ReLIVE the Belgian GP
Jenson Button finishes in sixth place and Sergio Perez in eleventh place in the 2013 Belgian Grand Prix. McLaren LIVE relayed live radio chat and commentary from inside the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes garage throughout the race, here's your chance to ReLIVE the action as it unfolded.
On the Grid
The news is that Spa is dry. Officially the chance of rain during the race is 60 per cent but it looks less likely than that on the radar. The grid forms up… Jenson and Checo into position. Last instructions from the pitwall… GO!
Great start from Jenson, up to P4.
Checo makes ground too. Now P11.
5 laps into the Belgian Grand Prix. Jenson now P6, Checo still P11.
Jenson lost places on the Kemmel Straight, losing out under DRS.
Checo passes GRO on the Kemmel Straight for P10.
Race control has issued a drive-through penalty to Checo – forcing another car off track.
Checo radio talk: "OK Checo, we have been given a drive-through, we must come in this lap. Keep pushing, we're in good position."
Checo takes the pit entry and comes through the pitlane. This will cost him around 15s.
After the early stops Jenson is P3, 3.4s behind ALO in P2.
Jenson into the pitlane, he takes on the Prime tyre and streaks out. Fast!
Jenson radio talk: "OK Jenson, MAS in front is on ten-lap old Option tyres."
Checo pits. Swaps from the Option tyre to the Prime.
Jenson is P7, he's passed MAS and is 7.2s behind GRO.
Jenson radio talk: "OK Jenson, great job with MAS. Car in front is GRO. Looks like he's trying to one-stop, you're 2.5s faster than him."
Jenson P7, Checo P17. VET leads from ALO, HAM, ROS, WEB, GRO, Jenson, MAS, RAI, SUT.
The field is beginning to spread out and race against the clock now. The only top ten battle within DRS range is ROS-WEB for P4.
Jenson has passed GRO and is now P6. GRO is the only runner yet to stop.
Checo radio talk: "Let's push now and see if we can get ahead of MAL and RIC in front."
Checo is P16, has a 3s gap to MAL in front and is lapping 2s faster.
Jenson is 9s behind the ROS-WEB battle and gaining.
Jenson moves up to P5 as ROS pits.
Checo radio talk: "Checo, we will be racing cars at the pit exit."
A second round of pitstops is underway, the order on track is changing every lap.
Jenson moves up to P4 as HAM pits.
Jenson radio talk: " OK Jenson, this pace is strong. You are currently one second a lap faster than WEB."
Jenson radio talk: "Yellows ahead Jenson, yellows at the chicane."
Yellow flags ahead, pace is much better, we're catching cars in front.
Jenson moves up to P3 as WEB pits.
Jenson radio talk: "OK Jenson, there are 14 laps to go."
Checo radio talk: "Checo this pace is good, let's see if we can find another tenth or two. We're catching RIC in front."
12 laps to go at Spa-Francorchamps. Jenson P3, Checo P10. VET leads from ALO, Jenson, HAM, ROS, WEB, GRO, MAS, RIC, Checo.
Jenson comes into the pits for his second stop. He takes another set of Prime tyres.
Jenson emerges in P6, just in front of GRO and MAS.
Jenson radio talk: "How far behind WEB?"
Checo radio talk: "We lost four-tenths to VER that lap, 7s the gap."
Interesting finale in store for Jenson. 12s behind WEB and gaining with seven laps remaining. Can he get close?
Car behind is now RIC. We're going to be racing him to the end, let's do everything we can to stay in front.
Checo has 4.3s over RIC but much older tyres.
Jenson P6, Checo P10. VET leads from ALO, HAM, ROS, WEB, Jenson, GRO, MAS, SUT, Checo.
RIC right on Checo's tail now… he's through into P10 at the top of the hill.
Two laps remaining and Jenson is having a lonely finish to the Belgian Grand Prix: 8s behind WEB, 11s ahead of MAS.
Checo radio talk: "OK Checo, two laps to go, you have a five-second gap to VER and he is four-tenths faster. Let's make sure we stay ahead of him."
VET crosses the line to win, Jenson crosses the line for P6.
Jenson radio talk: "Great job JB, you know the routine now. Cool the brakes, remember we are turning around and coming back in at the pit exit."
That's the end of the Belgian Grand Prix. Jenson P6, Checo P11. VET wins from ALO, HAM, ROS, WEB, Jenson, MAS, GRO, SUT and RIC.Fabulous effort from Checo, trying to make a one-stop work after his drive-through penalty, just couldn't hang on to the tyres at the end.
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