F1 Canadian GP: Button Wins Chaotic Race
Jenson Button survived several mishaps and penalties before overtaking Sebastian Vettel in the last half of the final lap to win the crash-strewn, rain-delayed Formula One Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal’s Ile Notre-Dame.
Defending world champion Vettel started again on the first grid and was looking for his sixth win in seven races when his Red Bull slipped on a wet patch and forced him to go wide. McLaren’s Button moved ahead and pulled away to win the race with 2.7 seconds to spare. Red Bull’s Mark Webber came in third place while Michael Schumacher had one of his best races since coming back last year to finish in fourth place ahead of Renault’s Vitaly Petrov.
Earlier, with the rain immensely reducing visibility, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton was taken out of the race after getting bumped and hitting the pit wall, with teammate Button being the culprit. Button later apologized and said that the heavy rain made it impossible for him to see a thing in his mirrors. The lap 8 crash was one of several incidents that forced the safety car to come out. Organizers also suspended the race at the end of lap 24 due to heavy rain, resuming only after two hours and five minutes.