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Schumacher takes seventh in the end after having to pit a second time for tyres and struggling with his gearbox while Vergne, Ricciardo and Di Resta round out the top 10.

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Behind them Hulkenberg gives Force India fourth after a great performance ahead of Massa, who held off Webber in the final laps.

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Vettel coasts home for second with Raikkonen completing the podium.

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JENSON BUTTON WINS THE BELGIAN GP AT SPA!

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One lap to go for Button.

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With two laps to go, Button remains well out in front, with Vettel also looking good to ease home for second.

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Kovalainen loses 17th spot to De la Rosa after a spin at Pouhon.

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Schumacher has problems with sixth gear. Ahead of him Massa and Webber are fighting it out for fifth.

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Ricciardo now overtakes Senna, who heartbreakingly pits the Williams for a change of tyres.

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Glock takes that place. And Vergne is past Senna for eighth at Les Combes.

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Pic in 15th holding off Marussia team-mate Glock.

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Button serene at the front, 14.2s clear of Vettel. Raikkonen now alone in third, three seconds clear of Hulkenberg.

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And Schumacher has to come in for a second change of tyres after all - disaster for him.

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Schumacher fights back to take the position as Massa closes on the group.

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Raikkonen pulling away from Schumacher, who now has Hulkenberg all over his rear. And the younger German passes the veteran at Le Source!

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The order: 1.Button 2.Vettel 3.Raikkonen 4.Schumacher 5.Hulkenberg 6.Webber 7.Massa 8.Senna 9.Rosberg 10.Vergne 11.Ricciardo 12.Di Resta 13.Kobayashi 14.Petrov 15.Pic 16.Glock 17.De la Rosa 18.Kovalainen

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Seat-of-the-pants stuff as Raikkonen accelerates past Schumacher into Eau Rouge!

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Hulkenberg and Webber right up with Schumi and Raikkonen.

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A few corners later Schumi opens up the DRS to blast back into third! Easy for him! What a battle in store between these former world champions.

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Karthikeyan off at Paul Frere! And before that portion of the track Raikkonen on fresh rubber overtakes Schumacher!

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Webber's release will be investigated after the race.

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Raikkonen fourth after that stop behind Schumacher, who is on a one-stop strategy.

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Vettel 5.6 seconds behind Raikkonen and so he will somehow find himself second when Kimi comes in.

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Webber makes a second stop and does well to avoid Massa on the release as he comes in for his own hard rubber.

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Button's lead over 10 seconds. Barring a mechanical problem, he should coast to the finish. Hulkenberg told he is "looking good" on team radio. He stands third behind Raikkonen.

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Senna past Di Resta at Les Combes for 10th. Raikkonen 8.5s behind Button and must stop again. And Vettel overtakes Massa - he is now behind Webber.

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Vettel resumed ahead of Schumacher and is coming up on Massa. The pitlane battle between the Germans will be investigated after the race.

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Vettel in for that second stop for hard tyres, leaving Raikkonen second, 7.6s behind Button.

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Button in and out for hard tyres. He is well ahead of Vettel, who should need a second stop unlike the Briton.

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Vettel sees an opening down the inside of Schumacher at the chicane and goes for it... as he slides around the S-bend, Schumacher enters the pitlane. That must have confused the younger champion!

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Webber sixth after passing Riccardo while Massa is past Rosberg for eighth.

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The order: 1.Button 2.Schumacher 3.Vergne 4.Raikkonen 5.Hulkenberg 6.Webber 7.Ricciardo 8.Massa 9.Rosberg 10.Di Resta 11.Vergne 12.Senna 13.Kobayashi 14.Petrov 15.Pic 16.Glock 17.Karthikeyan 18.De la Rosa 19.Kovalainen. Retirements: Maldonado, Perez, Alonso, Hamilton, Grosjean

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Button, with a 13-second lead and 24-second advantage over Raikkonen, seems to be on a one-stopper. Riccardo overtakes Rosberg, who is struggling.

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Kovalainen spends 52 seconds in the pitlane after an unsafe release by Caterham means he clips the HRT of Narain Karthikeyan.

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Vettel now past Vergne at Les Combes. /// What did you think of the crash?

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Raikkonen battling Rosberg for sixth, feeling the benefit of those new tyres. Jean-Eric Vergne is third ahead of Vettel.

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Button's lead over Hulkenberg now 7.7s. Schumi two seconds behind them. And Vettel fourth after passing Senna up the inside... false position though as several drivers have come in for tyres.

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Raikkonen came straight in after that for hard tyres while Webber has also pitted for hard rubber.

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Di Resta pits for hard tyres, which are serving Hulkenberg well in second. Schumacher opens the DRS to blast past Raikkonen!

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Ricciardo passes the Force India of Di Resta in his Toro Rosso to take fifth. The Scot is struggling on his tyres, with Schumi having pulled away from him.

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Kovalainen past De la Rosa for 15th and Vettel takes ninth from Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber!

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Button over five seconds clear now. DRS has been open for a couple of laps, leading to some interesting battles for position.

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Maldonado and Timo Glock are under investigation after contact between them. The Venezuelan retired with that damage. Kobayashi, who started the race badly from second, pits again - and resumes in 19th.

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Button nearly four seconds clear now, with Kimi complaining about his front grip. Kovalainen down in 16th.

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Schumacher, on his 300th GP appearance, now fourth after passing Briton Di Resta on the inside.

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It was a bad restart from Raikkonen, which harms his title chances. Button leads by 2.8 seconds. Massa and Vettel are past Kovalainen and Rosberg - Kova suffered a spin - and stand 10th and 11th now respectively.

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Maldonado's front wing is damaged.

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Massa wide at Eau Rouge but Vettel, who lost two positions at the start despite the carnage, is unable to take advantage.

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Away we go at the front as the safety car comes in - Button safely accelerates clear. And Hulkenberg is past Raikkonen for second! He is up nine places. Button well clear now.

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Behind the front six the order is: Vergne, Senna, Webber, Kovalainen, Massa, Vettel, Rosberg, Karthikeyan.

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It's not been a good weekend for Hamilton, who exchanged opinions with Grosjean - who entered GP2 after Hamilton had moved up to F1 - following the accident.

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Grosjean's Lotus was trapped on Hamilton's front then connected with Perez's Sauber and launched over the back of Alonso. The Spaniard is a lucky man. All Hamilton was doing was trying to move up the inside - the aggression of Grosjean definitely at fault.

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Pedro de la Rosa, Kamui Kobayashi and Pastor Maldonado all pit. It will take a while to shift the debris.

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Grosjean came up the middle and nudged into Hamilton, which catapulted the Frenchman over the top of Alonso's Ferrari!

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Naturally, the safety car is out. The front order behind it: Button, Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Hulkenberg, Paul di Resta, Michael Schumacher, Daniel Ricciardo.

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Button got away cleanly to lead into La Source with the crash also involving Romain Grosjean and Sergio Perez. Hamilton does not look happy.

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MASSIVE CRASH AT THE START! Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton out!

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Off we go!

13:02 

They are currently on the formation lap on this hilly track in the Ardennes forest.

12:57 

There are 44 laps of the longest circuit on the F1 calendar at 7.004km.

12:55 

The medium Pirellis are the tyre of choice after they produced the best pace in qualifying.

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The weather is dry and sunny - you could never believe that the downpour which ruined Friday's practice sessions ever took place. Air temp is 19 degrees Celsius though - not sweltering.

12:45 

Sauber is a realistic contender for victory in today's Belgian Grand Prix, according to team CEO Monisha Kaltenborn.

12:40 

Jenson Button insists that starting from pole position for the first time since the 2009 Monaco Grand Prix will not put him under any extra pressure at Spa.