The main interest in this race was watching the Greenpeace anti-Shell banner unfold before the start. The race itself unfolded within a few corners of the first lap, as Sebastian Vettel screamed his Red Bull past Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes and proceeded to open up an ever-greater distance to his pursuers for the rest of the afternoon.
Having climbed onto the roof of the main grandstand with a giant banner protesting Shell's planned oil drilling in the Arctic, the activists abseiled to unveil the words: 'Arctic Oil? Shell No!' Shell is the Belgian Grand Prix's title sponsor.
The protesters sat suspended in their harnesses, looking upon a field of cars, the first 14 of which were starting on the option medium tyre.