Posted September 01, 2012 on
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British driver Jenson Button will start Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix in pole position after finishing fastest in Saturday's qualifying.
Button, who won the season's opening GP in Australia, overcame balance problems in his McLaren to grab his first pole of the season. Defending champion Sebastian Vettel was 11th.
Kamui Kobayashi of Japan and Pastor Maldonado of Venezuela finished second and third, respectively.
Vettel is trying to catch championship leader Fernando Alonso. His Red Bull teammate Mark Webber will start the race with a five-place grid penalty.
Alonso was sixth in qualifying behind Sergio Perez and Kimi Raikkonen.
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Jenson Button coasted to his second victory of the season at the crash-marred Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday, with Formula One championship leader Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton forced out after a spectacular crash at the start.
It was Button's first victory at Spa and the 14th of the British driver's career.
The crash, which was triggered by Lotus driver Romain Grosjean...
Jenson Button cruised to victory in the Belgian GP...
After clinching his first pole position for three years at the Belgian Grand Prix, Jenson Button was in no mood to feel sorry for defending champion Sebastian Vettel.
While the McLaren driver celebrated his first pole since the Monaco GP in 2009, Vettel had to settle for a lowly 10th place - the second time this season that the German driver finished 10th or lower in qualifying...