2012 BELGIAN GP: INCREDIBLE BUTTON FOR HIS FIRST MCLAREN POLE

Jenson Button took pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix in an unpredictable qualifying session at Spa. Button's pole is his first for McLaren in his 50th race for the team, and he looked imperious from Q2 onwards as he headed the field.

Kamui Kobayashi joins him on the front row as Sauber continued its strong showing at Spa, with Pastor Maldonado third for Williams alongside Kimi Raikkonen on row two. Sergio Perez starts fifth alongside Fernando Alonso, while Mark Webber was seventh fastest but will take five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change which will drop him behind his team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Vettel failed to make Q3 alongside Felipe Massa and Michael Schumacher and will start tenth. The rest of the top ten was rounded out by Lewis Hamilton, Romain Grosjean and Paul di Resta, although all three will profit from Webber's penalty.
Pos     Driver              Team                 Time      Gap
 1.  Jenson Button       McLaren-Mercedes      1:47.573
 2.  Kamui Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari        1:47.871  + 0.298
 3.  Pastor Maldonado    Williams-Renault      1:47.893  + 0.320
 4.  Kimi Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault         1:48.205  + 0.632
 5.  Sergio Perez        Sauber-Ferrari        1:48.219  + 0.646
 6.  Fernando Alonso     Ferrari               1:48.313  + 0.740
 7.  Mark Webber         Red Bull-Renault      1:48.392  + 0.819
 8.  Lewis Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes      1:48.394  + 0.821
 9.  Romain Grosjean     Lotus-Renault         1:48.538  + 0.965
10.  Paul di Resta       Force India-Mercedes  1:48.890  + 1.317
Q2 Fastest time: J.Button 1:47.654                         Gap
11.  Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull-Renault      1:49.722  + 0.472
12.  Nico Hulkenberg     Force India-Mercedes  1:49.362  + 0.112
13.  Michael Schumacher  Mercedes AMG          1:49.742  + 0.492
14.  Felipe Massa        Ferrari               1:49.588  + 0.338
15.  Jean-Eric Vergne    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:49.763  + 0.513
16.  Daniel Ricciardo    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:49.572  + 0.322
17.  Bruno Senna         Williams-Renault      1:49.958  + 0.708
Q1 Fastest time: P.Maldonado 1:48.993                      Gap
18.  Nico Rosberg        Mercedes AMG          1:50.181  + 1.188
19.  Heikki Kovalainen   Caterham-Renault      1:51.739  + 2.746
20.  Vitaly Petrov       Caterham-Renault      1:51.967  + 2.974
21.  Timo Glock          Marussia-Cosworth     1:52.336  + 3.343
22.  Pedro de la Rosa    HRT-Cosworth          1:53.030  + 4.037
23.  Charles Pic         Marussia-Cosworth     1:53.493  + 4.500
24.  Narain Karthikeyan  HRT-Cosworth          1:54.989  + 5.996
107% time: 1:56.622
5 start place penalties for Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg