Button wins thrilling Canadian Grand Prix

Jenson Button claims an outstanding victory

13 June 2011

One of the most spectacular races I have seen in such a long time, I can easily see this going down as one of the most talked about Grand Prix in history along with one of Button's best performance. 

For a while I was convinced we were going to witness another imperious victory for Vettel, but for the first time this season the young driver made a fatal mistake  half way around the last lap costing him the Canadian Grand Prix winning title. As we all know this weekend's weather conditions were less than great and it wasn't any different in Montreal, it rained on and off all morning causing the race to be stopped just after 25 laps. Hamilton also found himself in the thick of it again after a sudden end on lap 7 when he tried to gain an advantage on a mistake made by button at the chicane, their cars made contact and Hamilton hit the wall and was forced to retire from the race, bringing out the safety car. Following his collision with Hamilton, Button was the first leading driver to change to intermediate tyres and by the time the race had restarted on lap 13 Button began lapping quicker than everyone else. The rain began to pour down by lap 20 which brought back out the safety car before the race was then suspended on lap 25. After hours of debating whether or not to admit defeat and switch off my television, the race eventually restarted over 2 hours later under the guidance of the safety car, before being set loose on lap 34 and almost straight away all the drivers stormed into the pits for intermediate tyres. Not long after the race began, on lap 37 Alonso collided with Button causing the spaniards departure from the race and Button shifted into last place. By the time the race restarted after ANOTHER collision in Montreal between Heidfield and Kobayashi, Vettel led the race once more and we saw Schumacher looking like his old self again with Button fighting his way to fourth behind Vettel, Schumacher and Webber with 12 laps to go. The closing stages made for an exceptional battle between Webber, Button and Schumacher when Button eventually got ahead of them both and chased Vettel in the final lap. Seconds apart, Vettel then made his mistake by spinning onto the wet part of the track at turn six handing the lead to Button. With 2 crashes, a drive through penality, endless pitstops and going from last to first place without doubt this was both a brilliant drive for Jenson Button and an epic race to watch. Not quite sure how Europe is going to top this one!

  • 1. Button
  • 2. Vettel
  • 3. Webber
  • 4. Schumacher
  • 5. Petrov
  • 6. Massa
  • 7. Kobayashi
  • 8. Alguersuari
  • 9. Barrichello
  • 10. Buemi