Friday 18 January 2019

Button magic in Montreal

Brit salutes ‘best’ win as Lauda slams ‘mad’ Hamilton

JENSON BUTTON hailed yesterday's crazy Canadian Grand Prix victory in Montreal as the best of his Formula One career.

Button's debut triumph, back in Hungary in 2006 when he came from 14th on the grid in wet conditions to take the chequered flag, was special enough after waiting 113 grands prix for the pleasure.

But yesterday's triumph was epic, as in a wet race it involved six visits into the pits – five for tyres and one drive-through penalty – and accidents with McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.

The second, which resulted in Alonso's retirement, also punctured a tyre on Button's car that necessitated one of the stops, pitching him to last place with 43 laps remaining.

But tenacity, determination, some brilliant driving and a slice of luck brought Button his 10th career win, and his first for 22 races.

That good fortune arrived around three kilometres from home as the leader and reigning champion Sebastian Vettel slid wide at turn six.

Button, who had reeled in the 23- year-old, had the door opened and needed no second invitation.

“My first grand prix win was pretty special, as it always will be, and it was a very similar situation with the weather,” said Button.

“But I would personally say it's the best one I've had in my career.

“To fight my way through from last, it's definitely my best race.”

For Hamilton, it was another horror show as first he collided with Red Bull's Mark Webber – who went on to finish third. Three laps later and the 26-year-old was forced to retire after a collision with Button that led to a puncture after hitting the pit wall.

Three-times world champion Niki Lauda described Hamilton as “mad”, suggesting one day he might kill somebody on track.

Hamilton and Button, though, both played down the incident.

Mercedes' Michael Schumacher was fourth, Renault's Vitaly Petrov fifth, with Felipe Massa sixth in his Ferrari.

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