Belgian Grand Prix start crash (Video)

Jenson Button faces a threat to his championship lead after being eliminated in a crash at the start of the Belgian Grand Prix.

Button’s race ended in the barriers at Les Combes along with Lewis Hamilton, Romain Grosjean and Jaime Alguersuari.

The crash was triggered by contact between Grosjean and Button, which tipped the Brawn driver into a spin.

As they headed for the barriers, Hamilton backed off to avoid the mayhem and was hit by Alguersuari.

Button rued afterwards that his poor qualifying position – 14th – left him vulnerable to this kind of accident. It ends his run of scoring points in every race this year, and the full cost to his championship lead will be counted at the end of the race.

The stewards announced they will investigate the crash after the Grand Prix. Do you think anyone should be penalised? Or was it just a racing incident?

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39 comments on Belgian Grand Prix start crash (Video)


    Look at Kimi Actions:) This is for sure a deliberate action from him and Ferrari (Badoer did the same but gain no advantage)

  2. Salty said on 31st August 2009, 0:59

    Keep on looking, but still can’t quite figure why Alguersuari ran so wide into Hamilton. Cold tires mayhap? Certainly can’t blame marbles on lap 1. Goofy rookie move I guess, but looked unnecessary as both had cleared the Grosjean/Button mess. Shame really. Was looking forward to Lewis here this weekend.

  3. Harv's said on 31st August 2009, 2:06

    Can any one tell me what the difference between raikonen’s start and hamiltons cutting the chicane last year was?

    they both used the run off’s hamilton gained an advantage and so did raikonen.

    i think raikonen had planned that move because he knew that there would be problems into la source. if you watch his speed into the corner he is treating it as a heigher speed corner and makes no attempt to get back on track a.s.a.p

  4. racingtier said on 31st August 2009, 2:33

    cutting a chicane gives you a lot more advantages than runnning wide outside on a corner at a dirty pavement. nevertheless it was allowed to run wide on la source.

    hamilton did in 2007 the same move that kimi did. without penalty. hamilton also didnt returned a.s.a.p.
    both waited till the astroturf is over.

  5. too optimistic said on 31st August 2009, 9:28

    i think Button was too optimistic
    trying to get to the inside of that turn
    after failing to pass Kovalainen from the outside.
    he should at least think there are cars behind Kovalainen.

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