Usually when a driver heads a race from the start to the finish without once dropping out of the lead - even during pit stops - fans complain that it's made for a boring afternoon's lack of entertainment.

Whether it was down to the drama that was going on everywhere else at Spa, or simply because Jenson Button's second win of 2012 is genuinely universally popular with fans, it was striking that such a complaint was no where to be heard after the end of the 2012 F1 Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon.

Not that it stopped Button for apologising, all the same: "I'm sorry to all the fans if it wasn't very exciting at the front," he said after finishing his chat with Jacky Ickx on the podium at Spa.

"However, winning a grand prix is never easy," he was quick to point out. "You've always got to look after the tyres and keep an eye on the gap behind. Today's race was particularly tricky to read, in fact, because lots of cars were on different strategies so you never knew exactly where you stood."

Button got a good launch from the starting grid, which was crucial in ensuring he was clear of La Source by the time that mayhem broke out behind him.

"Turn 1 looked pretty crazy," he said. "In my mirrors, I could see cars all over the place. For me, it was all pretty straightforward though."

Certainly, once the safety car came in and the race got back underway again, Button wasted no time pulling out a big lead that made it a relatively routine day at the office for the McLaren driver.

"It initially looked like it was going to be a hard race to call: in fact, as things panned out, it was the opposite," he said. "It was unusual to be able to run a one-stop strategy. We got to lap 12 and the team asked me how the car was feeling; I told them that the balance was getting better and better, so we were able to get to lap 20 before pitting."

Button's win - and his team mate's first corner retirement - leaves him just 16pts behind Hamilton in the drivers' championship coming out of Spa, which should put to rest the constant nagging questions over whether he'll be asked to drop into a supporting role for Hamilton's title bid.

But Button knows that he's still a long way off Fernando Alonso and it will take a minor miracle to make him a contender in the championship battle over the remaining eight races of the season, so instead for now he's focused on contributing to the team's efforts to win the constructors championship.

"We need to score big points in both world championships, and today was exactly what we required," he said. "I'm a massive team-player, and I fight for the team.

"I want us to win both world championships and, until I can't mathematically fight for the drivers' world championship, I won't give up on it," he added. "I think I showed that today."

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