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Formula 1 2011 Canadian Grand Prix: Button Wins Action-Packed Wet Race

The FIA 2011 Fomula One World Championship saw it’s most incident filled race of the year at round seven, as the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix took place in the rain in Montreal on Sunday 13th June 2011.

A wet race saw many racing incidents coupled with dual DRS activation points: a combination that led to many passes and re-passes, before culminating with a final lap mistake from runaway Championship leader, Sebastian Vettel, which allowed Jenson Button to shoot past for his first win since 2010.

The 2009 World Champion, Button, in his McLaren Mercedes car passed the 2010 Champion’s Red Bull after Vettel made his first – and only – error of the race at the final hurdle.

Button, on the other hand, had perhaps the busiest drive of his career, and had come from stone last at one stage to claim a most exciting victory.

Having had a collission with other former World Champions – including team-mate Lewis Hamilton in lap 7 and Fernando Alonso in the middle part of the race (in accidents where the other party in both cases was forced to retire from the race) – Button pitted six times in all in a race which began under the Safety Car and was to see it come out several more times.

Fans also saw a red flag, as the rain, at times, belted down making any sort of driving completely impossible.

Button, though, showed once more that his silky driving style is up there with the very best when conditions deteriorate. A similar race was enjoyed by those old rain-Gods of Mark Webber and Michael Schumacher who sliced and diced their way through the field at various times for third and fourth respectively, proving that a cool, old, experienced head is important when the heavens open.

But Vettel, sans Safety Cars, looked to have been good enough for all 25 points again and his second place – he has not finished out of the first two positions yet in 2011 – was enough to extend his Championship lead to 60 points, over Canada’s winner, Jenson Button.

Lewis Hamilton, in contrast to his team-mate, had yet another torrid race: during the seven laps he managed to stay out on track, he collided with Mark Webber, and sent the Red Bull man spinning, before attempting to take a near non-existent gap to pass his own team-mate up the outside on the start-finish straight. Button moved over following the racing line, and put his stable-mate into the wall. Speaking after the race, Button said simply that he did not know Hamilton was there, with the spray in his mirrors, and the first thing he knew was when he felt a “bang”.

Hamilton also appeared to make contact with Michael Schumacher in between these other two incidents, in a season which is threatening to become his most erratic since taking the seat at McLaren. At Monaco, Hamilton was something of a liability, and again, in Canada, his driving was, for the most part, overly aggresive to the point of destruction. Hamilton is very much chalk to Button’s cheese, but, at present, while Hamilton tends to out qualify his team-mate, Button is usually best when it counts: on race day.

And so it proved at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve: Button kept finding grip on an slippery surface, and kept fighting his way back time and again when he was knocked out. His raw pace meant he came from fourth place to first in the final few laps, when the intense pressure he put Sebastian Vettel under in the closing stages finally saw the young German’s nerve flinch, momentarily, and Button was all too happy to grab the win as the Red Bull man ran wide at the  first chicane.

2011 looks to be shaping up for a straight shootout between these two most gifted drivers, but, with the side-story of former champs, Alonso and Hamilton, hot on their heels along with the ever-steady Mark Webber. Webber is consistently in the mix at the business end of races, meaning there’s still lots of competition and interest for fans of Formula 1.

For the sport, Vettel’s mistake at the end of 70 laps could not have been more timely: he was in danger of breaking clean away from the pack were he to win. Now, it seems, there just might be a chink in Sebastian Vettel’s armour, which has been created by McLaren’s Jenson Button in the rain of Canada.

Button and the rest of the chasing pack will be hoping to get ahead of Vettel once more at the next Formula 1 race weekend, 24-26 June, when the teams will meet at Valencia, Spain, for the 2011 European Grand Prix: perhaps, following Canada, they will feel more confident that they can.

FIA Formula 1 2011 Canadian Grand Prix – Results


PCtryName#TeamQFast LapPts
1GBRJenson Button4McLaren-Mercedes71:16.95625
2GERSebastian Vettel1Red Bull-Renault11:17.21718
3AUSMark Webber2Red Bull-Renault41:19.57215
4GERMichael Schumacher7Mercedes GP81:19.13812
5RUSVitaly Petrov10Renault101:19.05410
6BRAFelipe Massa6Ferrari31:19.1488
7JAPKamui Kobayashi16Sauber131:20.2136
8ESPJaime Alguersuari19Toro Rosso-Ferrari241:20.3714
9BRARubens Barrichello11Williams-Cosworth161:20.3162
10SUISebastien Buemi18Toro Rosso-Ferrari151:19.5071
11GERNico Rosberg8Mercedes GP61:20.071
12ESPPedro de la Rosa17Sauber171:20.369
13ITAVitantonio Liuzzi23Hispania-Cosworth201:23.419
14INDNarain Karthikeyan22Hispania-Cosworth221:23.116
15BELJerome d’Ambrosio25Virgin-Cosworth231:22.495
16GERTimo Glock24Virgin-Cosworth211:24.590
17ITAJarno Trulli21Lotus-Renault181:22.233
18GBRPaul Di Resta15Force India-Mercedes111:19.395
19VENPastor Maldonado12Williams-Cosworth121:24.265
20GERNick Heidfeld9Renault91:25.135
21GERAdrian Sutil14Force India-Mercedes141:30.171
22ESPFernando Alonso5Ferrari21:34.223
23FINHeikki Kovalainen20Lotus-Renault191:38.460
24GBRLewis Hamilton3McLaren-Mercedes51:37.761
PCtryName#TeamQFast LapTimePts
1GBRJenson Button4McLaren-Mercedes71:16.9564:04:39.53725
2GERSebastian Vettel1Red Bull-Renault11:17.2170:00:02.70918
3AUSMark Webber2Red Bull-Renault41:19.5720:00:13.82815
4GERMichael Schumacher7Mercedes GP81:19.1380:00:14.21912
5RUSVitaly Petrov10Renault101:19.0540:00:20.39510
6BRAFelipe Massa6Ferrari31:19.1480:00:33.2258
7JAPKamui Kobayashi16Sauber131:20.2130:00:33.2706
8ESPJaime Alguersuari19Toro Rosso-Ferrari241:20.3710:00:35.9644
9BRARubens Barrichello11Williams-Cosworth161:20.3160:00:45.1172
10SUISebastien Buemi18Toro Rosso-Ferrari151:19.5070:00:47.0561
11GERNico Rosberg8Mercedes GP61:20.0710:00:50.454
12ESPPedro de la Rosa17Sauber171:20.3690:01:03.607
13ITAVitantonio Liuzzi23Hispania-Cosworth201:23.419lapped
14INDNarain Karthikeyan22Hispania-Cosworth221:23.116lapped
15BELJerome d’Ambrosio25Virgin-Cosworth231:22.495lapped
16GERTimo Glock24Virgin-Cosworth211:24.590lapped
17ITAJarno Trulli21Lotus-Renault181:22.233lapped
18GBRPaul Di Resta15Force India-Mercedes111:19.395crash, 67 laps
19VENPastor Maldonado12Williams-Cosworth121:24.265retired, 61 laps
20GERNick Heidfeld9Renault91:25.135crash, 55 laps
21GERAdrian Sutil14Force India-Mercedes141:30.171retired, 49 laps
22ESPFernando Alonso5Ferrari21:34.223crash, 36 laps
23FINHeikki Kovalainen20Lotus-Renault191:38.460retired, 28 laps
24GBRLewis Hamilton3McLaren-Mercedes51:37.761retired, 7 laps

FIA 2011 Formula One Drivers’ World Championship – Standings After Round 7, Canada


1Sebastian VettelGERRed Bull-Renault161
2Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren-Mercedes101
3Mark WebberAUSRed Bull-Renault94
4Lewis HamiltonGBRMcLaren-Mercedes85
5Fernando AlonsoESPFerrari69
6Felipe MassaBRAFerrari32
7Vitaly PetrovRUSRenault31
8Nick HeidfeldGERRenault29
9Michael SchumacherGBRMercedes GP26
10Nico RosbergGERMercedes GP26
11Kamui KobayashiJAPSauber25
12Adrian SutilGERForce India-Mercedes8
13Sebastien BuemiSUIToro Rosso-Ferrari8
14Jaime AlguersuariESPToro Rosso-Ferrari4
15Rubens BarrichelloBRAWilliams-Cosworth4
16Sergio PerezMEXSauber2
17Paul Di RestaGBRForce India-Mercedes2
18Pedro de la RosaESPSauber0
19Jarno TrulliITALotus-Renault0
20Vitantonio LiuzziITAHispania-Cosworth0
21Jerome d’AmbrosioBELVirgin-Cosworth0
22Heikki KovalainenFINLotus-Renault0
23Narain KarthikeyanINDHispania-Cosworth0
24Pastor MaldonadoVENWilliams-Cosworth0
25Timo GlockGERVirgin-Cosworth0

FIA 2011 Formula One Constructors’ World Championship – Standings After Round 7, Canada


1Red Bull-Renault255
5Mercedes GP52
7Toro Rosso-Ferrari12
8Force India-Mercedes10

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