|Jenson Button crossing the line to win in Montreal, capping off a fabulous |
Despite an eventful practice and qualifying sessions, that wasn’t a patch on the action which was about to unfold. Rain had fallen consistently overnight and the track was wet. As a result of this, a safety car start was declared by race director, Charlie Whiting.
Button was on the intermediate tyres at this point, and Alonso, Sutil, Rosberg, Schumacher and Webber had followed him in. This proved to be a bad move as the rain began to intensify with 24 laps gone. The safety car was brought out initially, however when it became clear that the rain was going nowhere for the time being, the red flag was waved for the second race in a row.
|The race was stopped for over two hours|
When the safety car returned to the pits, Vettel once more pulled out a comfortable lead on Kobayashi. Button had passed de la Rosa on the restart, and the majority of the field elected to pit for the intermediate tyres on the now drying track. This put Button and Alonso close together, and Alonso attempting a seemingly impossible move resulted in the Ferrari pointing backwards into the wall and a puncture for Button. Another pitstop for Button resulted and at this point, he was 21st and last.
With Schumacher in second, it was unlikely that he would hold onto his podium position with both Button and Webber behind. This combined with the Drag Reduction System meant that he was a sitting duck on the back straight, and Button passed easily.
|The top three line up with Paddy Lowe of McLaren on the |
Regardless of the championship, Button had won and had been the best driver on the day. The season continues with the European Grand Prix in two weeks from Valencia.
Vettel’s championship lead is at 60 points over Jenson Button (Vettel on 161pts). Mark Webber lies third (94), Hamilton fourth (85), Alonso fifth (69), Massa sixth (32), Petrov seventh (31) and Heidfeld eighth (29).
This was certainly a race that will live long in the memory of those who watched it. It will also go down in history books as the longest Grand Prix of all time.