McLaren driver comes out on top of a dramatic, action-packed race in Canada
13 June 2011

A spectacular late charge by Jenson Button saw him emerge on top of a rollercoaster – and rain affected - Canadian grand prix.

Button claimed his first victory of the season in a magnificent fashion as he manoeuvred his McLaren from the back of the pack all the way to the top of the podium, punishing race and championship leader Sebastian Vettel on the last lap after he buckled under pressure and went wide on a slippery Montreal circuit.

See all the best pics from the Canada GP

But it was his team mate Lewis Hamilton that again caught the attention of both spectators and officials after he tried to force his way to the front after qualifying a disappointing fifth. His ruthless driving that was also seen in Monaco two weeks ago was short-lived as he crashed out after a collision with Button.

The 26-year-old was also in the wars with Red Bull’s Mark Webber, Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher and eventually his team mate, with Button proclaiming “What is he doing?” as the two McLaren’s came together.

Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber provided audiences with the last flash of entertainment in a race that lasted more than four hours as he lost out to Ferrari’s Felipe Massa on the final straight for a photo finish.

With the stop-start grand prix lasting over four hours due to torrential rain, Ferrari’s Fenando Alonso and British newcomer Paul di Resta were amongst the six crash-outs. Vettel remains Championship leader, but Hamilton has dropped into fourth position after his eyebrow-raising antics.

Elisha Chauhan

Classified top 10 drivers, Canadian GP, 70 laps (all timing unofficial)1. Button McLaren-Mercedes 4h04:39.5372. Vettel Red Bull-Renault +2.73. Webber Red Bull-Renault +13.84. Schumacher Mercedes +14.25. Petrov Renault +20.36. Massa Ferrari +33.27. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari +33.28. Alguersuari STR-Ferrari +35.99. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth +45.110. Buemi STR-Ferrari +47.0

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