Button storms to truly brilliant victory in chaotic Canadian Grand Prix

Posted on June 12, 2011

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Jenson Button has sensationally won the Canadian Grand Prix despite taking six tours through the pit lane and coming back from 21st place in the second half of the race.

Button won in sensational style a thrilling Canadian Grand Prix. Credit: McLaren.com

The McLaren driver turned in a phenomenal performance to turn on the slick tyres better than any one else in a race which was halted for more than two hours because of torrential rain. At times Button was multiple seconds a lap faster than the entire field and he claimed victory on the final lap, forcing world champion Sebastian Vettel into an error.

The unlikely victory was the brightest of silver linings on a day which looked as if it was destined to be a disaster for McLaren. Lewis Hamilton was out early after colliding with Button in terrible visibility on the start finish. But the result, some three hours later, was extraordinary.

And it was so close to being an even more extraordinary result as Michael Schumacher was robbed of a brilliant podium by the DRS system allowing Button and then Mark Webber to sail past him. The seven time champion drove a brilliant race through the storm but even while driving the widest Mercedes in Canada was powerless to defend his position.

For so long, it looked as if Sebastian Vettel would ride above the chaos to yet another victory. Incident after incident and safety car after safety car fell perfectly for him. But the young German cracked under pressure in the final turns.

It’s a truly remarkable victory for Button, easily the best of his career.

It has taken many hours to get here but Canada 2011 has done the impossible and surpassed Canada 2010 in terms of entertainment. A brilliant, breathless frantic race.

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