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Reaction and fallout after the crash at Spa continues. Grosjean hit Hamilton and collected between them Alonso, Perez and Kobayashi. Grosjean has been given a one race ban and will miss Monza, reports Sky Sports.

Massive crash but Button needed no help to win

Race Results
1st
Button
2nd
Vettel
3rd
Raikkonen
4th
Hulkenberg
5th
Massa
6th
Webber
7th
Schumacher
8th
Vergne
9th
Ricciardo
10th
di Resta
11th
Rosberg
12th
Senna
13th
Kobayashi
14th
Petrov
15th
Glock
16th
Pic
17th
Kovalainen
18th
de la Rosa

After such a weak season Button notches up another victory. Although he faced far fewer competitors than normal his pace was incredible and no one could touch him. With quickest times in free practice and in the qualifying sessions, his weekend was more dominant than Hamilton's in Hungary. However, it's difficult to know if Button has genuinely stepped up his game or if he just got the set-up on his McLaren perfect. Regardless, he certainly looks likely to be more of a factor than than he has been mostly this season.

The big upset was Grosjean's crash taking out Hamilton, Alonso, Kobayashi and Perez. Whilst none of these could have challenged Button it would have been extremely interesting to see if they could have matched Raikkonen for pace. Especially disappointing is Sauber not getting a chance to show their potential. Although Kobayashi was slow during the race he probably suffered damage during the crash and they are worth watching for the future as more podiums are likely this season. Vettel and Hulkenberg also had very impressive races, Vettel using his one stop strategy to move ahead of even Raikkonen from 11th and Hulkenberg took his Force India to 4th.

After Alonso's first retirement this year his competitors had a chance to keep up. Button's win moves him closer to putting himself into the hunt for the championship but he is still far away. With Hamilton also retiring and Webber not having a great race Alonso has got off lightly in the championship race. Raikkonen is now a single point behind Webber and 14 in front of Hamilton. Alonso's main concern is Vettel, now 8 points ahead of his team mate and 24 behind Alonso. The margin is still big but Alonso now has an even harder fight on his hands.

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After a very long wait Hamilton takes another victory.

Race Results
1st
Hamilton
2nd
Raikkonen
3rd
Grosjean
4th
Vettel
5th
Alonso
6th
Button
7th
Senna
8th
Webber
9th
Massa
10th
Rosberg
11th
Hulkenberg
12th
di Resta
13th
Maldonado
14th
Perez
15th
Ricciardo
16th
Vergne
17th
Kovalainen
18th
Kobayashi
It certainly was not one of Hamilton's easier race wins, with the Lotuses looking like they had the pace to challenge for the win throughout the race. The narrow track of the Hungaroring certain helped keep the Lotus's at bay but Hamilton's mature drive may have equally ensured victory. Rather than his usual aggression, Hamilton drove carefully to make the tires last, so much so that he was putting in faster lap times than Raikkonen in the final few laps despite being on older tires. It bodes well for his championship chances if Hamilton can drive with this type of control for the rest of the season.

ButtonLotus had a tremendous race, showing incredible pace and good strategic decisions. They have been close to winning a couple of times this year and Hungary is their closest yet, so a victory this season looks likely. It's worth noting that the Lotus performs better in warm weather and Hungary was the warmest race this year. Success at other hight temperature track is likely but they will not have that pace at every future race. Hopefully from now on both Lotus drivers will join Vettel, Webber, Hamilton, Button and Alonso as the realistic contenders for victory. 2012 looks likely to continue to be the most diverse in F1 history.

Another race has gone and still no one is challenging Alonso's championship lead. Alonso's 5th position finally breaks his incredible run since Valencia of two wins and a 2nd place. However, his closest rivals, the two Red Bulls, finished in similar positions to Alonso. Instead of decreasing his lead, Hungary meant Hamilton and Raikkonen have now almost caught the Red Bull drivers. With four drivers now taking points from one another, the championship looks like Alonso's to lose. His competitor's only hope is that Ferrari is still lacking pace after the summer break.

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Grosjean
                        2012    
Since 2010
Won
0
0
Pole
0
0
Podium
3
3
Top 6
7
7
Top 10
10
10
Last update: Abu Dhabi

Season analysis after Korea

Most bookies consider Grosjean the weaker driver to Raikkonen and the odds reflect this. For a time this undervaluing made Grosjean excellent value for money. Whilst he had some terrible first lap incidents at the start of the season he soon appeared to have learnt his mistakes and became a highly competitive racer. However, with more first lap incidents in Belgium and Japan Grosjean returned to being a far poorer driver than Raikkonen, making Grosjean rarely worth a bet.

With the Red Bull looking so dominant race victories are out. To gain the remaining place on the podium after the Red Bulls Grosjean would have to beat Hamilton, Alonso and Raikkonen, none of which is likely. Top 6 is the best he can usually hope for. However, for a fast car like Lotus top 6 finishes are a long term low profit bet which require a consistent driver, very much the opposite of Grosjean’s current performance. The same is also true of top 10 finishes, making Grosjean rarely worth currently betting on.

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Season analysis after Hungary

Most bookies consider Grosjean the weaker driver to Raikkonen and the odds reflect this. Grosjean's potential is difficult to assess, having had so many retirements at the start of the season. These were partially bad luck and partially beginner's mistakes which Grosjean appears to have learnt from. Ignoring those first few races, Grosjean seems almost equal to Raikkonen but usually has slightly higher odds, making him better value for money.

Except for his third position in Hungary, Grosjean has never finished a race worse than the position he started in. Betting on Grosjean to finish slightly higher than he qualifies is usually a good bet, meaning podiums and top 6 are recommended. Of the seven races he finished this year, six were top 6 and three were podiums. He is too unreliable for top 10 bets though. A race win for Grosjean is certainly possible but with difficulty of guessing which race, podiums and top six are better bets.

This update is out of date, see update from Korea above for current update.

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