Button wins in Canadian thriller

Jenson Button has survived penalty, safety cars and a red flag to take an electrifying victory in Formula One’s longest ever grand prix.
Button, who suffered two punctures and an early drive through penalty, forced Vettel into an error on the final lap to claim one of the most exciting victories of his career.
‘It’s been a very emotional three hours,’ said Button after the race. ‘I don’t really know what to say.’
‘On the last lap, I was chasing down Seb, he went a little bit wide on the circuit and I managed to get through.
‘An amazing win and possibly my best.’
The race was the longest in Formula One history, lasting for just over four hours after being suspended for more than 120 minutes as heavy rain lashed the circuit just 20 laps completed.
Vettel, who led from pole up to the last lap, was visibly disappointed as he climbed from his car.
‘Of course I’m disappointed, it was a very difficult race from start to finish,’ he said in the post-race press conference.

Vettel: I made a mistake

‘I saw Jenson coming through and I was pushing. It would have been enough but I made a mistake.
‘When you’ve got it in your hands and you give it away, it’s not the sweetest feeling.’
Mark Webber came home a spritely third, just ahead of 42-year-old Michael Schumacher. Petrov was the sole Renault finisher in sixth.
Massa pipped Kobayashi by 0.02 seconds over the line. The Brazilian’s promising weekend dissolved away after an error late in the race forced him into an unscheduled pit stop for a new front wing.
Alguersuari finished an impressive eighth after starting from the pit lane when his team made the late call to switch to a wet weather setup. His teammate Buemi finished in tenth, the two Toro Rosso drivers split by Rubens Barrichello with his best result of the season.
Race control began the grand prix behind the safety car after declaring a wet race due to rain earlier that morning. The safety start had the desired effect, with the restart being free from any major incidents, allowing Vettel to get away cleanly despite an early Alonso challenge.
A clash between Hamilton and Webber was the only exception, with the Briton making contact with the Australian coming out of the first corner, spinning Webber’s car. Both lost places.
Hamilton attempted to use his extra downforce to move up the field, but Schumacher’s defensive driving proved to be an impassable obstacle, forcing Hamilton wide at the hairpin to have him lose a place to teammate Button.
The afternoon’s second safety car would be deployed after Hamilton launched an ill-fated overtaking move on Button during lap eight along the front straight. Hamilton got caught between Button and the pit wall and was forced into retirement. The two drivers are to be summoned to the stewards after the race.
It’s the first incident between the two world champions during their time at McLaren.

‘The incident with Lewis – I couldn’t see anything. When he was along side me, I couldn’t see anything…’

-Jenson Button

The safety car returned to the pits by lap 12, after which the race continued as normal for at least another eight laps as Button proved that the circuit was ready for intermediates, lapping four seconds faster than race leader Vettel.
Most drivers found their way back to the pits to play photocopier, while a handful gambled on the promised second band of rain to justify their continued use of the wet tyre.
Ordinary running continued as such for another eight laps before race control deployed a pre-emptive safety car as the rain suddenly intensified around the circuit.
Most teams used the opportunity to switch back to onto the wet tyre after their brief foray into racing with the intermediate rubber as the field trailed the safety car for a further four laps before the red flags were waved to suspend the race in Montreal.
Red flag conditions persisted for over two hours as officials considered abandoning the race should the rain not subside. The weather did clear, however, and after twenty minutes of marshals working to dry the circuit, the race resumed again behind Bernd Maylander’s Mercedes.
The field was released after almost ten laps, at which point most of the drivers found the track to be dry enough for intermediate tyres.
The race could barely regain its rhythm, however, before Maylander was called to duty again as Button and Alonso made contact at turn three, leaving Alonso beached on a kerb and Button to limp back to the pits with another puncture.
Thankfully, the Safety Car’s appearance was kept significantly shorter this time around, and racing resumed in three laps as Webber, Schumacher and Button emerged as podium contenders as Vettel continued to confidently lead unlikely runner-up Kobayashi around Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Webber succumbed to the pressure from Schumacher in the damp conditions and was soon under pressure from Button as race control declared the track safe enough for drivers to experiment with the double-DRS zone as most of the front runners has switched to slick rubber.
Maylander, who was only just catching his breath, was to be called out one final time as a clumsy Heidfeld rear-ended Kobayashi before losing his front wing, spreading bits of his car along the track. his brought Vettel within sight of Schumacher and co, though the under-developed Mercedes was never going to be a match for Webber’s Red Bull or Button’s McLaren.

So close yet so far

His hopes for a comeback podium seemed dashed, with only his defensive cunning standing in the way of his competitors and their flappy rear wings. He was duly passed, though not without putting up a fight.
Jenson Button capitalised on a Mark Webber mistake at the final chicane to take second place, and with clear air set fastest lap after fastest lap as he set out after Vettel.
With two laps remaining he found himself less than a second behind his German rival, though his DRS couldn’t give him enough speed to complete the pass.
He kept up the pressure as it became clear that the race would make the full distance – just – and forced Vettel into a rare mistake, the championship leader running wide onto the wet part off the track, leaving Button to glide past the Red Bull and take the victory. 
 
Canadian Grand Prix Results:

Pos.
Driver
Team
Time
Laps
Grid
Pts

1
BUTTON
McLaren
4:04:39.537
70
7
25

2
VETTEL
Red Bull
+2.7s
70
1
18

3
WEBBER
Red Bull
+13.8s
70
4
15

4
SCHUMACHER
Mercedes
+14.2s
70
8
12

5
PETROV
Renault
+20.3s
70
10
10

6
MASSA
Ferrari
+33.2s
70
3
8

7
KOBAYASHI
Sauber
+33.2s
70
13
6

8
ALGUERSUARI
Toro Rosso
+35.9s
70
Pit
4

9
BARRICHELLO
Williams
+45.1s
70
16
2

10
BUEMI
Toro Rosso
+47.0s
70
15
1

11
ROSBERG
Mercedes
+50.4s
70
6
 

12
DE LA ROSA
Sauber
+63.6s
70
17
 

13
LIUZZI
HRT
+1 Lap
69
21
 

14
D’AMBROSIO
Virgin
+1 Lap
69
24
 

15
GLOCK
Virgin
+1 Lap
69
22
 

16
TRULLI
Team Lotus
+1 Lap
69
19
 

17
KARTHIKEYAN
HRT
Penalty
69
23
 

18
DI RESTA
Force India
+3 Laps
67
11
 

DNF
MALDONADO
Williams
+9 Laps
61
12
 

DNF
HEIDFELD
Renault
+15 Laps
55
9
 

DNF
SUTIL
Force India
+21 Laps
49
14
 

DNF
ALONSO
Ferrari
+34 Laps
36
2
 

DNF
KOVALINEN
Team Lotus
+42 Laps
28
20
 

DNF
HAMILTON
McLaren
+63 Laps
7
5
 



Drivers’ Championsip standings after seven rounds:

Pos
Driver
Country
Team
Pts
Dif.

1
VETTEL
Germany
Red Bull
161

2
BUTTON
Great Britain
McLaren
101
60

3
WEBBER
Australia
Red Bull
94
67

4
HAMILTON
Great Britain
McLaren
85
27

5
ALONSO
Spain
Ferrari
69
92

6
MASSA
Brazil
Ferrari
32
129

7
PETROV
Russia
Renault
31
130

8
HEIDFELD
Germany
Renault
29
132

9
SCHUMACHER
Germany
Mercedes
26
135

10
ROSBERG
Germany
Mercedes
26
135

11
KOBAYASHI
Japan
Sauber
25
136

12
SUTIL
Germany
Force India
8
153

13
BUEMI
Switzerland
Toro Rosso
8
153

14
ALGUERSUARI
Spain
Toro Rosso
4
157

15
BARRICHELLO
Brazil
Williams
4
157

16
PEREZ
Mexico
Sauber
2
159

17
DI RESTA
Great Britain
Force India
2
159



Constructors’ Championsip standings after seven rounds:

Pos
Driver
Country
Pts
Dif.

1
RED BULL
Austria
255

2
MCLAREN
Great Britain
186
+69

3
FERRARI
Italy
101
+154

4
RENAULT
Great Britain
60
+195

5
MERCEDES
Germany
52
+203

6
SAUBER
Switzerland
27
+228

7
TORO ROSSO
Italy
12
+243

8
FORCE INDIA
India
10
+245

9
WILLIAMS
Great Britain
4
+251

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