SPA, Belgium — Jenson Button coasted to his second victory of the season at the 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 No. 14 for the British driver’s career. He led from start to finish, oblivious to the mayhem behind him.
“This is such a special circuit, so to get a victory here from light to flag is very special,” Button said. “It hasn’t been an easy year for me. We’re going to enjoy this for a little while longer before we head to Monza and hopefully do the same.”
Button triumphantly zigzagged across the track as he approached the finish line and then clapped his hands together in celebration. He then stood on his McLaren and leaned his head back as he clenched both fists.
“The car felt very good to drive and I could control the degradation of the tires. It’s always easier to do that when you’re leading,” said Button, who climbed to sixth place overall. “It’s a massive long shot to win the title, but today proves that you can claw back 25 points very