McLaren: Button makes amends for collision with stunning win

2011 Canadian GP team review

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Halfway through the Canadian Grand Prix McLaren had one car out and another at the tail of the field.

But Jenson Button recovered from a costly collision with his team mate to clinch a sensational victory.

Lewis Hamilton Jenson Button
Qualifying position 5 7
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’13.565 (-0.273) 1’13.838
Race position 1
Laps 7/70 70/70
Pit stops 0 5

McLaren drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70
Lewis Hamilton 142.459 126.157 125.34 123.927 100.949 99.917 97.761
Jenson Button 143.984 126.581 125.396 123.343 100.56 97.974 98.237 117.792 111.816 130.653 125.557 119.687 102.221 96.648 96.589 92.915 96.095 96.312 122.704 111.16 110.778 105.489 121.447 136.959 141.746 127.009 122.485 122.305 122.075 120.807 122.499 121.563 119.804 109.893 95.486 185.552 103.759 94.723 91.635 95.059 93.158 91.721 89.948 89.475 89.07 89.972 90.182 89.205 87.245 103.33 90.161 82.759 83.911 80.513 80.221 99.809 106.56 120.262 120.304 80.747 81.348 80.369 81.441 78.866 77.967 77.509 77.218 76.956 78.238
Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Montreal, 2011

Lewis Hamilton

Had a few problems in first practice, losing the data on his display in the car and later experiencing a hydraulic leak.

His unbeaten run in qualifying at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve came to an end on Saturday as he could only manage fifth. He said his seventh gear was “a bit too long for qualifying”.

He showed strong pace in the seven laps his race lasted for, but the same ragged edge that had been evident in Monaco was still visible.

First there was contact with Mark Webber – Hamilton said: “I touched Mark’s car after he braked a bit early into the first corner. He left me enough room, but I touched the inside kerb and understeered into him”.

That dropped him behind Michael Schumacher, who Hamilton tried to pass at the Casino hairpin but ended up running wide and letting Button pass.

Button made a mistake at the exit of the final chicane and Hamilton lined him up to try to pass.

He tried to move to Button’s left, and claim the inside line for turn one. But Button didn’t see his team mate coming and the pair made contact, Hamilton also striking the pit wall. They were fortunate that neither car flipped into the air, and that the terminal damage was limited to just Hamilton’s car.

Hamilton didn’t think so at first and said as much when interviewed afterwards.

The stewards saw fit to investigate the matter and issue a statement:

The stewards have investigated the actions of the driver of car three (L. Hamilton) after his collision with car four (J. Button) in particular the matter of where he stopped his car.

Having heard from the driver and the team representative, the stewards have concluded that the driver was convinced he only had a flat tyre. This was subsequently confirmed by the team representative to be correct.

The driver therefore believed he could safely return to the pits and proceeded to attempt to do so.

However at the time, his team believed the car had sustained suspension damage and radioed him to stop immediately. The driver reacted accordingly and stopped within six seconds at a marked vehicle recovery point.

The stewards therefore decide to take no action on this matter.

Lewis Hamilton 2011 form guide

Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Montreal, 2011

Jenson Button

Said he “overdrove” his qualifying lap which put him seventh on the grid.

Butt picked up damage in the collision with Hamilton and had to pit for repairs, during which he also took the opportunity to switch to intermediate tyres. On top of that he was handed a drive-through penalty for speeding during the safety car period.

He made his way back to to tenth when the race was suspended. After the restart he did one lap then came in for intermediate tyres.

He took advantage of Adrian Sutil and Jarno Trulli running wide at the hairpin to pass both of them, then found Fernando Alonso coming out of the pits in front of him.

The pair tangled in turn three and Alonso came off worse but Button ended up limping back to the pits with a puncture.

Fortunately for him the safety car came out again and he was able to catch up to the field just in time for the restart on lap 41.

Now the last running car on the track, Button picked off the HRTs, Virgins and Lotuses with ease and was swiftly up to 12th place.

He switched to slick tyres on lap 51 and was instantly able to lap quicker on them than those around him, possibly thanks to the higher downforce wings on his McLaren helping him generate more heat in the tyres.

Webber, who had pitted for slicks one lap earlier, set a new fastest lap of 1’24.6 -on the next lap Button was 1.7 seconds faster.

Button jumped past several cars who scampered into the pits for slicks and rapidly overtook those remaining on the track in front of him. When the safety car came out for the final time he was up to fourth.

After the final restart Button picked off Webber who went wide in the final chicane. He dealt with Schumacher easily on lap 65, flying past the Mercedes using his DRS.

With four laps to go Button was 1.6 seconds behind Vettel and storming towards an incredible upset. Vettel gave it everything he had and stemmed the loss of time to Button to a few tenths of a second per lap.

But by the penultimate tour Button was within the DRS zone and the pair started the final lap less than a second apart. When Vettel skidded at turn six the lead of the race – and a stunning victory – fell into Button’s lap.

“It felt like I spent more time in the pits than on the pit-straights,” he said. “The guys did a great job of calling the strategy.

“At some points we definitely lucked out on the strategy, especially when the red flag came out but we called it very well going to slicks”.

He added the race was “one of those Grands Prix where you are nowhere, then you’re somewhere, then you’re nowhere and then you’re somewhere.

“As we always say the last lap is the important one to be leading and I was leading half of it. Amazing day”.

Jenson Button 2011 form guide

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    98 comments on “McLaren: Button makes amends for collision with stunning win”

    1. About time too ! Well done JB

    2. Correct tyres at the right time, right setup for the race. Unlucky penalty and collisions, fortunate final safety car to set up for the win.

      Oh, and some fantastic driving.

      1. Correct tyres at the right time

        Going for intermediates on lap 8 was brilliant yes. Then swap straight back to full wets 5 laps later. It doesn’t get much better than that.

        Other than that he was on the same tyres as everybody else.

        1. He wouldn’t have stopped on lap 8 if it wasn’t for his collision with lewis. So they took a chance.

        2. Sort of reminds me of Senna 1993 at Donnington. Didnt matter how many pit stops you made, for as long as you were on the right tyre at the right time for the conditions. Button nailed it, and probably would have to in Monaco if not for the silly regulations which allowed Alonso and Vettel to change tyres.

          1. Sort of reminds me of Senna 1993 at Donnington. Didnt matter how many pit stops you made, for as long as you were on the right tyre at the right time for the conditions.

            If anything, Senna spent less time on the “right tyres” at that race than anyone else. The conditions in that race changed so quickly that anyone on the right tyres at the right time lost masses of time in the pits.

            It was Senna’s ability to maintain his pace on the wrong tyres which won him the race. He tried a similar tactic at Spa the previous year but it didn’t work.

            Senna made four stops during that race, whereas Prost made seven stops. Senna stayed out on slicks during a passing shower, while Prost and Hill pitted for wets and shortly afterwards had to pit to switch back to slicks.

            1. This is very true – it’s also evident in a lot of Schumacher wet weather races – he could stay out on the ‘wrong’ tyres and not loose sheds of time whilst others had to come in and change tyres.

              There is an argument of right tyres at the right time but only if the right weather lasts for enough laps…

    3. dyslexicbunny
      13th June 2011, 19:56

      I think Button should be a heavy believer in Chaos Theory after yesterday’s win.

    4. It doesn’t really matter now and I do agree that to win, first you have to finish but I just can imagine what pace HAM had if he was just a bit more patient. A real shame since both McLarens could have done 1-2…

      But that’s probably his destiny: some time ago lost to RAI a championship that was in his hands, now wasted some 30 points to VET just because of mentality. Probably the fastest driver now in the grid but really doesn’t have the mentality of a champion :(

      1. To finish first it also helps if you take out your direct opponents …

    5. I loved the reaction of the McLaren guys after the race. They were all buzzing like mad. I think Fifth Driver tweeted about Button more in half an hour after the race than he did the previous month!

      McLaren know what kind of drivers they like, that’s for sure.

    6. A great drive and a drive through penalty and he still won,JB is made for these conditions,he has the patience to wait his chance,the incident with Lewis was 50-50 for me.
      Lewis must stop trying to overtake everyone in the first 10 laps,whatever he tries lately is not coming off,by all means attack and overtake,but his eagerness to pass is not doing him any favours,and the stewards do have his card well and truly marked,and and anytime soon an over zealous steward will try to get him banned.

      1. As Button proved a race is not won in the 1st 10 laps not even the first 30 or 40 or 69.

        As Hamilton showed it can be lost in the 1st lap (Monza) or 7 laps (Canada). Maybe he needs to think about that, however it does make him unpredictable and exciting to watch.

        1. How many times did Button lose a race because he just waited for an opportunity that never came?

          Where would Hamilton have been in China if he had listened to his team and simply waited behind Button? Instead he made a couple of brilliant passes and took the win.

          But yeah with the current lottery type of F1 and the consistency favoring points system, it’s probably better to just hang around instead of actually racing for the win.

          1. just hang around instead of actually racing for the win.

            I haven’t seen a single example of that being true.

        2. Just looking at this season, I feel like this was coming. In Turkey and China, Lewis had to really make some fraught moves to get around Button, who was holding him up, and those easily could have ended in tears too. Also go back to Turkey last year when they went wheel to wheel in a very dangerous battle. Basically, whenever Button gets ahead of Hamilton in the race, it’s dangerous, because the latter is likely to be quicker, but only just, and Hamilton don’t like to wait. Generally, as McLaren want their guys to race, there are going to be “racing incidents.” McLaren have only escaped yesterday’s result that far because the two guys are uncommonly skilled and have been lucky, but it had to happen at some point.

      2. I don’t think Hamilton was too eager at all. Button made a clear mistake into the last corner and that cost him, Hamilton saw his chance and was clearly much quicker down the pit straight then Button. Any driver had dived for that opportunity, maybe only Heidfeld had held back, but any of the really good drivers had gone for that one.
        It is very easy to look at it in hindsight and see that it of cause is obvious that Button is not going to see him coming, and is going to go so wide through that right hand kink that Hamilton ends up in the wall, but from on board Hamilton’s car it is such an obvious opportunity and he goes for the outside to gain the inside into the first corner. Seems pretty logical.
        What if Hamilton had dived for the inside of the kink and Button had kept the racing line into the first corner? Button would still have turned in on Hamilton because that is the line into the first corner.
        He is a racer, and he got the opportunity he needed to make the move, he just didn’t get the space.

        1. Coefficient
          14th June 2011, 11:10

          Well, viewed from Hamilton’s onboard its clear that by the time he attempts the move he’s had to take to the grass in order to do so which in the wet is wreckless. Right up to the point that the cars connected Hamilton had the opportunity to exercise some circumspection, lift a little and live to fight another day. This he failed to do which resulted in the avoidable racing incident we saw. Hamilton needs to address this impatient streak because it’s depriving us of his spectacular driving.

          Well done to JB, another superb job in difficult conditions and a thoroughly enjoyable race, eventually.

          1. Disagree – he starts to make the move very early after exiting the corner – there was still plenty of room he was on the track with all 4 wheels alongside Button. The reason he didn’t pull out of it was he thought that Button knew he was there and was just squeezing him.

            If you get Hamilton going for an overtake and then pulling out when the other car squeezes him towards the grass/wall you will just start complaining that he’s rubbish at overtakes and has no courage. Just look at the Schumi/Barrichello incident in Hungary last year – a great overtake from Rubens against an over aggressive defender because he kept his foot in it. Yes in this case he should have twigged that Button might not see him but it’s not a horribly obvious miscalculation…

            1. Just as clarification – I mean all 4 wheels were on the track not on the grass whilst he was alongside button. I did NOT mean that all 4 wheels were alongside button…

            2. As all the camera shots show clearly, Hamilton never got his front wheels further forward than contact with Button’s rear wheels, because if he had been further up, his hard bounce off the pit wall would have ended both their races. Spectacularly. Even as it was, only Button’s lightning fast reactions were all that kept him pointing in the right direction. And as for Button squeezing Hamilton out, all Button was doing was following exactly the diagonal drying line of all the cars in front of him.

              Even if Button had been in the least aware of the position Hamilton took ( and in those conditions I very much doubt he had the slightest idea precisely where Hamilton’s car was ) it would have been suicidal to abandon the drying line.

              Hamilton is a stunningly fast driver, with more skill than most of the F1 field put together, but recently he seems to have completely abandoned his brilliant racing nous for some desperately ill-timed moves. And in that one disastrous move on Button he very nearly ended all Mclaren’s race strategy at a stroke.

            3. hamilton claims in post race interviews he was well inside buttons car, but onboard replays show he is a liar, he only got to have his front wheels in distance with buttons back wheels, after button made one legitimate blocking move. hamilton had no more room on the track abut decided to keep trying to make the pass on the grass and caused the accident.

    7. Great race for Button!

      I have a question. To Whoever was doing the graph “McLaren drivers’ lap times throughout the race”, Lewis is indicated by red color and Jenson by very similar red/orange – shouldn’t it be done in white color maybe for both drivers on white background? Hm? Then we could see exactly who is who!
      I love F1Fanatic various graphs, they are excellent and give a lot of information, I’m always impressed, but very often drivers’ performance is depicted in very similar color so it’s almost impossible to distinguish which line represents which driver.

      1. I think the colors are similar so they can be identified as a team in the overall laptime graphs.

        This chart is useless for comparing team mate laptimes anyway. That’s obviously not what it is meant to show. Even if the laptime differs as much as a full second the dot is only 2 pixels moved. That’s pretty much imperceptible.

        If you want to compare team mates you should look at their time differential over the race.

      2. The two shades are substantially different and, as Patrickl points out, they’re consistent with the colours used on the graphs which contain all the drivers.

        You can hover over every data point to see the value and you can toggle the lines on and off so there are plenty of ways to distinguish between them.

    8. Should there be an “s” on “collision”? Just saying, there were two.

      As far as the VMM performance, it’s interesting that the only two times Vettel has been defeated, has been by McLaren, and then only by really virtuouso performances, one each from their drivers, to snatch it away in the closing stages. If you look at Spain, Vettel was under a similar furious late-race assault from Hamilton. This is what it takes to stop Vettel, and even so, you only relegate him to second.

      1. It’ll be dreadful season for the rest if Vettel finishes second on all the ‘bad’ circuits for RB. Let’s wait and see what the EBD changes have for effect on the different cars.

      2. In all the races Vettel has not won though he has had a massive performance deficit. In China his tyres were gone relative to Lewis’ and in Canada he didn’t have the heat in the tyres that Jenson did and was more than a second slower.

        I thought China and Canada were great races and I really enjoyed them and liked to see the Mclaren’s win, but I’d like to see someone beat Vettel when he and his opponent are on the same strategy.

        1. vettel was on the same strategy as button, his tyres had the same life, he didnt push as hard as he needed too at the end and when button caught him he didnt have enough track knowledge and slid wide.

          i love how you are saying the only reason vettel was beat in china and canada was because of the performance defect, when vettel has been comanding the season because of the performance defect of the red bull to the rest of the feild

      3. Should there be an “s” on “collision”? Just saying, there were two.

        I think McLaren will be more concerned about the one with his team mate than the one that put Fernando Alonso out of the race!

      4. Should there be an “s” on “collision”? Just saying, there were two

        Collisions with non-Macca are not worth mentioning, at least when escaping unscathed, no matter how much damage you do to the other guy. Let them rot.

        Jenson might as well have installed a machine gun in his car, demolish everybody else and call it a win. And Charlie Withing would have been happy with that, no doubt. Michibata has good reason to be jealous.

        1. This is a bit pathetic to be honest – you compare two racing incidents to someone setting out to wreck other drivers’ cars! You may have a point though; perhaps every win by a driver involved in an incident with another car during the race should be removed – that seems totally logical and not the whining of someone unhappy with a race result.

    9. All credit to Jenson for a briliant drive, but he ruined the race by taking the better two drivers out of the race.

      1. Lee Harrison
        13th June 2011, 23:56

        Except he didn’t.

        1. Facts don’t matter to some people.

          1. Was it thin air that bumped Fernando from behind? and was it an imaginary car that squeezed Lewis to the wall?

            Not saying both incidents were entirely his fault.. but he did take them out of the race nonetheless… and thats a fact.

            1. ALonso took himself out as much as anything. He was behind into the corner, people seem to be over looking that, Ok he braked really late to get back in front but there was nowhere for either of them to go by that point.

            2. Dar4Ferrari (@)
              15th June 2011, 22:33

              if FA believed Jenson took him out then he would be very vocal about it….and is it not obvious that not only was JB following the dry racing line but also his visual acuity was imapired due to the conditions….LH is an aggressive’s what makes him great…but also why he only has 1 WDC

    10. Let’s not get carried away here, I’ve yet to see jenson beat Lewis without Lewis having problems. Jenson just had a very fortunate race. IMO button closed the door on Lewis on purpose and expected him to back off but it was too late. If I was Lewis from now on the gloves would be off!!

    11. Butt picked up damage


    12. Monaco seemed like extreme bad luck and trying too hard on an impossible circuit for overtaking, but Canada was a danger sign. I’d say Hamilton’s problem isn’t his tendency to go for ‘any potential gap,’ which he’s always had, but his race concentration and therefore his judgment about what is a potential gap. He has to respect his own racing intuition more than anything else – and by that I don’t mean doing whatever his ‘instinct’ dictates, but making sure his split-second calculations aren’t being distracted by off-track (but in the hospitality suite) celeb nonsense. He’s got what, 5 to 7 years at the top left, if lucky? Plenty of time to win those other championships he says he wants if he has a level head, no time at all if he’s more concerned about trying to impress Ice-T, NBA stars or whoever. You can see why the McLaren team might be more enthusiastic about Button winning, it makes them more part of it. The Senna comparisons are wearing thin: Senna was pure concentration on race days, Hamilton is now anything but. If that continues, he won’t win another WDC, ever. He has to cut the media showboating and get some discipline fast. The new management is already looking a very, very bad decision.

      1. I think that describes Hamilton’s current state of mind pretty well.

        He should reflect on himself, like Vettel did last year after Spa.

        1. Agree with you both there David BR and BasCB. Especially regarding the concentration aspect. Hamilton’s got all the talent a driver could hope for, he’s not lacking in his speed and aggression but I think he should have gotten a penalty for having an entourage in his garage. It looked tacky!!

      2. My first impression of Hamilton, was that the fame attached with the sport would get to his head. I think his dad kept him grounded, disciplined and focused for a couple of years, but off late Lewis seems more concerned with running his mouth to the press, and comparing himself with the legends of the sport. Right now, Jenson actually leads him on points, a situation a driver with his talent shouldn’t be in. He better get his act together.

        1. I agree, which is why having a celeb agent as a close advisor of any kind is a huge mistake. Someone has to focus Hamilton on F1 – whether his dad, himself or a manager with real understanding of a what a professional sportsman needs to succeed. It seems like Hamilton believes he can switch between these different frames of mind at will, the recent evidence suggests otherwise.

          Not only is Button ahead of him on points, he’s also all round currently a much better driver. He’s marginally slower in quali and at the start of the race, but very little over an entire race distance, which Hamilton is now finding too much of a challenge apparently (to complete a race). He’s also overtaking far better than Hamilton. Though nothing to be ashamed of, Button is a far better racer than credited, that should hurt Lewis’s pride. Carry on like he is, and McLaren will be backing Button for the WDC in 4 or 5 races with Hamilton out of it. And he’ll only have his vacuous celeb nonsense to blame, not the team or car, since the car looks like it will be the best on the grid for the second half of the season.

      3. No better summing up of the sad state of Hamilton’s mind-set than this one, David BR.

        Hamilton has skills no other current F1 driver has. He is simply incredible when he’s ‘on’ it. But the ice-cool judgement seems to have deserted him.

        Let’s hope it’s a very, very temporary problem.

      4. Dar4Ferrari (@)
        15th June 2011, 22:39

        i couldn’t agree more…and his aggression doesn’t suit the pirelli tyres…jenson can preserve tyres as can seb and alonso but hamilton’s gung-ho attitude is going to cost him in future races where tyre wear plays a bigger part…if ferrari can get their act together alonso can make a surge…if not the championship will be a two horse race by time monza has arrived

    13. It was a nice gesture that Hamilton refused to speak to the UK media after the race as he wanted Button to get the limelight (as he should). I think that somewhere in there there’s a truly wonderful champion, lets hope it gets out sooner rather than when it’s too late

      1. He already has been a champion…

    14. Senna was pure concentration alright, concentrating on ramming drivers off the road!

      1. Well presuming you’re the same Damon as above, ‘ramming drivers off the road’ would be gloves off, I guess?! Seriously though, does Hamilton seem concentrated enough on his racing just now? Beating a ‘superior’ opponent (Vettel in the RBR) requires guile and patience. He’s well capable of that, as Canada and other races this year have shown, but he looked like he’d totally lost any common sense at Canada. Doubly frustrating since some of Hamilton’s best racing has been in wet weather. Schumacher’s pass on Massa and Koba simultaneously was a sublime lesson in how the best drivers show their full talent in the rain.

    15. Mark Young (@terry-fabulous)
      13th June 2011, 23:41

      Question without notice for the panel…..

      Button was the fastest man on the track in the final period of both Monaco and now Canada.

      Is this because he is legendarily gentle on his boots?

      Or does this mean McLaren now has the fastest car and if Hamilton (normally a squidge quicker then Jenson) was about he would be be the man to beat?

      Discuss without reference to BrawnGP or Belgium 08.

      Either way, Champion drive by Button, just brilliant stuff. He is no proxy world Champion that is for sure. In the final five laps of the race he drove past Schumacher, Webber and Vettel. How many drivers can say that?!

      Certainly made up for getting up at 3AM and still be in front of the tv at 8!!

      1. Quick reality check, Monaco fastest lap=Webber,and he did some passing in those final laps when everybody was on fresh tyres.

        1. Mark Young (@terry-fabulous)
          14th June 2011, 22:28

          Hi Hohum, thanks for the ‘reality check’ you sweet talker!

          So what are you suggesting? Red Bull is still the fastest car in the race? Because when you include Spain and China that is now four races in a row where McLarens were all over their tails at the end of the race?

          Fastest Lap can sometimes be a furphy, As I recall at the end of the Monaco race when fuel was lowest, Webber had some clear track and Button was stuck behind a Ferrari and Red Bull.

          Your thoughts?

    16. Alternative headline, similar to the one chosen for Monaco:

      “Safety-Car helps Button to Montreal win.”

      1. It would have helped any driver to a win. You just have to make the most of it.

      2. Just as accurate alternative headline: “Freddy Starr ate my hamster”.

    17. First Half : Disaster
      Second Half : Amazing!

    18. Well, what can I say other than wow! Well done Jenson Button. You drove an absolute blinder. I reckon he could be just as well remembered for that race as his entire championship year, classic stuff. His pace down the straight was formidable when he had the wing dropped.

      Nothing more than a racing incident between him and Hamilton and I think both drivers, particularly Hamilton, behaved very well afterwards. No crazy gestures like we had from Vettel at Istanbul last year…I think a ‘What was he doing?!’ sufficed from JB.

      Disappointing for Hamilton but he managed to keep his cool.

    19. Hamilton is one of the fairest defending drivers on the grid. If the roles were reversed I truly believe he would have given button room. I wonder call that a pass by Schumacher at all as they both made mistakes and he simply drove straight pass them. Button just seems to get the luck, Hamilton none. I think vettel is out of reach he as too much of a lead

      1. I honestly think Button never truly saw Hamilton in his mirrors – maybe thinking that Hamilton was perhaps trying the outside line.

        In previous occasions when Hamilton has ghosted (as Hamilton tends todo, trying moves other drivers simply dont forsee) past Button, as soon as Button noticed, he gives him room (see China 2011 when Button yields to avoid hittng Hamilton when being passed)

        And vettel is nowhere near out of sight. 25 ish points in old money. With another 12 tours to go? Hamilton who is approx 30 old points behind can make that up, Button and Webber have a good chance of that. Vettel has never been the hunted driver at the sharp end of the champoinship, we have yet to see how he copes with that.

    20. Ron Dennis’ face in that celebratory picture!
      Made me chuckle, ‘sall.
      Well done to Jenson for an enthralling drive from first to last.

      1. last to first* what am I on?

        1. To be fair both ways make sense

          1. Only if you’re watching the race in rewind mode :P

            1. think laps and it works.

      2. Lewis seems to have cheered up a bit too. Perhaps Rihanna gave him her number.
        Or he put fifty quid on Button when Jenson was in 21st.

    21. Can’t forget the look of Ron Dennis after both the Mclaren crashed.He saw that with Senna Prost,Haikkinen Coulthard,Alonso Hamilton now Hamilton Button,I do wonder whether Mclaren will ever have a DREAM TEAM?

      1. You can only have 1 of your drivers take the WDC though ;)

        1. I think they really do have it, when Lewis can calm down and look at the long game he is hard to beat, Jenson is the ideal tactical points collector and both can make brilliant passes when required.

    22. Lewis’ approach or aggression in the beginning of the race can be explained by the weather conditions. I was there, and it had rained before the race ( mainly persistent drizzle), track was wet but was drying out. I believe Lewis was trying to take early advantage of the wet track and his wet set-up. A second shower was expected during the race, according to the Doppler radar at that time, but not as much as earlier. Watching him drive in the wet with a superior car added to his confidence and was very very exciting. Be patient, the tide has turned and with 12 more races or so, the Mclaren cars will be challenging for the 2011 WDC. Lewis will find a balance and this will be a year to remember.

    23. Lewis knows the racing line the same as all the other drivers. Even if he was quicker out of the chicane, he knew he was driving into a closing wedge, while Buttons view of him in the mirrors would be reduced or obliterated by spray. He made an amateur mistake in trying to pass in that place. An over zealous move, Full stop. No blame on Button.

    24. Off-topic, but Keith, the charts somehow stopped showing on IE 9/Win 7 and this is for at least a month now. Any ideas how to make them work? Anybody else suffering the same problem?

    25. Just one thought on the FIA statement. During the race, Ted Kravitz, for the BBC, was with the McLaren team & they seemed to be suggesting some damage to the rear suspension & the drivetrain, confirming that Hamilton couldn’t have carried on. However, the FIA statement says that the team confirmed to them that there was no suspension damage from the collision. Either one is right, but somewhere along the line someone seems to be telling porkies.

      It’s really only a minor point, but to me something doesn’t add up.

      1. I got the impression that it’s simply a case of not having all the information available. Hamilton felt he could have continued, but the team surely saw the left rear askew on the monitors, figured the suspension was damaged, and thus instructed Hamilton to park the car.

        After having climbed out, you can see Hamilton kicking at something at the left rear (the point of ‘impact’ is obscured but you can see the car moving as he kicks at it).

        I’m thinking the FIA statement is accurate, but that McLaren didn’t know the car could have been repaired and put back in the race until getting the car back after the race was over.

      2. Kravitz said on looking at the car that both wheels on that side of the car were “a write off” and that he thought he could see part of the driveshaft damaged.

    26. Hamilton: 100% fake smile on that pic!

      how can you be smiling after what happen?

      Imagine Senna & Prost celebrating together after Suzuka 1989…

      1. That is an irrelevant comparison – Lewis and Jenson get on with each other and Lewis would have surely been glad that Vettel didn’t get maximum points as it gives him a (theoretically) better chance of catching him.

        Plus Suzuka 1989 settled the championship for Prost, we still have some way to go this year.

    27. We should acknowledge that how important DRS was in giving him the win. It was allowing the cars to go cleanly around the car in front, and get back onto the dry track for braking. It allowed Button to ease past Schumacher, and possibly Vettel was told that Button would be able to overtake if he got close enough.

      1. Definitely helped move through the field, but I think Button only got within a second of Vettel on the final lap, right? It was a tremendous drive just to get within range. I think Vettel was driving ideally, just under the limit, knowing that a little bit more and he’d lose the car somewhere. Which is what happened when Button finally caught him.

        1. I was thinking that without DRS it would not be possible to get around another car and back onto the dry for the braking zone. If they could only get alongside the car in front (without DRS) then outbraking them on the damp track would be nigh on impossible.
          I was thinking that Vettel was forced to push on and try and maintain a gap because he knew Button could overtake!
          Actually if Vettel hadn’t slipped up, could we have seen the overtake in the 1st, or even 2nd DRS zone to win the race!

    28. Kayser Soze
      14th June 2011, 13:05

      Casey Stoner puts what I want to sayto hamilton nicely – your ambition outweighs your talent.

      1. I am sure Stoner would have gotten through the gap between Button’s car and the wall. There is and great new wacky idea for Bernie, cars and bike on the same track at the same time!
        I am also wondering like Matt B was Hamilton’s suspension wrecked or not, or is this bit of info too embarrassing to release.
        One last thing, the title of this article drives me nuts as it seems to imply that Button was some how responsible for Hamilton running into the rear of his car. What do you think Jenson said, “Oh, sorry Louis for be ahead of you … again”. 

    29. I am usually not a big big fan of Hamilton (although i consider him one of the bests out there), but i really feel sorry for him right now.
      It seems like he is trying his best a little too much, forcing things. We all know he is 2 tenth quicker than JB, he could thus have overtaken him at some stage.
      Same with Webber: it was too narrow a gap, simple as that.
      But i see it as positive stuff.

      On the other side, why did he have to park his car right in the middle of the track ??? Couldn’t he have left it somewhere on the side ? Or was he gambling that this would mean the SC is out, and Vettel’s lead will then be annihilated ? Things like that make me feel uncomfortable about him…

      His partnership with JB looks like a solid one nevertheless. At about the same stage of the season last year Vettel and Webber couldnt handle the same kind of incident with such reserve.

      1. I agree there is no way you can question his talent and speed. I understand that the coaches instil the positive idea that you have already won the race before you start but he has to get the balance between positive thinking and the reality of the race right if he wants to progress. I hate to say this but he is driving like a rookie sim racer trying to win in the first corner.

    30. Buttons a better driver my backside. Put your money where your mouth is and have me a bet on button vs hamiltons championship result.

      1. (Wow! it works, I clicked the reply tag and I get to reply to Damon!)

        Anyhow. I said ‘currently’ the better driver. As a Lewis fan (followed by Alonso) I think he should be very careful indeed over the next few races. Give Button the best car and just now he could take the championship from Hamilton easily. Three more races and I think we can call it.

        1. He is in no way currently a better driver, he as just been fortunate thats all, whereas Lewis as been unfortunate. Lewis would have undoubtedly out qualified button at Monaco and looked good for pole, but **** happens. Canada, button was just as much to blame as Lewis and I’m not having it that he didn’t see him. Lewis was much quicker in the conditions and would have probably romped home to victory if it wasn’t for the collision. Like I said if buttons a better driver in your opinion let’s have a bet, £100 and your getting a start!!

          1. Damon, I’m a Lewis fan (followed by Alonso) and I was never particularly convinced Button at McLaren was ideal given their difference in racing styles. But just as Hamilton has worked on tyre preservation, Button seems to have picked up a bit of LH’s aggression and confidence. They’re far from being equal, imo, but if you bet high on every single card (chance to overtake) you’re bound to collide. Hamilton has two mindsets, one where he collides, another where he gets past smoothly without incident (like his pass on Vettel at China). I really don’t think it’s a question of luck.

            Bet? No! I’ve no idea whether Hamilton will snap out of his current mood. If I really had to bet, I’d say he will. What worries me (as a fan, like I said) is that his new media-cash-cow agent plus the Red Bull ‘seduction’ (designed to mess with the head of their main challenger, surely?!) could mean he wakes up too late.

            1. imo both monaco and canada are not mistakes on hamiltons part maybe apart from the webber move. lewis is a pure racer and if he settled for results more often like button, instead of always going for the win he would be leading button. the fact is hamilton can afford to have more dnfs than button because he more than makes up for it throughout the season. two bad races and its the end of the world according to most people, its pretty pathetic if you ask me

            2. Except that on points lost he’s blown one and maybe two championships (2007 and 2010) through DNFs or losing position by making unforced mistakes (Interlagos 2007 trying to pass Alonso early on).

              I guess the question is: does it need to be all or nothing, or can he sometimes be a bit more patient? If you think carefully, many of Hamilton’s best wins – including Spa 2008! – have involved him catching the race leader towards the end. That’s not curbing his style, it’s pouncing at the right time.

    31. The talk of a bet keeps everyone quiet! Anyone up for it?? £100 wager, il have Hamilton, I doubt any of you button boys will accept the bet

      1. What to crash out more than twice in the rest of the season, nah, you are right, Hamilton will win that one ;-)

    32. To finish ahead of jenson lucky, Sunday driver button in this years championship!! :)

    33. I’m new to F1 (just over a year, attended Montreal 2010 and 2011, Mclaren/Lewis fan), and is downright disgusting to read some comments from long time F1 fan. It takes machine, man and track conditions to determine an outcome. Some drivers are obviously more talented than others, within the same team as their cars are of similar performance, and within the field. Weather played a huge part in that race and had it been dry conditions, the outcome would be totally different. Maybe no accidents/collisions, maybe Vettel wouldn’t have cracked, maybe Mclaren 1-2, who knows. Blame it on the rain. Point is, most of what happened in Montreal had to do with the track conditions and it’s nearly impossible to take a measure of relative performance, cars or drivers.

    34. Has anyone seen more details about how Button and Hamilton got their speeding penalties? In the past, once they were queued behind the safety car the delta was not important. And seeing as they have to follow within a certain number of car lengths, how can they speed?
      In the same way, looking at the lap times, after Button’s puncture he put in a 103sec lap, only marginally slower than the following race lap.
      Also, have we noticed how close Button was to going a lap down after the puncture!

    35. the mistake at interlagos didnt cost him the title, it was the gearbox problem that ended that dream. 2010 if it wasnt for vettels car troubles nobody else would have been in the title race anyway. name me one driver who hasnt made costly errors during a season. you will be hard pressed to tell me one that is for sure

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