Jenson Button won a chaotic Canadian Grand Prix that finished over four hours after it started, and which included a red flag and five safety car periods, despite a penalty and two accidents.Button’s victory came only after Sebastian Vettel lost the lead on the final lap due to a driving error with just a handful of corners left.Read the full news from telegraph.co.uk below.
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CANADIAN GRAND PRIX 2011 : SEBASTIAN VETTEL RUES LATE MISTAKE WHICH LET IN WINNER JENSON BUTTON
Yesterday’s Canadian Grand Prix will go down as one of the greatest of all time, assisted by the manner of its dramatic finish.
Going into the last lap of a rain-hit race that included a two-hour break for a torrential downpour, reigning champion Vettel was again poised to take the chequered flag having led for all but one lap.
But having been hounded by Jenson Button in those dying stages, the pressure told on the 23-year-old German who slid wide at turn six, just three kilometres from home.
Button, who at one stage had dropped to 21st and last after hitting Fernando Alonso in his Ferrari to necessitate one of five visits to the pits for tyres, stole through to seal an astonishing win.
Vettel said: “All in all I think I can be satisfied, but of course I am disappointed.
“Being in the lead for all the race, knowing it was so difficult, a tricky race, and then to end it like that.
“It is important to finish, especially a race like that, but to do the mistake in the last lap.
“It was probably the only real mistake I made in the whole race, so at the moment the feelings I have are not very sweet.
“We are all pushing very hard and sometimes we do make mistakes. I have no problem admitting I went a little wide.
“If it had been dry there would have been no problem, but it was wet, outside the dry line and it was very costly.
“In the end I got away with second.”
Despite the error, Vettel has increased his championship lead to 60 points, with his nearest challenger now Button.
On reflection, Vettel will surely come to appreciate the 18 points for finishing runner-up that will stand him in good stead in his bid to retain his title.
“It was a good day,” added Vettel.
“It was also a difficult day, one in which it was easy to make a mistake, as we saw as lots of cars did not finish.
“The number of safety cars did not help either, but I gained some good points. I can see that. That’s how it goes I think.
“But if you have a win in your hands and you give it away then it is not the sweetest feeling.”
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