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GP Week : Issue 120
JENSON Button may well have to watch yesterday’s Canadian Grand Prix back on video to figure out just how he came away with one of the most sensational victories in recent years. Button came from the very back of the field just after half-distance to take the lead for the very first time with just over half a lap to go. The Briton had to battle through five safety car periods, a collision with team- mate Hamilton, a two-hour red flag stoppage, a drive-through penalty, a collision with Fernando Alonso and a post- race stewards enquiry to take his tenth career victory and first since last year’s Chinese Grand Prix. Next door, there were contrasting emotions from Red Bull’s drivers, after reigning champion Sebastian Vettel had to settle for second having lost the lead on the final lap, while team-mate Webber rescued an impressive third following a first-corner fracas on lap one of the race. Up until the final lap, Vettel had led 68 of the 69 racing laps, having overcome rain, safety cars and red flags to put himself on course for a sixth win of the year. Any celebrations he might have planned were premature however, as he was unable to hold onto the lead under relentless pressure from McLaren’s Jenson Button on the final lap. He was understandably disappointed after putting a wheel on the damp surface at turn 4, ultimately costing him the win. “O f course I’m disappointed. I think it was a very difficult race from start to finish and we led every single lap, apart from the last one, or part of the last one,” sad Vettel. “I think I was probably too conservative when I was in the lead after the last safety car; I didn’t open the gap enough and was trying to hold the gap to the cars behind. Then I saw Jenson coming through, I was pushing and thought it would be enough to the end, but obviously it wasn’t, as I made a mistake.” Webber on the other hand admitted that third place was the best he could have hoped for, having been unable to keep the flying Button behind in the closing laps. “It was a pretty good fight with Michael, we both wanted the same bit of track when we were braking for the chicane, but when JB arrived, he was absolutely flying,” he said. “ Today’s result means plenty of points for the team and it’s a good result, so I’m pretty happy with that.” Contrasting emotions! Button survives friendly fire to win from the back; Vettel errs under pressure 26