By Alex Kapadia
Jenson Button stormed to his second victory of the season at the Belgian Grand Prix after he managed his tyres perfectly with a one-stop strategy.
The McLaren driver triumphed by 13 seconds after starting on the P Zero White medium tyres and stopping on lap 20 to change onto the P Zero Silver hard tyre.
He led from start to finish to claim his second win of the season and also became the first man to lead a grand prix from start to finish this season.
The teams had to adjust their tyre strategies as the result of an incident at the first corner of the race that eliminated four cars and brought the safety car out for four laps while debris was cleared.
As tyre wear is at its peak at the start of the race, with the cars on full fuel, the delay meant that a number of drivers were able to switch to a one-stop strategy while others stuck with a two-stop plan.
Paul Hembery, motorsport director Paul Hembery, commented: “This year’s Belgian Grand Prix was all about shifting variables, with Friday’s action rained off leaving the teams with minimal information about the slick tyres before qualifying and the race.
“Then, a long safety car period at the beginning of the race meant that the parameters were altered once more, with many teams having to quickly adapt their strategies to make the most out of another new situation.
“Jenson Button and McLaren gave us a master class in tyre management, stopping just once but at the same time pulling away from their rivals.
“The same was true for Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull, who also made a one-stop strategy work very effectively and gained eight places.
“Although Spa places heavier demands on the tyres than any other circuit on the calendar, our tyres performed well in terms of both performance and durability.
“Button made his final set of medium tyres perform effectively for 24 laps, or more than 160 kilometres, without any drop-off in terms of speed.”