Button stays safe to take win
Formula 1:Jenson Button thrust himself back into Formula One world title contention with a faultless pole-to-flag Belgian Grand Prix victory after avoiding the first-corner chaos that accounted for four drivers.
Championship leader Fernando Alonso was the biggest casualty, ending his run of 23 consecutive races in the points, along with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton.
The accident was instigated by Lotus' Romain Grosjean, and not for the first time this year on lap one, whilst Sauber's Sergio Perez was also forced into retirement.
Button's 14th career triumph means he is still 63 points adrift of Alonso, but the 32-year-old McLaren star cannot be discounted after finally finding some form of late.
Reigning champion Sebastian Vettel, who had started 10th after a poor qualifying by his and the team's standards, finished second to close the gap to Alonso to within a race win at 24 points.
Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen found himself on the podium for the sixth time this year and is 33 points down in the standings in fourth, one point behind Mark Webber who was fifth in the race.
Hamilton remains static at 47 points behind Alonso, but with one less race remaining at eight, and heading to Italy next weekend on the back of a week to forget at Spa-Francorchamps.
On Wednesday Hamilton was left mourning the loss of a close aunt, Diane, who lost her battle against cancer.
After some inappropriate tweets were deleted on Saturday following qualifying, Hamilton incurred the wrath of team principal Martin Whitmarsh on Sunday after posting telemetry data following an engineers' briefing earlier on Twitter.
It showed a comparison between qualifying laps of Hamilton and Button from Saturday, but it also offered their rivals vital information as to the performance of the car.
The tweet was deleted around an hour later on the orders of Whitmarsh, but worse was to follow for the 27-year-old within seconds of the start of the 44-lap race.
From seventh on the grid Hamilton was clipped by the Lotus of Romain Grosjean attempting to cut across the Briton.
As the rear-right tyre of Grosjean's car hit the front-left of Hamilton's McLaren, it sparked a chain reaction which resulted in the exit of four cars at the first corner La Source hairpin.
As the mayhem unfolded Grosjean and Hamilton collected Alonso and Perez, the latter duo having started from fifth and fourth.
On-board replays showed Grosjean's Lotus flying over the front of the Ferrari, missing the head of the Spaniard by inches.