Jenson Button, McLaren, Spa-Francorchamps, 2012

2012 Belgian Grand Prix grid

2012 Belgian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Row 1 1. Jenson Button 1’47.573
2. Kamui Kobayashi 1’47.871
Row 2 3. Kimi Raikkonen 1’48.205
4. Sergio Perez 1’48.219
Row 3 5. Fernando Alonso 1’48.313
6. Pastor Maldonado* 1’47.893
Row 4 7. Lewis Hamilton 1’48.394
8. Romain Grosjean 1’48.538
Row 5 9. Paul di Resta 1’48.89
Force India
10. Sebastian Vettel 1’48.792
Red Bull
Row 6 11. Nico Hulkenberg 1’48.855
Force India
12. Mark Webber** 1’48.392
Red Bull
Row 7 13. Michael Schumacher 1’49.081
14. Felipe Massa 1’49.147
Row 8 15. Jean-Eric Vergne 1’49.354
Toro Rosso
16. Daniel Ricciardo 1’49.543
Toro Rosso
Row 9 17. Bruno Senna 1’50.088
18. Heikki Kovalainen 1’51.739
Row 10 19. Vitaly Petrov 1’51.967
20. Timo Glock 1’52.336
Row 11 21. Pedro de la Rosa 1’53.03
22. Charles Pic 1’53.493
Row 12 23. Nico Rosberg** 1’50.181
24. Narain Karthikeyan 1’54.989

*Three-place penalty for impeding Nico Hulkenberg
**Five-place penalty for gearbox change

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  1. “Raikkonen will get pole!” they said. “He’s the master of Spa!” they said.

    1. I’d wait until after the race if I were you…

      1. * was! Could swear I typed it correctly.

        1. you spelled it right the first time

          1. I think the real confusion on when to use the subjunctive or past simple really a question of intent. If it’s something hoped or wished for then use the subjunctive: If I were you I’d be the King of England. Past simple: If I was you I’d give up on being the King of England. Postreader’s comment makes me think of the latter, but there is no way to know without brutal interrogation of his tender fleshy parts! Hence, both work for me.

        2. It’s a common error in spoken as well as written English. It’s because the verb “to be” is between I and you. . “Were” is the correct conjugation for “you” when asking a question. When you add “if” in your sentence it becomes a bit of a question, so it’s a natural mistake and it’s one mistake that most will never notice. So no worries!

          1. If I was you is correct even though most use the subjunctive form “were” Was just doesn’t sound right. But that’s English!

          2. Thanks for those infos! English is not my native language, but i had learned in school that ‘if i was’ is a common mistake and that it should be ‘if i were’ instead. and yes, it does sound better!

    2. “And his teamamte will outqualify him”,you said…really PM,how could you expect him to get pole in a car thats clearly slower than the McLaren??

    3. I think its actually just the media’s fault, always building too much of a hype around Lotus before every race. Also, the idea that a driver is a master or non master of any circuit right now is sadly completely irrelevant, they can only be as good as their car is – or actually, as good as the setup and your rear wing is lol -> Button 8 tenths faster than Hamilton.

      1. @andrewf1 – That’s precisely why I don’t read Autosport anymore. Ever since Lotus started sponsoring the Autosport International Show, they’ve run an inordinate number of pro-Lotus stories and often make headline news out of Lotus-related items that most other news sources don’t even bother with.

    4. If i remember correctly he won Spa from grid pos 10 one year?

      1. @Sammo Yes, that was in 2004, and in an uncompetitive car. He also won from 6th in 2009 while driving a truck of a Ferrari.

      2. It makes no difference what he did in other years or which position he’s won from, what always matters is the car you have at hand.

        1. Yes, it does…BUT the cars don’t drive themselves. Clearly KR is comfy at Spa, and that counts for a lot. And then there is always the stratagem.

    5. Only one of Raikkonen’s wins at Spa was from pole.

    6. Why would he have to wait until after the race to debunk that Raikkonen would be on pole?

      1. @necrodethmortem I was refering to him debunking Raikkonen being the “Master of Spa”.

        1. Even with 4 wins out of 6, he still would be the “Master of Spa”, so there’s nothing to debunk there.

    7. They did went for the high downforce package and they are the highest of the ones with that strategy, anyway i wanted to write that first!

  2. Pastor-Perez-Hamilton line astern?? Ye Gods this can only end well :) ! Not to mention Kamui in there as well. You might as well play The Ride of the Valkyries at the start.

  3. I agree. After all the hype, I thought the lotus were going to be on pole. Unfortunately they were unable to do so and it is becoming the norm. Even though, they didn’t live up to the hyped , I reckon the lotus team to be a contender for the win since they along with the Ferraris always have better race pace that the likes of mclaren, Williams or even the Saubers.

  4. Karthikeyan nearly 2 seconds off of de la Rosa….he’s just not good enough.

    1. Todd (@braketurnaccelerate)
      1st September 2012, 19:56

      No, but his money surely is.

      1. Rupees all over the place.

  5. Almost perfect for Alonso with his main title rivals behind him. Could he extend his lead yet again while not even finishing on the podium. Amazing run of form for him thus far!

  6. Maldonado penalty again, well he will be one dangerous driver tomorrow !
    For Alonso this grid end up as good as Pole !

  7. Sad to see another shocker from Senna, and also the Caterhams are nowhere.

    1. Shocker? For who?

      Seriously…we all knew somewhere deep inside Hungaroring was a one-off performance. He’s just back to his old slow self now. No shocker. :)

      1. At Hungary Senna disappointed as well that Williams has enough quality to be up top every race, we are talking about a driver that was beaten by Chandok, for Christ sake.

  8. I look at that grid and the first though in my mind is “MASSIVE CRASH!” like in 09 with Romain, Lewis and Button and some more guys, the guys that opted for high down wings are going to suffer so much right a the start it will bunch it up in one gigantic crash. You read this first here at 11:24pm

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