to the inside of La Source, but in doing so, squeezed Hamilton between himself and the pitwall. The two touched wheels, both drivers losing control. Grosjean then speared into the back of Pérez and became airborne, crashing heavily into Alonso, missing Alonso's head by a few inches. Grosjean came to rest at the outside wall. Hamilton crashed into Kobayashi as well as Alonso after Grosjean's heavy impact. Pérez lost his rear wing from Grosjean's hit and touched Maldonado when the accident happened, making Maldonado spin. Only the latter two emerged from the crash, Kobayashi with a substantial hole in the side of his car. Kobayashi who had started on the front row for Sauber, pitted after the accident and resumed in last place.
Once Maldonado recovered from his spin he hit Timo Glock after the safety car restart. Narain Karthikeyan's HRT spun off backwards and hit into the tyre wall late in the race after a wheel came loose. After starting the race in 14th, Felipe Massa fought hard to get the fifth place, ahead of Red Bull's Mark Webber. Bruno Senna had eighth position secured but due to a slow puncture he had to make a pitstop with only four laps left in the race, dropping him to 12th.
Button, who started on pole, was never under threat as Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel fought from 10th to 2nd, ahead of Lotus's Kimi Räikkönen.
Romain Grosjean was fined EUR50,000 and was given a one-race ban at the Italian Grand Prix for his role in the crash at the start.
Pastor Maldonado was given two five-place grid penalties at the Italian Grand Prix, the first of which was for his jump start and the second for causing an avoidable collision with Glock.
|Pos.||No.||Driver||Constructor||Part 1||Part 2||Part 3||Grid|
|7||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1:49.859||1:48.546||1:48.392||122|
|10||11||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1:50.033||1:48.729||1:48.890||9|
|11||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1:49.722||1:48.792||10|
|12||12||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||1:49.362||1:48.855||11|
|15||17||Jean-Éric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:49.763||1:49.354||15|
|16||16||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:49.572||1:49.543||16|
|22||22||Pedro de la Rosa||HRT-Cosworth||1:53.030||21|
|107% time: 1:56.622|
|2||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||44||+13.624||10||18|
|4||12||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||44||+27.843||11||12|
|6||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||44||+31.244||12||8|
|8||17||Jean-Éric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||44||+58.865||15||4|
|9||16||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||44||+1:02.982||16||2|
|10||11||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||44||+1:03.783||9||1|
|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||18||Pastor Maldonado||Williams-Renault||5||Collision damage||6|
|Ret||15||Sergio Pérez||Sauber-Ferrari||0||Collision damage||4|
Drivers' Championship standings
Constructors' Championship standings