Jenson Button took a dramatic victory at an elongated Canadian Grand Prix after snatching victory on the last lap when Sebastian Vettel made an uncharacteristic mistake at turn five in damp conditions.
The race was postponed for over two hours due to a deluge at the circuit, but the finale was well worth the wait as McLaren’s Button came back from six pit stops to take the most hard-earned victory of his career. Vettel held on for second but was left kicking himself after leading the vast majority of the race only to lose control on the last lap as he came under relentless pressure from the McLaren.
Mark Webber took third in the second Red Bull after an enthralling battle with Michael Schumacher that saw the seven-time world champion miss out on the first podium of his comeback by 0.3 seconds.
But Button was by far and away the man of the race, fighting from last place on lap 40 to victory on lap 70. His race did not pass without incident however, as he came together with his team-mate Lewis Hamilton before the rain stoppage in an accident that put Hamilton out of the race. He went on to tangle with Fernando Alonso after the restart and puntured his left-front tyre, dropping him to last place while the Ferrari was forced to retire. Post-race investigations by the stewards ruled that both collisions were racing incidents.
But from that point onwards Button was on another level, changing to slick tyres early and making the most of the McLaren’s wet-weather setup to take risk after risk and bully his way through the field. Safety cars also played their part and helped Button reduce gaps to the cars in front at several points of the race.