13 Jun 2011

Jenson Button’s sensational victory at the Canadian GP


I don’t know how many of you guys follow Formula One and watched the Canadian Grand Prix the other day but… all I can tell you is that it was a truly epic race, definitely one of the best races I’ve ever seen. Heavy rain, a track just too wet for a boring grand prix, a lot of crashes, many crazy overtaking moves and a lot of laps spent behind the safety car while all gaps were reduced to zero.

The hero of the race (and maybe even the troll) was Jenson Button who produced a remarkable victory in this chaotic Canadian Grand Prix taking the lead from Sebastian Vettel in the final lap of the race after an amazing comeback that might go down as one of the finest ever F1 performances.

During the race Button came through two crashes – one with his team mate Lewis Hamilton and one with Fernando Alonso, with both drivers out of the race after these accidents with Jenson. He also received a drive through penalty for speeding behind the safety car which dropped him to the last place at some point and… he went through the pitlanes six times during the race.

There were punctures, he had to change his front wing after an accident and from the last place to the first he had to overtake many, many people driving fantastically well, almost flying on the circuit. Six laps to go he was fourth with Webber, Schumacher and Vettel in front of him. After overtaking the first two in just two laps, he caught Vettel in the final two laps of the race and took the lead with half a lap to go after Vettel ran wide on the wet part of the circuit when he was under pressure from the Briton.

Piers Morgan best summarized Button’s amazing victory on Twitter: “6 pit stops, 2 collisions, then overtook 2 Germans and an Aussie to go from 21st to 1st.”

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