2012 Belgian Grand Prix

Layout of the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

Formula One motor race that took place, at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps near the village of Francorchamps, Wallonia, Belgium on 2 September 2012, the first event after a five-week summer break.

- 2012 Belgian Grand Prix
Layout of the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

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Massa at 2018 Le Mans Classic

Felipe Massa

Brazilian racing driver.

Brazilian racing driver.

Massa at 2018 Le Mans Classic
Massa driving for Sauber at the 2005 British Grand Prix
Massa celebrating victory at the 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix
Massa driving for Ferrari at the 2007 United States Grand Prix
Massa driving for Ferrari at the 2007 British Grand Prix
Massa driving for Ferrari at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix
Massa at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix
Massa on the podium at the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix
Massa at the 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Massa at the 2009 Turkish Grand Prix
Massa at the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix.
Massa at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Massa driving at Ferrari's home race – the.
Felipe Massa - 2011 Canadian Grand Prix
Massa during a charity football match in Abu Dhabi
Massa driving for Ferrari at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Massa at the 2012 US Grand Prix
Massa at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix
Massa at the 2013 Indian Grand Prix
Massa at the 2014 Chinese Grand Prix.
Massa leading Fernando Alonso at the 2015 Canadian Grand Prix
Massa driving for Williams at the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix
Massa during pre-season testing for Williams in 2017
Felipe Massa at his final F1 weekend at Yas Marina Circuit
Massa driving for Venturi at the 2020 Mexico City ePrix.
Massa and his wife, Anna Raffaela

After qualifying 14th at Spa, Massa finished 5th in the race, earning 10 points and climbing to eleventh position in the driver standings, with the same points as Michael Schumacher.

Schumacher in 2005

Michael Schumacher

German former racing driver who competed in Formula One for Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari, and Mercedes.

German former racing driver who competed in Formula One for Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari, and Mercedes.

Schumacher in 2005
Schumacher's title-winning German Formula Three car from 1990
Schumacher (left) in 1991
Schumacher driving for Benetton at the 1992 Monaco Grand Prix
Schumacher drove the Benetton B194 to his first World Championship in 1994.
Schumacher on the podium at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix
Schumacher driving for Benetton at the 1995 British Grand Prix
Schumacher celebrates a second-place finish at the 1997 German Grand Prix
Schumacher battles with David Coulthard at the 1998 British Grand Prix
Schumacher won his fourth World title in.
Schumacher driving the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro F2002 at the 2002 French Grand Prix, the race at which he clinched the Drivers' Championship, setting the record for the fewest races in locking up the title
Schumacher at Indianapolis in 2004, where he won the 2004 United States Grand Prix
Schumacher battling with Kimi Räikkönen during the 2005 Canadian Grand Prix
Schumacher overtakes Kimi Räikkönen for fourth with three laps to go of his final race for three years at Interlagos, having dropped to 19th early on
BMW Sauber with "Thanks Michael" messages towards Michael Schumacher on the back of their cars, Schumacher and Peter Sauber worked together in sports cars before entering F1 in 1992.
Schumacher at Finali Mondiali celebrations in the F2007
Schumacher practising for the from which he retired with a faulty wheel nut
Schumacher finished fourth in the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix
Schumacher qualified fastest at the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix.
Schumacher at the 2012 US Grand Prix
Turns 9 and 10 of the Nürburgring were renamed after Schumacher in 2007.
Schumacher was an advertising partner for watchmaker Omega. When he won his third title in 2000, which was the first with Ferrari, the Speedmaster Racing was issued in a Schumacher Edition having his signature on the back.
Helmet for the 1994 season (Benetton); Schumacher used the Bell helmet for nine years in Formula One, from the 1992 Canadian Grand Prix to 2001 Australian Grand Prix.
Bell helmet for the 1995 season (Benetton); Schumacher kept using this white-coloured helmet after moving to Ferrari in {{f1|1996}} until he switched its colour to red at the 2000 Monaco Grand Prix.
Schuberth helmet for the 2002 season (Ferrari); at the 2001 Malaysian Grand Prix, Schumacher switched his helmet from Bell to Schuberth, though there was a contract with Bell for the 2001 season. From the 2001 season, Schumacher continued to use the Schuberth helmet until his last race in Formula One.
Schuberth helmet at the Museo Ferrari with the Marlboro logo which sometimes had to be removed in countries where tobacco advertising was illegal.
Schuberth helmet for the 2011 season (Mercedes GP); Schumacher kept using a red-coloured helmet at Silver Arrows. Chinese dragon illustration and a Chinese character "力" ("power") are inscribed on the back of the helmet.

In Germany, Schumacher set the fastest lap for the 77th time in his career, and in Belgium he became the second driver in history to race in 300 Grands Prix.

Grosjean during the 2021 Long Beach Grand Prix

Romain Grosjean

Swiss-French racing driver racing under the French flag currently competing in the NTT IndyCar Series for Andretti Autosport in the 2022 IndyCar season.

Swiss-French racing driver racing under the French flag currently competing in the NTT IndyCar Series for Andretti Autosport in the 2022 IndyCar season.

Grosjean during the 2021 Long Beach Grand Prix
Grosjean driving for ART Grand Prix at the Silverstone round of the 2008 GP2 Series.
Grosjean made his Formula One debut at the 2009 European Grand Prix.
Grosjean driving a Ford GT at Silverstone
Grosjean won the 2011 GP2 Asia Series and GP2 Series championships on his full-time return to the category.
Grosjean driving for Lotus at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Grosjean at the 2012 United States Grand Prix.
Grosjean at the 2012 British Grand Prix
Grosjean was involved in several first-lap accidents in his first full season of Formula One, including this collision with Mark Webber at the first corner of the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix.
Grosjean testing the Lotus E21 in Barcelona.
Grosjean at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Grosjean at the 2014 British Grand Prix
Grosjean at the 2015 Canadian Grand Prix
Grosjean at the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Grosjean at the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix
Grosjean at the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Grosjean at the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix
Grosjean at pre-season testing in 2020
Grosjean at Road America in 2021
Grosjean at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2021
Grosjean at the 2022 XPEL 375

He became the first driver since 1994 to receive a race ban after causing a multi-car pile-up, at the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix.

Layout of the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza

2012 Italian Grand Prix

Formula One motor race that took place at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in Monza, Italy on 9 September 2012.

Formula One motor race that took place at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in Monza, Italy on 9 September 2012.

Layout of the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza
Vettel walking back to the pits after his retirement
After the podium ceremony, third-placed Alonso took over a TV camera

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean did not participate in the race due to receiving a one-race ban for his involvement in the first-lap incident at the Belgian Grand Prix that saw four cars crash heavily at the La Source hairpin.

Sebastian Vettel became a three-time World Champion with Red Bull Racing.

2012 Formula One World Championship

The 66th season of FIA Formula One motor racing.

The 66th season of FIA Formula One motor racing.

Sebastian Vettel became a three-time World Champion with Red Bull Racing.
Fernando Alonso finished second in the World Drivers' Championship, three points behind Vettel.
Kimi Räikkönen finished the season in third place on his return to F1, driving for Lotus F1.
The Red Bull RB8 is the car entered by defending World Constructors' Champion Red Bull, and which won the World Constructors' Championship in 2012.
Romain Grosjean returned to Formula One with Lotus, the same team – then known as Renault F1 – with whom he made his debut in.
Kimi Raikkonen (pictured in 2017) returned to Formula One with Lotus after two years in rallying.
Nations hosting Formula One Grands Prix in 2012.
Formula One returned to the United States in 2012, with the race held at the Circuit of the Americas near Austin, Texas.
The banning of exhaust-blown diffusers meant all teams had to redevelop the exit of the exhaust.
The reduction in the height of the nose led to several teams using a "platypus" nose design, as seen in the Force India VJM05 (top). However, McLaren did not use this design, as evidenced in the McLaren MP4-27 (bottom).
HRT failed to qualify for the Australian Grand Prix for the second consecutive year.
Fernando Alonso described driving the Ferrari F2012 as "like walking on a tightrope".
Sergio Pérez took the first podium of his career in Malaysia.
The legality of the Mercedes F1 W03's rear wing was an ongoing issue early in the season.
The Bahrain Grand Prix was overshadowed by civilian protests against the ruling Al Khalifa family.
Sebastian Vettel won his first race of the 2012 season in Bahrain.
Lewis Hamilton became the seventh winner of the season when he won the Canadian Grand Prix.
Heavy rain forced the suspension of qualifying for the British Grand Prix.
Reigning World Constructors' Champion Red Bull was involved in several technical disputes that challenged the legality of its car.
Following the mid-season break, Ferrari's Felipe Massa was in fourteenth place in the championship, 139 points behind team-mate and championship leader Fernando Alonso.
Lewis Hamilton's future was a source of ongoing speculation during the second half of the season, amid contract negotiations with McLaren and Mercedes.
Jérôme d'Ambrosio – seen here at the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix – replaced Romain Grosjean for the Italian Grand Prix.
Paul di Resta finished in a career-best fourth place in Singapore.
Romain Grosjean (left) was criticised for his role in causing another first-lap incident, this time spinning Mark Webber around at the start of the race.
Kimi Räikkönen took Lotus's first victory of the 2012 season in Abu Dhabi after he inherited the lead following Lewis Hamilton's retirement from the race.
Lewis Hamilton retiring from the Brazilian Grand Prix.

However, costly first-lap retirements in Belgium and Japan allowed his rivals to catch up, and defending World Champion Sebastian Vettel – like Alonso, a two-time title winner – took the lead in the sixteenth race of the season.

Button at the

Jenson Button

British racing driver.

British racing driver.

Button at the
Button (on the right) after finishing third at the 1996 Ayrton Senna Memorial Trophy
Button's Williams FW22 at the Donington Grand Prix Exhibition.
Button at the driving for Benetton.
Button competing for Renault at the 2002 British Grand Prix
Button driving for BAR at the.
Button at the, where he took pole position.
Button driving the Honda RA106 which he drove to victory at the.
Button driving for Honda at the.
Button driving for Honda at the.
The Brawn BGP 001 car that Button drove to win the championship
Button's first race for McLaren was the.
Button took his first victory with McLaren at the.
Button celebrating his win of the
Button practicing for the
Button driving at the
Button competing at the
Button driving at the
Button competing in the
The Honda NSX-GT that Button and Naoki Yamamoto drove to win the 2018 Super GT title.
Button driving a McLaren MP4-23 car through the streets of Manchester in August 2011.

The rest of Button's season saw him achieve wins in Belgium and Brazil and top-five finishes in five of the next seven rounds for fifth overall with 188 points.

Hülkenberg at the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix

Nico Hülkenberg

German professional racing driver who currently serves as the reserve driver in Formula One for the Aston Martin F1 Team.

German professional racing driver who currently serves as the reserve driver in Formula One for the Aston Martin F1 Team.

Hülkenberg at the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix
Hülkenberg, as a driver for A1 Team Germany, in 2006
Hülkenberg won seven races en route to the 2008 Formula 3 Euro Series title.
Hülkenberg driving for ART Grand Prix at the Monaco round of the 2009 GP2 Series
Hülkenberg scored his first World Championship point at the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Hülkenberg as Force India's third driver at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix
By the time of the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix, Hülkenberg had been promoted to a full-time race seat.
Hülkenberg at the 2012 United States Grand Prix
Hülkenberg at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Hülkenberg at the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix
Hülkenberg at the 2015 Canadian Grand Prix.
Hülkenberg at the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Hülkenberg driving for Renault at the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Hülkenberg in the pre-season testing, Barcelona
Hülkenberg at the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix.
Hülkenberg driving during 2019 pre-season testing
Hülkenberg at the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix.

The spectacular crash was likened to the crash at the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix initiated by Romain Grosjean.

Senna at the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix

Bruno Senna

Brazilian professional racing driver currently racing for Rebellion Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Brazilian professional racing driver currently racing for Rebellion Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Senna at the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix
Bruno Senna driving a Dallara F304 in a support race at the 2006 Australian Grand Prix
Senna driving for iSport International at the Silverstone round of the 2008 GP2 Series
Senna driving for Oreca at the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans
Senna demonstrating a Ferrari 312B2 Formula One car at the 2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Senna driving for Hispania Racing at the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix, his Formula One début
Senna wore a plain yellow helmet at the 2010 Belgian Grand Prix to advertise a competition where fans could design his helmet for his home race later in the year
Senna scored his first Formula One points for Renault at the 2011 Italian Grand Prix.
Senna driving for Williams at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Senna at the 2012 United States Grand Prix
Senna competing for Mahindra Racing at the 2015 Berlin ePrix.

At the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix Senna scored the first fastest lap of his career after a late puncture dropped him from 8th place to 12th place.

Karthikeyan at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Narain Karthikeyan

Indian racing driver.

Indian racing driver.

Karthikeyan at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Karthikeyan locking his brakes during qualifying at the 2005 United States Grand Prix
Karthikeyan driving for Hispania at the.
Karthikeyan driving for HRT at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Karthikeyan at the 2012 US Grand Prix
Karthikeyan competing for A1 Team India at the 2008–09 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, South Africa.
Karthikeyan during the 2014 Super Formula season.

He qualified last in Belgium, before running as high as 13th during the race, with good pace, before crashing out on lap 30 in broken suspension.

Vettel at the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel

German racing driver who competes in Formula One for Aston Martin, having previously driven for BMW Sauber, Toro Rosso, Red Bull, and Ferrari.

German racing driver who competes in Formula One for Aston Martin, having previously driven for BMW Sauber, Toro Rosso, Red Bull, and Ferrari.

Vettel at the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix
Vettel driving at a F3 Euroseries demonstration event in 2006
Vettel on his race debut at the 2007 United States Grand Prix
Vettel driving for Toro Rosso at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix
Vettel after winning the 2009 Japanese Grand Prix
Vettel driving for Red Bull Racing at the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix, where he took the first pole position of the season
Vettel's win at the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix was his first win in the principality, and his fifth from the first six races of the 2011 season.
Vettel at the 2011 Japanese Grand Prix where, with four races remaining in the season, he became the youngest double World Drivers' Champion
Vettel at the 2012 United States Grand Prix
Vettel driving for Red Bull Racing at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix
Vettel (left) controversially passing teammate Mark Webber at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix, despite team orders to maintain position
Vettel at the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix, where he took his maiden win for Ferrari after two races
Vettel driving for Ferrari at the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix
Vettel during pre-season testing for Ferrari in 2017
Vettel at the 2017 Japanese Grand Prix
Vettel driving past his fans at the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix
Vettel in action at the 2019 Chinese Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel competing for Ferrari on their 1000th Grand Prix
Vettel at the 2021 British Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel at the 2007 Race of Champions
2017 helmet design
Vettel and Michael Schumacher after the 2011 Japanese Grand Prix, where Vettel won his second World Championship title

He started in 10th place but finished second in Belgium to climb up to second place in the championship.