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Andrew Benson | 02:14 UK time, Monday, 13 June 2011

One of the most spectacular races in a very long time produced an appropriately stunning win from Jenson Button in the Canadian Grand Prix.

The McLaren driver came from last place to first in the space of 30 amazing laps on a track that, while it regularly produces the best race of the Formula 1 season, has never produced a race quite like this one.

It will surely go down as one of the most amazing grands prix in history and Button's performance matched it.

For a long, long time, Sebastian Vettel appeared to be on the way to another imperious victory, but the German made his first mistake in what has been a virtually flawless season to hand his English rival a fully deserved victory half way around the last lap.


"An amazing day," said a scarcely believing Button as he sat down in front of the media a few minutes after climbing out of the car.


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And as if to underline just how incredible it was, how much the end result turned on the right decisions and the right breaks at the right time, the heavens opened again no more than an hour after the end of the race, in even more dramatic fashion than they had in the course of an afternoon that left almost everyone involved dizzy.

For more than half the race, Button appeared completely out of contention.

He collided with team-mate Lewis Hamilton - an incident for which he apologised even though it appeared to be at least as much Hamilton's fault; made five pit stops to change tyres; survived a collision with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso; and visited the pits a further time to serve a drive-through penalty for going too fast when the safety car was deployed.

Button was last at the penultimate of four restarts under the safety car, with 30 laps to go.

And yet he sliced through the backmarkers with the clinical precision he displays when he is on top form and timed a final pit stop to change to slick tyres perfectly - only one lap after Mark Webber made the call himself, one that was instrumental in moving Vettel's team-mate from the midfield into podium contention.

Those final 20 laps were some of the most exhilarating I have witnessed since I started watching F1 30 or so years ago, as Button closed in on the lead at a pace Webber described as "on a different planet from the rest of us".

With 15 laps to go, Vettel looked unassailable as he pulled away in the lead and Button homed in on a battling Michael Schumacher, who produced by far the most convincing drive of his comeback so far, and Webber.

A final safety car on lap 57 was what put Button into victory contention. He would have easily passed Schumacher and Webber, but the safety car reduced Vettel's lead from a probably uncatchable 10 seconds to zero.

At the restart, the German pulled it out to 3.1 seconds again while Button battled to get past Webber and Schumacher but the Englishman was in range.

He closed remorselessly in - 1.6secs, 1.3secs, 1.1secs, 0.9secs - and Vettel buckled under the pressure.

Hamilton paid generous tribute afterwards. "Jenson drove absolutely amazing," he told BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz as he filmed his behind the scenes report for this website.

"With all the commotion going on, the pressure he put on Vettel at the end, I knew he was going to get him."

Despite his error, Vettel is still in a very strong position in the championship. He actually extended his lead by two points and is now two wins and a fifth place clear of his closest rival, which is now Button following Hamilton's retirement.

His mistake proves that he is beatable if he is pushed hard enough, as was the case last year.

But Hamilton - who still seems the man with the biggest chance of overhauling him for all Button's genius on Sunday - will need to get his act together again if he is to do so.

His controversial collision with Button led to his visiting the race stewards to explain his actions for the sixth time in seven races - an extension of a record that led to the McLaren driver coming out with his now-infamous Ali G remarks after the last race in Monaco.

In the midst of Hamilton's reaction, one phrase was particularly telling. Where does your season go from here, he was asked. "Onwards and upwards," he replied. "Go to the next one and try to stay out of trouble."

Hamilton at least finished an incident-packed race in Monaco. In Canada, where in hindsight he could have won, there were more errors.

He was in the wars as soon as the drivers were released following a safety car start, colliding with Webber in an incident Hamilton admitted was his fault.

Two laps later, as he fought to make up lost ground, came the collision with Button.

It was a racing incident - Button should probably have seen Hamilton, who should probably have realised the gap was going to close.

But who was to blame is not really the point. Hamilton does seem to have turned into a magnet for trouble this year, and there seems little doubt that the situation is arising out of frustration at helplessly watching another title slip away.

Be that as it may, a slight change of approach is required if Hamilton is to deliver fully his fantastic potential.

"It's the nature of Lewis's attacking style," said David Coulthard as he analysed the Button-Hamilton collision on BBC One. "It's easy to knock someone when they're involved in a series of incidents, but it's why Lewis has so many fans around the world.

"This is just a phase he's going through. He believes he's the best driver in the world. Right now McLaren are not able to give him a winning car, and he's getting frustrated.

Lewis Hamilton was penalised twice by the stewards at the Monaco Grand Prix a fortnight ago

Lewis Hamilton was penalised twice by the stewards at the Monaco Grand Prix a fortnight ago. Photo: Getty

"He wants to win, and that passion, that drive, is what's causing him to get up close and personal with other cars. If I was his management, I'd be saying: 'Chill. Everyone knows you're a great driver, just enjoy it.'"

Heading into the weekend, Hamilton named Ayrton Senna and Gilles Villeneuve as two legendary drivers to whom he would like to be compared.

Undoubtedly Hamilton shares their speed, their verve, their charisma, and their good looks. But he also shares their occasional tendency to go over the limit.

That is, of course, what has given all three their enormous global appeal but in all three cases it also led to races lost through going too far.

Hamilton might well think he fancies his chances against Vettel in a Red Bull.

And, brilliantly as the world champion is driving at the moment, Hamilton is not alone in thinking that is with good reason. What a battle it would be.

But, apparently under contract to McLaren until the end of next season, that prospect is probably not a possibility for the foreseeable future.

Hamilton has to do battle with what he has and make the most of it. If he is to do that, he must stop fretting about Vettel and relax into his racing. In that, he could learn a thing or two from his team-mate.

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  • Comment number 1.

    I'm in two minds about this one. On the one hand, totally magical race - it had everything - tension, unpredictability, midfield racers up there, photo finishes, last minute dramas - and of course the moment we have been looking forward to all season - Sebastian Vettel cracking under pressure :) It even had a tubby marshal tripping over... twice... and not bothering to get up a third time and accepting his fate of being run over by a rather bemused Kobayashi (who by the way, was hard done by in the end - put the guy in a better car and then we'll see his race pace).

    But when all the excitement has died down, we go to the stats - and even with Vettel "losing" this race, he has still actually widened the gap between himself and 2nd place - Hamilton not scoring meant Button leapfrogging him, but also allowed Vettel to increase the gap, from 58 to 60 points. It's like there is no way of beating that Finger - even when you're beating him.

  • Comment number 2.

    feeling let down by the coverage today. Switching channels half way through is no good - I was recording the show on BBC1!
    Tried to watch it on iPlayer, but it just stutters to a halt. And to add injury to insult, the download button is greyed out, so I can't watch it at all.
    Thanks a bunch.

  • Comment number 3.

    "But Hamilton - who still seems the man with the biggest chance of overhauling him for all Button's genius on Sunday - will need to get his act together again if he is to do so."
    what does Button have to do before people start to rate him? It's fairly unlikely that anyone can beat Vettel but Button is second in the championship.
    In the end Button needs to do what he did in Canada & drive a bit more agressively, a bit more like Hamilton. Hamilton on the other hand needs to calm down & drive a bit more like Button, I see no reason to assume that Hamilton can improve but to write Button off & assume he can't. Both of them need the McLaren to improve relative to the Red Bull, unless Vettel suddenly has a lot of bad luck then they'll need a superior car to catch & pass him pointwise. Alonso just needs to drive like Alonso but he needs the Ferrari to dramatically improve if he's to be a contender.

  • Comment number 4.

    What a farce, what a joke. Starting under the safety car and complaining about rain on visors? Boring. Switch over. I watched the MotoGP at Silverstone earlier in the day, admittedly the rain conditions were not as severe as at Montreal, but it was bad enough - here we see 2 wheel action doing some serious speeds on standing water, amazing crashes and more amazing saves, with much less technology supporting the rider. It's men and boys stuff in comparison. For entertainment and the true spirit of racing it baffles me why the BBC laude the F1 soooo much, but thankyou for showing us some real action a MotoGP - please grow your motorbike coverage.

  • Comment number 5.

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  • Comment number 6.

    Please, there were 3 or 4 drivers under investigation after the race, including Button, but no mention of the results of those investigations. I assume that Button was not sanctioned, but it might be nice to mention these things in the report somewhere as, potentially, any time sanction could have changed the race result!

  • Comment number 7.

    Hats off to the BBC. Fantastic coverage of an epic race. MB and DC did a great job of covering alot of time with no racing. Must be buttons best win ever, and shows vettel is human after all !!! Bring on more rain.

  • Comment number 8.

    Brilliant race, well done Jenson who really is on a different planet on a drying track.

    Also well done BBC for sticking with the coverage. Paid off after all the waiting, one of the best races ever surely?

  • Comment number 9.

    Can the BBC try and remember they also have the race on the HD channel.

    We were told that the race was moving to BBC2, but they didnt mention what channel the HD broadcast was moving too until after the switch ie I switched to BBC2 then they said the HD broadcast would continue on BBCHD.

    Its not a major critism, just an observation more than anything.

    anyway, Fantastic race, some great commentory, more please!

  • Comment number 10.

    Happy for Button. With all the pit stops, its amazing he finished on top. Hopefully, he can build on this and put some sort of pressure on Vettel on the following races.

    I have been following F1 for a while, this is the first time I watched the race this year. May be I am old school, but DRS is so artificial. I'm sure it allows more overtaking. But not allowing the front driver to use his DRS, is so unfair to the driver in front who has gained the lead by driving the car faster. Don't get me wrong, I am very happy for Button, I hope he can continue his good work and pose some challenge on Vettel. But DRS is so unfair and in my view its not racing ...

  • Comment number 11.

    Well, the marshal's incident with Kobayashi made me chuckle. Falling over once in the face of an oncoming F1 car is bad enough, but twice? Self-preservation must kick in at some point, surely?

    Well done to the commentary team too. Filling in all that time isn't something I'd want to do, and it didn't seem to drag too much :)

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  • Comment number 15.

    What an amazing race, exciting, breathless and the drive of his life by Button. As Vettel cracked and Button sailed through even I punched the air and I rarely get that excited about F1 these days. That was one of the greatest drives I have ever seen, with one drive through and 5 pit stops, Button came from the back of the race at one point to win
    With such awful weather conditions, driving skills were to the fore and thankfully no serious injuries to speak of.
    BBC coverage was fantasic as always, a lot of non racing time to fill and under the circumstances they could not have done better.
    Now if only it was like that every week.

  • Comment number 16.

    Finally got the iPlayer coverage - and wasn't it worth the wait!

    Outstanding driving from Button, coming through from last to sixth in what, 10 laps? Can't fault him for either incident either - Alonso turned across his bow & it seemed to me that Hamilton touched the paint / grass along the trackside, causing him to slip to the right.

    Vettel hadn't put a foot wrong and would have been entitled to the win - I guess he got a little lucky in Monaco and a little unlucky today - but it's great to see some competition. I would love for Jenson to go on to mount a serious challenge.

  • Comment number 17.

    Andrew,

    Can't help but feel you are slightly anti Hamilton?

    Everyone, including you seem to have a lot negative to say about him.
    It's all very well and good sitting round criticising his driving, but if he wasn't in the sport, we would all be craving someone with his talent and personality.

    Lewis has pulled off some stunning moves, and as we know, some haven't come off quite as well as he'd hoped for. But this is what makes the fans like him, at least he makes an effort to be an exciting racer. If you take that away from him, I don't think we would appreciate his talent so much.

    People should lay off Lewis, as it is good to have these sort of drivers in the sport; it does it good.

  • Comment number 18.

    @dane - Take that tin-foil hat off mate! There may well be many in the BBC who favour Button; but at the very least Brundle and Coulthard are not among them, nor is Benson for that matter.

    In fact, Brundle in particular is actually a massive fan of Lewis. You could tell he wanted to blame Button for that incident between the two McLaren drivers when he was looking at the replays. The end result from the stewards was the right one - racing incident.

    Cracking read, Andrew, as always. :-)

  • Comment number 19.

    I was waiting for a MotoGPcomment, the only technolgy the cars have to help them in these conditions is four wheels! And the bikes have TC.

    Completely different type of racing, both highly skilled, and great to watch, but much more of a bone breaker, but you cannot compare the two.

    Fantastic driving by Button.

  • Comment number 20.

    benson. you need to stop over selling hamilton. he is never ever ever going to be in the same league as senna. I am sick of seeing vettels closest rivals not scoring. How about vettels closest rival beat him in canada!!!!! Button deserves far more credit than he's getting. Yesterdays race was world class. the drive of a great driver. he was great in monaco too and it wasn't mentioned- again all about bloody hamilton!!! If it wasn't for the restart button would've won, then vettels closest rival would've been even closer. It's time these so called pundits assessed these drivers fairly and honestly which is definately not the case at the moment. Button is as good as hamilton, vettel and alonso and should be given the acolade he deserves as a great world champion and a great f1 driver. Benson.........shame on you and the other pundits for over selling and analysing the most fashionable names, rather than the best drivers.

  • Comment number 21.

    No complaints, no pontificating about what he did or didn't do. This was straight up, a gripping race, great driving, packed with incidents, and just incredible to watch a man drive with so much determination. Jenson knew he wouldnt catch Vettel before the SC was deployed, but he did everything in his power to try; he caught a break with the SC.

    I was on the edge of my seat until the last minute, then I was up giving a cheer, it was splendid.

  • Comment number 22.

    Pleased for Button,in circumstances a great drive, but all is relative. In the rain 'break' I channel hopped to ITV4's TT highlights programme. Sidecar TT: no gravel traps, no armco, downforce provided by bloke shifting his bum in the 'car, astonishing bravery and skill. At the end..rider beams into camera and says 'that wer fun!!' F1 should run in all weathers: it is for the drivers to drive appropriately. If they cannot judge that fine line, they should'nt be there.

  • Comment number 23.

    a faster car for Hamilton? - that would be ever more dangerous as it appears that he cannot control the one that he has.


  • Comment number 24.

    @fromtheedgeofthefen

    'If they cannot judge that fine line, they should'nt be there.'

    There was no fine line - you could have gone punting at the hairpin the water was that deep. No motor sport in their right mind would race through the depths of water created there.

    Also, you have to consider the visibility, F1 cars throw up and incredible wall of water even at low speed; you must have seen the camera shots from in the car. I did and I couldnt see anything. You cannot race each other in those conditions; therefore the right thing to do was stop it until conditions became competitive.



  • Comment number 25.

    3 words:
    Jenson - absolutely brilliant.

  • Comment number 26.

    With the obvious exception of the amazing final 20 laps, this race a total farce.
    I totally gave up on the coverage after the succession of stops and starts, and it was only by chance I flicked on to the Red button in time for the last 20 laps, lucky!

    Apart from the Button charge thoughm this race was incredibly dull. It all played out exactly as the qualifying said it would, with a couple of retirements.

    For all of the potential excitement in DRS and KERS, the new tyres have made it all very much about the strategy again, and not enough about the driver.
    I pray for rain at EVERY single race from now on, as this is the only way we get some genuine excitement, and some genuine racing.

  • Comment number 27.

    Stunning race, just watched the hi-lights on the site. Brilliant win for JB, very pleased and hope this gives him the boost that he needs to take the fight with Lewis to the Red Bulls. Honourable mentions to DIR & KOB and I bet ALG is happy with the points that ma secure his seat for a few more races.

  • Comment number 28.

    22.At 07:58 13th Jun 2011, fromtheedgeofthefen -

    really you need to get your brain adjusted - TT sidecar is of course a brilliant spectacle on public roads but too often it ends in death. Do you want that on your TV every second Sunday?
    Also it may have escaped your notice that trying too 'race' through 6" of water is not possible in an F1 car. Your TT riders wouldn't have bothered either!

  • Comment number 29.

    Thoroughly disappointed with the result with respect to Lewis. He just can't catch a break at the moment.
    The incident with Button was marginal and should probably be left as a racing incident, even though Button was a little dopey not leaving enough room after checking his mirrors on the exit of the last turn.
    Lewis needs to refocus for the next few races. He is trying too hard to make up the shortfall in his team's deficiencies, both with the car and it's operational performance, which has been well below par under the ineffective leadership of Whitmarsh.
    McLaren's strategic and operational blundering is starting to build like a shopping list of incompetence, inefficiency and poor leadership.
    This is no doubt having a massive effect on Hamilton's psyche, as he looks to be a driver who is totally frustrated with having the talent to compete, without the necessary equipment and team support.
    As for Button, he clearly drove a great race but can seldom produce these performances under normal racing circumstances.
    Clearly the McLaren generates better dry tyre temperature on a drying track, which accounts for Button's phenomenal closing speed at the end of the race.
    I'm sure many Button fans will feel disheartened when people still talk about Lewis after a drive like that from Button.
    However, the statistics don't lie and the reality is Button has only ever won for Mclaren in wet or changeable conditions and drives like Canada are few and far between.

  • Comment number 30.

    'Really you sound like a bit of a racist with this "manchild" comment?'

    'Can't help but feel you are slightly anti Hamilton?'

    The nutters are out this morning, predictable really given Button's fantastic effort yesterday, they simply cannot comprehend or understand how this can happen?

    These people need to grow up and give credit where is due, well done Jenson and well done to Michael great drives in those conditions.

  • Comment number 31.

    Interesting thoughts here on Hamilton. To me, the Webber incident looked like a standard racing incident: two drivers going for the same space. The one with Button looked frighteningly similar to one that Schumaker was involved in a few races back. When Hamilton tried to go through, there was a gap, but Button went across and across and pushed him into the wall. It was obvious from Button's reaction that he had no idea that Hamilton was there.

    In Monaco it was hard to know whether to be stunned at Hamilton's audaciousness trying to pass Massa where no one would have tried (and almost pulling it off), or wonder what he was thinking of. One incident is understandable, but he's lost points here that he should have gained and had one incident after another.

    There is a fine line between making brave attacking moves and being reckless. That said, too many normal racing incidents are being investigated: part of the excitement of the sport is seeing drivers going wheel-to-wheel and sometimes hitting each other.

    As for Jenson Button: what can you say? Vettel is human after all! I just wonder if Vettel's tyres were going off very quickly and he was struggling a bit for grip at the end. He had slowed a lot and it was not normal that he should make such a big error when he only had to hold off the challenger for a few more turns. Great stuff for Jenson to chase him down and a remarkable tactical race, although those extra passes through the pit lane would normally have been a disaster without safety cars. However, you maake your own luck in this game.

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  • Comment number 33.

    trully a great race well done button on a fantastic drive. please dont be to harsh on lewis he's a racer and thats why we love him, webber crash was his fault but there was nothing he could do about jenson. i think if that was lewis's car infront lewis would still be getting the blame for squeezing him lol. looking forward to silverstone was there sunday to watch motogp and its looking fantastic

  • Comment number 34.

    fantastic racing. the only negative would be the drs zones - i think the race would have been even better if the 2nd drs zone had been available to the passed driver rather than the passer from the first zone, but none the less, GREAT race. what made it even better was that that stupid idiot, hamilton, crashed out so early.

  • Comment number 35.

    A bit surprised that Jenson Button thinks his 'best race' win is one where an error by the driver in front gifted him the win, albeit due to the pressure imposed by the McLaren driver.

    The event was, however, ruined by Charlie Whiting's ridiculous overcaution - almost seemed designed to diminish the driver effect in favour of retaining the usual 'preordained' hierarchy ("the car is the thing") - which certainly destroyed any realistic chance of the regenmeister tackling the young pretender to his crown as best ever [German]....


    Charlie Whiting - the man who writes the rules - trying desperately to overcome the image of a buffoon, arising from his incompetent drafting of the safety car rule last year (cf. Monaco, last lap) and this year's blown exhaust rule. What does he know (and about whom) that is keeping him in his job?

  • Comment number 36.

    Stunning race, just watched the hi-lights on the site. Brilliant win for JB, very pleased and hope this gives him the boost that he needs to take the fight with Lewis to the Red Bulls. Honourable mentions to DIR & KOB and I bet ALG is happy with the points that ma secure his seat for a few more races.

  • Comment number 37.

    Happy to admit that as a huge Hamilton fan I am feeling very frustrated about the last 2 races. Certainly in Montreal Lewis should have been more patient than he was. However I think Button knew what he was doing and I also think that too many 'racing incidents' are being investigated by the stewards. I truly believe that if it had been Hamilton involved in the Button-Alonso clash and not Button, he would have been penalised for it by the stewards. There are some double standards going on here.

    And with regard to the Brundle/Coulthard bias towards Jenson - you don't have to be a genius to know that DC and JB have been best mates for over 10 years - DC cannot possibly provide objective commenting on JB hence his constant fence-sitting. Brundles not much better I am afraid they are all great mates and there is a definite reluctance to criticise Button.

    Imagine if Lewis had done what button did - all anyone would've been talking about as he crossed the line would have been- will he get a penalty for the Alonso incident? No-one mentioned this when Button crossed the line and what a surprise no penalty from the stewards. Would Lewis have got away with it? Absolutely no way!!!!!

  • Comment number 38.

    If Martin Brundle is right about JB seeing Hamilton coming at him, what is the difference between Sunday's incident and the Schumacher-Barrichello incident last year (driver in front closing a gap up against the pit wall).

    Schumi was treated as though he had deliberately tried to cause a crash (which didn't actually happen), Button as though he was ruthless but fair....

    In both cases, if a gap is disappearing, it is up to the driver behind to get out of the throttle.

    My view is that Barrichello was to blame last year, and Hamilton yesterday..... (But the stewards decided otherwise last year, and must surely take Button to task this time; otherwise, they might as well declare that decisions of both fact and opinion will be made on the basis of personal prejudices.)

  • Comment number 39.

    Hi Andrew,
    Cracking Grand Prix, well done Jensen well deserved, feel sorry for Lewis again, it seems that Lewis is going through that stage, what every driver goes through, it will pass, have been a fan of Lewis and Jensen and McLaren for a long time and have seen other MclLaren drivers have their bad periods, Lewis is a great racer but at the moment he just seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, come on Lewis get your head together and get back in the groove.....

  • Comment number 40.

    I must be absolutely insane. Did I watch the same race as everyone else (and in particular David Coulthard). How is Lewis Hamilton at fault for Button clearly driving into him? Hamilton has the drive out of the corner and is clearly going fast enough, and Hamilton clearly is along side Button (and going fast enough to overtake him), and Button just continues to turn into the wall. If Button couldn't see Hamilton, that's fine, and that's a racing error, and all is said and done, but how can Hamilton POSSIBLY be at fault? That would be similar to saying that Barichello was at fault when Schumacher almost killed him last year!

    Either I'm incapable of seeing, or there is something rather fishy about the commentary going on here. Is it racism? Probably not - but what seems more likely is something I cannot help but notice: the F1 journalist's endless positivity about any race however boring or circus-like. Yesterday's race was not 'stunning', it was a circus. Button was completely at fault in taking one driver off the track and was then at least as culpable in the Alonso incident as say, Hamilton was last year in Singapore v Webber (difference being that once again, Hamilton was blamed)! Why do we always have to praise the winner even when clearly he wasn't perfect? Why do we always have to praise the race even when it was an artificial load of drivel produced by bizarre rules rather than brilliant racing?

    At Monaco, Button could well have won if not for these ridiculous red flag rules, and I'd have applauded him in doing so, but for a race where he was involved in two incidents (one of which I am adamant was totally his fault even if there are many mitigating circumstances) I feel only happy that someone other than Vettel has won.

  • Comment number 41.

    Great Race and well done to the BBC team for managing the extended broadcast so well, it is a very tough thing to do. Griping about the move to BBC2 is just that, let's not forget the absolute shambles ITV managed to produce!

    As for Hamilton; he must stop putting his car in places it will get damaged at the beginning of Races. It does not matter whose fault it is when you end up sitting out the rest of the GP. To finish first, first you have to finish..




  • Comment number 42.

    11, You wrote:
    Happy to admit that as a huge Hamilton fan I am feeling very frustrated about the last 2 races. Certainly in Montreal Lewis should have been more patient than he was. However I think Button knew what he was doing and I also think that too many 'racing incidents' are being investigated by the stewards. I truly believe that if it had been Hamilton involved in the Button-Alonso clash and not Button, he would have been penalised for it by the stewards. There are some double standards going on here.

    And with regard to the Brundle/Coulthard bias towards Jenson - you don't have to be a genius to know that DC and JB have been best mates for over 10 years - DC cannot possibly provide objective commenting on JB hence his constant fence-sitting. Brundles not much better I am afraid they are all great mates and there is a definite reluctance to criticise Button.

    Imagine if Lewis had done what button did - all anyone would've been talking about as he crossed the line would have been- will he get a penalty for the Alonso incident? No-one mentioned this when Button crossed the line and what a surprise no penalty from the stewards. Would Lewis have got away with it? Absolutely no way!!!!!

  • Comment number 43.

    "'It's the nature of Lewis's attacking style,' said David Coulthard as he analysed the Button-Hamilton collision on BBC One."

    Or, to put it another way:

    "'It's the nature of Lewis's attacking style,' said David Coulthard as he tried desperately to excuse the poor racecraft of the poor Ali G impressionist."

  • Comment number 44.

    I'm no F1 expert but that got to be the greatest F1 race I've ever watched. Even my wife who's not really bother let out a shriek when Button passed Vettel on the final lap. Button fully deserved the win and he should wake up this morning a very proud man.

    However, Lewis Hamilton need to stop trying to blame everyone else for his misfortune and start looking closer to home. I could understand him crashing out if he tried that manoevre on Vetell but on your own team mate it was ridiculous. Maybe it's because the car isn't as good as the Red Bull but he needs to start driving more with his head and less with his heart.

  • Comment number 45.

    Wow, what a fantastic race, probably hte best I've ever seen in the 40 years I've been watching F1. A well deserved victory for Button - if only he'd won a Monaco too the points table would look more competitive.

    With regards to the incident between Hamilton and Button, I thought it was a racing incidents - if I were to apportion blame perhaps it was more Hamilton's fault, but he's an out and out racer an that's why people love him - so I hope he doesn't change his driving style.

  • Comment number 46.

    Not an expert on Formula 1, and it will probably show in this comment, but i can't help draw an analogy with Lewis and that of a striker who simply just can't find the back of the net at the moment.

    I don't want Lewis to change his style, it is the same style that has led to so many successful and brilliant overtaking moves on the track, but perhaps he should just temper the aggression slightly, just until things start going for him again. He does appear to be trying too hard at the moment, and he needs someone in that Maclaren team to mentor him, and calm him down just a little so he can get back to his best.

  • Comment number 47.

    Perhaps I am, but I suspect I am not the only one who is sick to death with some posters on here vilifying anyone who is not their chosen hero, and/or blindly singing the praises of the person who is.

    Senna was a great driver - with some flaws to his character. As was Schumi, and Prost, and Mansel,l et al. As is Alonso, and Hamilton. As indeed is perhaps Button, albeit one of his 'flaws' might be a lack of aggression, which makes him a 'nice guy' but maybe not achieve his full potential. By all means point out peoples' flaws, but not to the extent of the diatribe of venom that comes out of some peoples' mouths, or rather keyboards, on here.

    I take, as a mere example, the whinge that 'the BBC won't criticise Button'. In fact, had the writer been paying the slightest attention, he would have heard Brundle repeatedly ask for a clip to be replayed because he felt it showed Button looking in his mirror, seeing Hamilton, and pulling across him. (In fact it was inconclusive; he did indeed look, but seemd to turn his head straight perhaps a micro-second before he would have been able to see him; who knows).

    Can I suggest that posts in favour of your loved-ones, or against the drivers who you seem to believe have murdered children or done some equally evil act, would carry more weight if expressed in a way which suggested you at least have some ability to take a rational and balanced view of things.

  • Comment number 48.

    What a fantastic GP. I enjoyed all of it, even the huge break! Brundle and Coulthard did brilliantly filling in all that time and even entertaining me with a spot of ornithology. I didn't even want a bathroom break. Great coverage,

    I really do think you guys are making a mountain out of a molehill about the BBC being 'racist' and 'pro Button'.

    Well done Jenson. What a drive. I can't really explain it. He was (almost) on the right tyre at the right time, just like he won in Hungary in 2006.

    I feel that the Lewis retirement was coming. In his four races here, it's been 1st, retirement, 1st, retirement. However, the main reason is because he made that move on Button. I'm a huge Hamilton fan (and a Mclaren fan as a whole) and I have to say that I thought Button moved over on him. Yes, he may have been taking the racing line and not been able to see anything at all, but, as Brundle pointed out, he looked in his mirror! Even if it was cracked or was full with water surely he could be able to see a broken up image of a Mclaren. I think Hamilton needs to get a solid podium at the next race, clear his head, and continue on. He's had blips like this before.

    Well done to Schumi. I'm pleased for him, and actually was very disappointed not to see him on the podium. Would have been the finishing touch.

    Honourable mentions go to Petrov (not losing it in hard conditions), Kobayashi (unlucky to lose 6th on the line, probably lost a podium in pitting too late), and Alguersuari. He's under so much pressure and to put on a performance like that is a good job. I hope he stays at Toro Rosso till the end of the year, at least. Even if his quali times don't match up to Buemi's. Also Barrichello - he looked on for 6th place until something happened which the BBC failed to show. Good job, Rubinho.

  • Comment number 49.

    Hamilton has to do battle with what he has and make the most of it. If he is to do that, he must stop fretting about Vettel and relax into his racing. In that, he could learn a thing or two from his team-mate.
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    yesss agree the one thing lewis could learn from button... nothing else no tyre management or else
    and we lewis fans are all happy to see you say that lewis will be off elsewhere very soon and that he apparently wants to leave mclaren

    but if he goes to red bull and beat button and mclaren and become wdc it will still be a bristish winning people will still acclaim him and in the end i wonder who the biggest loss will be for...

    lewis will leave... mclaren and button wont win anything... and people will say they were stupid to have let lewis go... lewis goal is biggest that the childish little opinion of yours...

  • Comment number 50.

    I'm no F1 expert but that got to be the greatest F1 race I've ever watched. Even my wife who's not really bother let out a shriek when Button passed Vettel on the final lap. Button fully deserved the win and he should wake up this morning a very proud man.

    However, Lewis Hamilton need to stop trying to blame everyone else for his misfortune and start looking closer to home. I could understand him crashing out if he tried that manoeuvre on Vetell but on your own team mate it was ridiculous. Maybe it's because the car isn't as good as the Red Bull but he needs to start driving more with his head and less with his heart.

  • Comment number 51.

    The incident with LH and JB is not the same as the MS/RB one.

    Last year RB was almost level with MS and MS squeezed him into the wall, and RB was very lucky the wall ended where it did.

    LH was barely level with JB's rear wheel, and still continued into a closing gap, as JB simply held the racing line.

    Good to see all the rabid LH fanboys and their conspiracy theories. Maybe if he stopped driving into people he wouldn't keep getting into trouble...

    It does pain me to say it, but really good drive from MS in this race. His best showing since his comeback.

    All in all, the best race I have seen since the cars started to do the driving with the addition of driver aids. More rain affected races please!

  • Comment number 52.

    Post 47 by telnolies.

    The most sensible thing I've seen written here. I hope at least a few people will take note.

  • Comment number 53.

    'More rain affected races please!'

    Hmmm... good point; Gives me an idea - maybe we should water the track before the race....

    (Ducks) ;-)

  • Comment number 54.

    2.
    At 03:26 13th Jun 2011, GSy wrote:

    feeling let down by the coverage today. Switching channels half way through is no good - I was recording the show on BBC1!
    Tried to watch it on iPlayer, but it just stutters to a halt. And to add injury to insult, the download button is greyed out, so I can't watch it at all.
    Thanks a bunch.
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    Um, put it on series record? It picked up BBC2 quite happily for me...

  • Comment number 55.

    4.
    At 05:51 13th Jun 2011, jorgie72 wrote:

    What a farce, what a joke. Starting under the safety car and complaining about rain on visors? Boring. Switch over. I watched the MotoGP at Silverstone earlier in the day, admittedly the rain conditions were not as severe as at Montreal, but it was bad enough - here we see 2 wheel action doing some serious speeds on standing water, amazing crashes and more amazing saves, with much less technology supporting the rider. It's men and boys stuff in comparison. For entertainment and the true spirit of racing it baffles me why the BBC laude the F1 soooo much, but thankyou for showing us some real action a MotoGP - please grow your motorbike coverage.
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    MotoGP? Like watching snail racing.

  • Comment number 56.

    I'm baffled by the comparison between the Button-Hamilton incident and the one with Schumacher last year. Button continued on the racing line, the same as everyone else. Schumacher moved off-line to push Barrichello towards the wall. For me, if the McLaren-on-McLaren incident was anyone's fault, maybe it was Button's, but I'm a great believer in racing incident, rather than always applying blame. I would apply the same thinking to Lewis colliding with Webber, and to Button colliding with Alonso. Monaco was slightly different, as the gaps Lewis tried to go through didn't really exist - he was on the pavement at the hairpin with Massa, which isn't really where you're supposed to be. My real criticism with Lewis at the moment is that his risk-taking, which leads to great racing, is starting to look a little too risky at times. I think he, like everyone, gets hauled in front of the stewards too readily, but he notices it more because he puts himself in that position far too often. The attempted pass on Schumacher early on was a case in point. Never on, and he only damaged his own race prospects with it.

    #35 - I think what made it special for Button was more the 20 cars he passed en route to getting up behind Vettel than the exact way in which he took the lead. I certainly think it was the best performance of his career.

  • Comment number 57.

    @3 - Let down by the BBC - Whatever Trevor! what an amazing race (in the end) Thrills, Spills and JB Winning! couldn't have been better! They did well to have it live for the whole 5+ hours! Well done JB well done BBC! more of the same please! Fantastic

  • Comment number 58.

    Very enjoyable finale to the race, Button flying and good to see Vettel isn't a machine!

    It's a fair but sober point well made, though, that it actually ends up as a net gain weekend for Vettel again though. If him 'only' finishing second is a major event (and it is), it puts things in perspective!

    Shame to see Schumacher not make the podium, but had the feeling that his car simply wasn't going to be strong enough by the end. 4th is still a good result, and a good race.

  • Comment number 59.

    F1 is not "stock car racing" - Lewis needs to use his head - clearly Button, (and many others), have shown that there is a lot of time in a race to come from behind and win.

    To use well know expression, "you have to be in it to win it" and it's not over until the fat lady sings.

    Why or why cannot Lewis start to use his head - he seems to have become his own worse enemy on and off the track - his attitude does not bode well, (for him), for the rest of the season, (again, on and off the track). - maybe that's what happens (to some) when they become "rich and famous" - he is beginning to alienate his friends, colleagues and supporters - he needs to start listening

  • Comment number 60.

    Button limped home with a flat after the Alonso incident, so surely they would look at that as sufficient punishment. If he had gotten away cleanly, perhaps it would have been a bit more debatable.

    What a race though. Incredible last 12 laps to watch, and to have Button win on the last lap

  • Comment number 61.

    Well done Jenson Button - what a staggering drive. Definitely one of the most exciting F1 races I can remember and that was despite a two hour rain break! For me, it could only have been better if we had seen Schumy on the podium strutting his teutonic stuff as in the old days!
    Too much written on Hamilton yet again. I'm sorry, he basically needs to mature - when will he learn that the other drivers do not share his opinion that they should all move aside to let him through. A little more patience and skill from him yesterday may have seen him on the top step. He only has himself to blame. And what is it with the silly 'beard' (is it holding the rest of his hair on?) - seems image is more important to him than anything else at the moment.

  • Comment number 62.

    Please Please PLEASE can we lose the Hamilton/Button fanatics on this page who just refuse to listen to any reason whatsoever. They are both top-notch drivers, each with very different styles but equally as impressive. As someone previously said, Hamilton could do with being more like Button, and Button more like Hamilton but it is very entertaining to see two racers with such different styles in the same car.

    Oh and please stop this "BBC has bias towards ". Its just not true.

  • Comment number 63.

    Jorgie72..... you forget one thing MotoGP riders have traction control F1 doesn't!!!

  • Comment number 64.

    #60 'and to have Button win on the last lap...'

    That's so often when it seems to happen!



    Yeah of course I know what you meant, but there's nothing like a bit of pedantry to get you going of a morning! ;-)

  • Comment number 65.

    To all those blaming Button for the incident with Lewis, look at the footage, it was shown many times during the rain break. Button clearly looks in his mirror expecting to see Lewis, at this time Lewis is directly behind Button. Button then moves over to the left taking the racing line as Lewis begins his ill fated overtake. Lewis left his move too late, he knows the racing line, (they've all taken it hundreds of times) and that the gap on the left was always going to be reducing. He needed to at least be level with Button to be visible to him and make it stick. He wasn't and therefore should have yielded. Fortunately it only damaged his own chances and not the innocent Jensons.
    As for Button being lucky with the safety car, lets not forget that McClaren gambled on a wet race and set up their cars accordingly, heavy down force which gave them the extra grip and performance from the tyres. EJ was critical of this set-up which compromised McClarens qualifying performance. It turned out to be a critical part of the winning strategy that seems to have been forgotten by many. Had Lewis not sacrificed his chances so early he could equally have been in with a winning chance.

  • Comment number 66.

    As Hamilton would say, (and maybe a quote from him quoting AliG),

    "Respect man"

    now that's rich coming from him

    This season has moved me away from respecting Hamilton in any way - which is a real pity

    He needs to stopping looking in the mirror on his wall and start looking at his racing mirrors.

  • Comment number 67.

    Good point made in post 62. Hamilton needs to be a bit more like Button (a little more relaxed) and Button needs to be a bit more like Hamilton (aggressive..er?)

    They both have their strong races and weak races. Button had a torid time in Korea last year in the wet. Hamilton had his second bad race in a row. Hamilton has been through these bad patches before (Italy, Singapore 2010) and he will get through them. I still believe the championship is still on (one retirement from Vettel and they will be just over a race win behind) but unless the change in the rear diffuser rules at Silverstone really hampers Red Bull, I believe the championship will still go to the German.

  • Comment number 68.

    "A final safety car on lap 57 was what put Button into victory contention. He would have easily passed Schumacher and Webber, but the safety car reduced Vettel's lead from a probably uncatchable 10 seconds to zero.".

    I do not want to disappoint the British F1 fans but without that safety car phase Vettel easily had won that race, sorry !

  • Comment number 69.

    "Perhaps I am, but I suspect I am not the only one who is sick to death with some posters on here vilifying anyone who is not their chosen hero, and/or blindly singing the praises of the person who is."

    Thank god I'm not the only one who thinks that!

    I've seen some of the silliest comments on here ranging from "Senna's death was inevitable" to "BBC commentators are racist" to "Button got lucky" and "Hamilton is being victimised/overrated"

    The fact of the matter is Hamilton is having a bad run, EVERYONE gets that. He will start winning again because he's a damn good driver. Yes he is aggressive and yes he makes mistakes but tell me which one of the driver in the field at the moment have had a flawless career? Button drove very well in tricky conditions and got the rub of the green on a few occasions but by all accounts he should never have been able to win that race BUT he had the skill and a bit of luck and it worked out for him. For anyone to say he didn't earn that win they clearly were watching a different race.

    As for the incidents for me six of one half a dozen of the other. None of us where in Button or Hamilton's car so none of us can say for sure whether the accident was avoidable from either drivers perspective. If it was a dry circuit in optimal conditions then more questions should have been asked but it wasn't. Visibilty was poor and all those saying "He should have seen him coming" are deranged. You've all seen what the view is like from the camera at the tiop of the cars with all that spray, are you telling me it would have been easy to see a car coming up from behind in a split second? As for Hamilton he though he had the drive coming out of the corner and unfortuantely there wasn;t as much space as he though there was. Tough luck, move on.

    I find it very sad the people let ther loyalty for certain drivers cloud their view and not appreciate how talented everyone in that field is. They all bring something to the table which is what makes this sport so interesting.

  • Comment number 70.

    #68...er... and without the stop in Monaco Seb would have lost that one!

    What goes around....

  • Comment number 71.

    I was stoked to see Jenson Button win the Canadian GP, albeit slightly worried that he was going to be penalized for the Alonso situation.

    What I want to discuss mainly is the Safety Car start issue. This was brought in (ironically) at the 1996 Spanish GP and there was a provisio in the regulations that it could be used 'in exceptional circumstances'

    In 1997 these circumstances occurred when twenty minutes before the start in Belgium we had a downpour which stopped before the start. The SC was used for the first three laps and it was considered by Murray and Martin to be fair enough.

    In 2003 we had the introduction of parc-ferme conditions, which meant you couldn't work on the cars but more importantly there was no morning warm-up. The result of all this is since the 2003 season we have had six SC starts the last five in consecutive seasons. This has gone from being 'exceptional circumstances' to almost a tradition!

    What does everybody else think

  • Comment number 72.

    dane There is no conspiracy against Lewis Hamilton, if he stops crashing into people I'm sure he won't be infront of the stewards again. Yes we all know that he's a "racer" and isn't afraid of overtaking, but he needs to actually overtake, and not just put his car in the way (side!) of other. As amply demonstrated by others, with the advent of DRS and Kers there are plenty of genuine opportunities to overtake cleanly without causing "accidents", which in Lewis' case appear anything but.

    I'm sure Lewis could see nothing in his mirrors, so how could he possible expect Jenson to see anyone? Luckily Lewis's stupidity/arrogance/misjudgement didn't ruin Jenson, and the Maclaren team's race, that was an accident, it could have catastrophic given the speed and proximity of the walls on both sides of the pit straight. As it was he was dangerously close to the pit boards.

    I'm afraid my opinion of Lewis fell significantly when he played the "race card" after Monaco. How dare he, he's been world champion, he's priveleged, spoilt, and arrogant, and the minute things don't go his way he gets frustrated and starts to blame everyone else, including by inference, every non-black person in the sport.
    As has been mentioned by others, Lewis is turning into a pale immitation of Senna, someone who would have casued many more accidents had it not been for others backing down to avoid ruining their own race totally. In other words he's accident waiting to happen.

  • Comment number 73.

    so one week hamilton gets penalised for causing an avoidable accident then in the next race button does the same twice but gets nothing .disgraceful. button should be ashamed of himself. he ruined the race for me.

  • Comment number 74.

    I think DC got it right partly by saying "Mclaren are unable to give him the car and he is frustrated.." I think it is not just the performance of the car that has frustrated Hamilton but the overall performance of the team.

    1) They wrecked his Monaco weekend by deciding to keep him in the pits until the last 4 minutes of Q3.
    2) If this was not enough, they called him into pits on Sunday to overtake but lost the plot due to mis-communication. (they had a pretty slow second pit stop as well)
    3) Chose the wrong gear setting in Canada

    I could go on and on but the reality is that Martin Whitmarsh should handle PR and Ron Dennis must take back the leadership. And if this is unacceptable then they should let Lewis go by the end of this season and take over Webber's place.

    And by the way, it is pointless to compare Ham to Senna or Villeneuve. Neither he nor his fans like me need any of that. We just adore him for being Lewis Hamilton. Just that.

  • Comment number 75.

    I went to sleep after the stop on 25 laps and couldnt believe Button had won it. He must have driven a crazy race, although it seems the safety car had helped him massively.
    Also, I dont know why all your blogs are about Hamilton, he was driving completely mad and went out of the race early. Isnt is possible to not talk about him atleast when he doesnt do anything significant in the race?

  • Comment number 76.

    "Button's genius ..." ??? Oh Andrew, I can't take you seriously now. What superlatives do you reserve for Vettel and Alonso then???

    On Hamilton, he now needs to realise that he cannot allow any contact whatsoever during a race, otherwise he will be penalised. The hysteria has reached such a pitch that everyone's gunning for him. Even driver stewards like Fittipaldi and Blundell feel they can stick the boot in, even though they're supposed to be impartial.

    Well done on your win Jenson, you looked like a man who'd just won the lottery. It's still Vettel's though. Even when he has an off-day he still comes second.

  • Comment number 77.

    "Comment number 70.At 09:39 13th Jun 2011, telnolies wrote:
    #68...er... and without the stop in Monaco Seb would have lost that one!

    What goes around....

    In Monaco there is no chance to overrun someone. The victory is made at the qualifying sessions. Who was first and far ahead from its rivals :-)?

  • Comment number 78.

    @13 that's so wrong. firstly, jenson did not say he didn't look, and indeed the cameras confirmed this - he's clearly looking - he said that he didn't see him. that's totally different. secondly, he was on the racing line and didn't move. so why didn't lewis take a different line. in any case, i love hamilton too and i do believe it was a racing incident. but i wanted to counter your blatant misinformation.

    as to moto gp vs F1, i have always been an F1 fan but have always watched bikes and have always had so much respect for them, a lot of the time more so in terms of the danger they put themselves in, racing with broken bones, in the wet, etc. However, in the interests of balance - and i do think they are too pampered in F1 - I think it is worth noting something that mark webber said: the F1 cars create so much more spray than the bikes and it's the visibility that's the problem, not the standing water. in addition, it is worth noting that the undertray that causes cars to aquaplane so badly does not exist in bikes. having said all that, hats off to those bike guys. good race in F1, good weekend all round.

  • Comment number 79.

    Hamilton good looks???

    terrible blog since button far better looking if you are going to bang on about such inane things.

    Plase dont compare the great Senna to Hamilton.

    Very poor blog, thats anti Button and pro hamilton.

    Hamilton comes across a a imature brat, and i hope you tone done your illogical praising of a unlikable Lewis Hamilton.

  • Comment number 80.

    I think DC got it right partly by saying "Mclaren are unable to give him the car and he is frustrated.." I think it is not just the performance of the car that has frustrated Hamilton but the overall performance of the team.

    1) They wrecked his Monaco weekend by deciding to keep him in the pits until the last 4 minutes of Q3.
    2) If this was not enough, they called him into pits on Sunday to overtake but lost the plot due to mis-communication. (they had a pretty slow second pit stop as well)
    3) Chose the wrong gear setting in Canada

    I could go on and on but the reality is that Martin Whitmarsh should handle PR and Ron Dennis must take back the leadership. And if this is unacceptable then they should let Lewis go by the end of this season and take over Webber's place. (For those of you with liberty of time, kindly compare Mclaren and Red Bull pit stops for the last 6 races)

    And by the way, it is pointless to compare Ham to Senna or Villeneuve. Neither he nor his fans like me need any of that. We just adore him for being Lewis Hamilton. Just that.

  • Comment number 81.

    @71 - I do agree it's not really "exceptional circumstances" anymore. However, the Cars are so fast now and the tracks (especially Monaco, Canada) are not modern enough with run off area's etc.. I know it was the same back in the 60's,70's etc.. but were not in those era's anymore! Would it have been a SC start say at Bahrain? (ok it's not likely to rain) but what i'm getting at is the run off area's etc... Given what's happened in the past at Canada (we all know too well) I dont think it was a bad shout to be fair...Rather have a SC start that a mangled dead driver!

  • Comment number 82.

    remember montoya drove fantastic at first then his head got to big for his helmet,where is he now nascar.if hamilton dont buck his ideas up thats where he'll end up .

  • Comment number 83.

    @79 Er what? How is this article anti Button and Pro Hamilton exactly????

  • Comment number 84.

    It will probably come as a surprise to the BBC's sports-oriented mandarins, but the majority of viewers have little more than a passing interest in motor-racing. So why allocate so much prime time on the prime channel to a race on the other side of the Atlantic, elbowing out more popular scheduled programmes such as Songs of Praise and Antiques Roadshow? We cannot understand why such an event could not be broadcast on either BBC3 or BBC4, neither of which start their usual programmes until 7pm.
    I expect we will have the same situation again from next week with a fortnight's wall-to-wall of Wimbledon boredome at the expense of programmes with their own regular followers.

  • Comment number 85.

    Andrew -

    I do sympathise with you. I find it hilarious (but also worrying) that after writing a completely objective piece of sports journalism, you end up being attacked for both pro-Hamilton and anti-Hamilton partisanship at the same time!

    What are you guys reading???

    Does it not occur to any of you that YOU are the ones that are pro or anti-Hamilton not the journalist?

    Lewis compared HIMSELF to Senna and Villeneuve prior to the weekend, so it's absolutely reasonable to bring this up in a report about the Grand Prix.

    Does Andrew at any point say 'I think Lewis is as good as Senna'? No he doesn't. He says he shares some things in common, which - apart from the 'good looks' comment that is totally subjective! - are almost universally accepted.

    I think many of you critics need to start looking at Formula One a little more objectively.

    There is a consensus within F1 and amongst anyone who cares to really research the sport as a fan, that Lewis Hamilton is probably the outright quickest driver in the sport and certainly the most natural racer. Whether you like him or not, closing your eyes, putting your fingers in your ears and shouting "a-la-la-la-la-la-I-can't-hear-you" won't make that go away.

    I am a huge Alonso and Ferrari fan. I have no reason to favour Lewis Hamilton but would I fancy anyone's chances against Lewis in the same car, in terms of raw pace? No.

    However, he is flawed. He makes bad decisions and he often cracks under real pressure.

    What we're seeing by all F1 journalists (not just Andrew), is a discussion of one of the most interesting things in the sport i.e. one of its most talented drivers dealing with the frustration of not winning, trying to build a legacy and recently, showing signs of self-destructing.

    Surely everyone must understand that this is a very relevant subject-matter and is worthy of some objective analysis? Try to see the other side of the coin rather than purely heaping criticism.


  • Comment number 86.

    Hamilton should have some more of that humble pie after another of his soundbites " I'm the only driver that can challenge Vettel" ha ha

    He actually looked average against Webber & the mighty Shumacher!
    He seems more obsessed with celebrities & his ego!

    DRS needs to be scrapped, it would still have been a good race!

  • Comment number 87.

    The BBC is totally biased against Hamilton - it's outrageous! No, wait a minute, the BBC is way too biased in favour of Hamilton!

    Make your minds up everyone!

    I think the fact that both arguments could be made help to show that there is no bias, and it just depends on your subjective opinion.

    The race itself, especially the last section, was really exciting. From a position of someone who likes the British drivers to do well, to see Jenson Button come from last to first was simply brilliant. Yes he got some luck with the safety car to help the gap to Vettel, but without it he still would have got 2nd place. Quite a phenomenal drive.

    Was disappointed that Lewis went out early. My perspective looking at the replay was that Jenson was looking in his mirrors as he moved left, but before Lewis moved out to try to get past, so I don't think he saw him, or expected him to be there. We mustn't forget that the incident happened at high speed in damp conditions and was over in the blink of an eye. These drivers are very good at what they do, but are not infallible.

    I think we also need to remember that everyone was struggling with the conditions. Look at how many little shunts and broken noses that happened through the race, so it's not just Hamilton who had a difficult day. I think perhaps he's not had much or a run of luck and has been a little over eager in some of his moves, but not more than that.

    Lastly, I assume I wasn't alone in willing Michael Schumacher to stay ahead of Webber. Was very disappointed for him not to be on the podium after such an impressive drive.

  • Comment number 88.

    #77 'The victory is made at the qualifying sessions. '

    Really? Oh silly me, I thought it was the race that counted. Maybe you have different rules in Germany....

  • Comment number 89.

    One point that i think has been missed is that button may actually have passed vettel had he not spun anyway, he was within a second and although it was not a certainty look at the kobayashi massa incident on the line for an example.

    And in response to mikeandmarg, the fact that many people do only have a passing interest shows how good the coverage is and how exciting f1 has become, had you watched the race last night (im assuming you didnt) then you would probably understand the reason why it was kept on, although putting antiques roadshow and others on bbc3 or 4 would certainly make sense

  • Comment number 90.

    I think the safety car start was fair enough given the conditions, just a few laps and it dried out enough for racing to commence.
    I think the second safety car start was too extended, by the time the safety car came in it was already time to switch to inters. This caused a great disadvantage to the leaders who coming from behind the safety car had to protect their positions, whereas those at the back with little concern could pit for the better tyres. The heavy rain that followed after nullified the advantage as it was back to full wets again.

  • Comment number 91.

    @ 85 - Ah so there are some sane people that comment on here! Praise the Lord lol!

  • Comment number 92.

    The sad thing for Schumacher, without the very artificial DRS he probably would have managed to finished 2nd.

  • Comment number 93.

    The Truth - obviously your sign-in name is ironic.

  • Comment number 94.

    40:

    Rubbish. Button was on the racing lline all the way until Lewis hit him idiotically and obviously couldn't see Hamilton in his tiny mirror because of the spray (nobody could). He didn't turn in, or do anything wrong. Hamilton is too impatient and seems incapable of learning anything.

    Imperious drive from Button, from last to 1st is almost unbelievable in F1, the best race I have ever seen, the contrast between the genius and muppetry of the 2 Maclaren drivers is stark.

  • Comment number 95.

    What a thriller! The reason JB was "on a different planet" seems to have been overlooked: McLaren compromised their qualifying positions by gambling on a wet set-up for the race, a gamble which paid dividends in the end, despite the pit stops, crashes and drive-through. Nevertheless, a great drive from JB.

    Credit to MB and DC keeping us amused for over 2 hours of non-racing. DC proved he is a better ornothologist than professional ones. That blackbird clearly only had red shoulders!

    LH is becoming an increasing liability. I used to think he was a brilliant driver, but he's been more like a rookie in the last couple of races. Similar moments last season, on Massa and Webber to name a couple, probably cost him the championship.

  • Comment number 96.

    So Button smashes two cars out of the race, and eventually wins because of dodgy conditions and he's a genius ? The guy took out his own team-mate and has the balls to ask "What's he doing ?!"... I can understand him not seeing anything with those back-mirrors with that much water spraying around but he knew damn well he missed the chicane and that Hamilton was right behind him, so he knew what he was doing.

    The anti-Hamilton squad will be supremely happy that he got done that way, but most of that squad our actually Alonso fans and their own star got done by the same man, which is kind of ironic.

    These rain-affected races can be pretty fun but if they can't drive when a drizzle comes in, then what's the point of paying these guys millions and millions of £ to drive the best machinery available on the planet ? 2 hours to wait for the race to restart ? What a bloody joke, if they can't drive at speed in rain then what's the point of racing.

    I hope Vettel goes on to win the title, he may make races boring but he wins all his races on merit by getting on pole and driving away from the rest of the field, and not taking out his own team-mate for once.

  • Comment number 97.

    DRS was way too brutal. Schumacher had no chance. FIA should have shortened the zones but instead they are increasing them. They are doing the opposite of what we want which is ridiculas.

  • Comment number 98.

    @ 96 - "I hope Vettel goes on to win the title, he may make races boring but he wins all his races on merit by getting on pole and driving away from the rest of the field, and not taking out his own team-mate for once."

    I take it you've only been watching F1 since the start of this season otherwise you wouldn't have made such an ill informed comment. Istanbul last season ring a bell?

  • Comment number 99.

    Great race, let down by the utter pointlessness of teams having 'rain' tyres (which can apparently shift 50 litres of water per second).....
    When ultimately an inch of standing water is enough to render visibility so bad that a race can't continue, and the ride height/barge board set up makes cars unable to drive at the speed of the safety car.
    If races can be held where there is the chance of a heavy downpour, it kind or makes sense to have a car which can drive in those conditions (to a point), rather than a race being stopped because the cars design prevents them from dealing with it.
    Then to restart the race under the safety car, and have the teams bring in drivers barely 2 laps after the safety comes in for intermediates...... Only confirms the point that bringing wet tyres seem a meaningless option...
    The argument that the Pirelli's are an unknown quantity should have been an even bigger incentive to continue the race and see how they performed.
    So, the race was put under the safety car too early, and then restarted too late.
    As for the racing, it WAS exciting. Mclaren's decision to use a wet weather set up on Hamilton/Button's cars was clearly the right decision. You could see Button had a much better level of grip and stability in the moist conditions which is probably the biggest factor in his win (well that and Vettel bottling it on the last lap - boo hoo).
    Kobayashi was unlucky in that the race was sanitised down the point where it was inevitable he was going to go backwards (and that finish line pass by Massa must have killed him inside!), similar fate befell Schumacher too (although he did show flashes of the form he had in his past life).
    Hats also doffed for Petrov and Alguersuari who just kept out of trouble and picked up some useful points.

    Still, Hamilton fans/devotees should take into consideration what Webber said during the 'interval'..... That to be so aggressive at the start of a long race is foolish. Button won the race stopping for tyres 5 times, and having a drive through penalty on top of that. It's not just about overtaking on the track, but seeing how the race plays out over the 90 minutes or more and making tactical decisions at the correct time.
    Hamilton and Vettel (and possibly Di Resta) are probably the most naturally talented men in F1 at the moment. We can forgive Di Resta his mistakes, and we can appreciate he IS learning his trade very quickly, but Hamilton just has to admit he can't race the way he has been, and win races. OK, his Mclaren isn't the fastest car, but you get the feeling if the roles were reversed and Hamilton had the Red Bull under him... he might be leading the championship, but you can virtually guarantee Vettel wouldn't be 76 points behind in the championship.

  • Comment number 100.

    @96 - Your talking rubbish, do your research before piping up, clearly no idea what your talking about! You try driving down a river at 180mph with no steering... they are the best but there are limits even for the elite!

 

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