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No action taken in first lap accident at Spa.

The stewards overseeing the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps have decided that no-one was to blame for the opening lap incident at Les Combes, which claimed four cars, including Britons Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.

Having qualified a lowly 14th, Button had made a decent start, taking advantage of Hamilton's slow getaway, Adrian Sutil's spin and Brawn team-mate Rubens Barrichello's anti-stall problems to be challenging Heikki Kovalainen out of Raidillon, but was tagged by rookie Romain Grosjean as he turned into Les Combes, spinning across the pack as a result.

As the Brawn ended its race in the barriers, with Grosjean nosing his Renault in alongside, Hamilton - taking avoiding action - left Jaime Alguersuari with nowhere to go, the Spaniard riding over the McLaren's rear wheel and pushing both into the wall a little further through the turn.

All four drivers were out on the spot, and forced the stewards to deploy the safety car which ultimately decided the destiny of the race, as Kimi Raikkonen made full use of the restart to power past polesitter Giancarlo Fisichella.

Button's DNF was his first of the season, and appeared to open the door to his world championship rivals, but only Sebastian Vettel managed a decent haul of points, joining Raikkonen and Fisichella on the podium, while Barrichello salvaged two points from his poor start and Mark Webber failed to trouble the scorers for a second straight race.



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Alan D - Unregistered

August 30, 2009 10:24 PM

I agree Paul, no-one would deliberately crash on purpose. They'd just park their Ferrari sideways on the track on the last corner of Monaco with the nose touching the barrier, or they'd just swerve their Beneton into the side of Hill, or try to tangle their Ferrari up with Villeneuve, but surely no-one would set out to crash deliberately.

Munro Gow

August 30, 2009 7:08 PM

Racing incident nothing more.....now lets talk about the race that is being investigated from last year...BBC website has Singapore GP?? from last year being investigated. Piquet crashing (nothing unusual) and then Alonoso going on to win...Has Piquet Jr decided to put the knife into FB and say he was told to crash out to benefit Mr Aonso???



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