Jenson Button took a stunning victory in a dramatic, rain-affected Canadian Grand Prix by passing Sebastian Vettel on the last lap of a very exciting race.
Vettel’s Red Bull ran wide under pressure to gift the win to Button, who recovered after a collision with McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
Red Bull’s Mark Webber was third to deprive Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher of a podium place since the Japanese Grand Prix in 2006!
An incident-packed race saw the safety car used five times and included a two-hour red flag session due to heavy rain. Button himself made five pit stops on his way to victory as well as an enforced visit to the pits for a drive-through penalty for speeding under the safety car.
Button described the win as possibly the best of his career.
The drama in one of the most sensational races for years began almost as soon as the drivers were released on lap five, and Hamilton was at the centre of it.
First he collided with Webber, who gave him room at the first corner only for the McLaren to slip off the kerb and into the Australian.
Webber spun and Hamilton had to go around the outside of the Red Bull, rejoining behind Button.
Determined to make up ground, Hamilton pressed his team-mate hard. Button made a mistake at the final chicane at the end of lap eight and Hamilton saw his chance.
He dodged out from behind Button to his team-mate’s left but Button continued on the racing line, edging towards the pit wall, apparently looking in his mirror.
Hamilton kept coming and became pincered between Button and the pit wall. The two cars collided, spraying debris over the track.
“What is he doing?” screamed Button on his radio. After the race, he said he had not seen Hamilton but that they had spoken in the two-hour stoppage and agreed it was “just one of those things”.
Vettel now leads the championship by 60 points from Button.
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