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Canadian Grand Prix – who was your Driver of the Day?

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Canadian Grand Prix – who was your Driver of the Day?
Jun 13, 2011, 1:32 PM

Once we finally got underway, there were thrills and spills from start to finish at a rain-soaked Montreal, but who stole the show in your eyes? ...

Once we finally got underway, there were thrills and spills from start to finish at a rain-soaked Montreal, but who stole the show in your eyes?

Jenson Button

Qualified a disappointing seventh, two places behind team-mate Hamilton, and picked up a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane while the first safety car was deployed. Clashed with Hamilton on the start-finish, forcing the latter out of the race. Then hit Alonso, forcing the Ferrari driver out. Picked up a puncture as a result, dropping him to the back of the field. Delivered a supreme fight back, passing championship leader Vettel on the final lap for his first victory of the season and 10th of his career.

Sebastian Vettel

Crashed his Red Bull into the ‘Wall of Champions’ in practice – the second time he has crashed on a Friday in four races. Recovered the situation with another dominant qualifying, scoring his sixth pole in seven races this season. Led away at the start and dealt well with all the safety car interruptions. Looked on course for his seventh victory in eight races, but struggled with his tyres in the final stint and made a mistake on the final lap. That let Button through but second saw the German extend his championship lead to 60 points.

Photo: Red BullMark Webber

Qualified fourth but was pushed into a spin by Hamilton at Turn 2 when the race finally got underway. Rejoined the field in 10th but battles his way back to sixth. Lost a place to Schumacher when he gets out of shape, but wass very fast in the final stint and climbed his way up to third. Another mistake lets Button through, but the Aussie limits the damage by passing Schumacher with the aid of the DRS with six laps to go for the final podium.

Michael Schumacher

Made a great start from eighth to run fifth in the opening stages. Defended brilliantly from Hamilton early on but his decision to come in from intermediates backfires as the rain intensifies. Took sixth place off Webber before putting a supreme move on Kobayashi and Massa, passing the two in one corner as the pair squabble among themselves. Looked on course for first podium since Chinese Grand Prix in 2006 when running second, but was a sitting duck as the DRS lets Button and Webber cruise past him. Nonetheless, finished fourth in what was arguably his best performance since his return.

Kamui Kobayashi

Crashed heavily in second practice to compound Sauber’s troubles after team-mate Perez announced he wasn’t ready to return to racing. Qualified 13th, but delivered another gritty drive to rise as high as second before the race was red flagged because of heavy rain. Valiantly held off Massa, but lost out to Schumacher while doing so. Hit by Heidfeld and then passed by Petrov and then Massa on the finish line to ultimately finish seventh.

Vitaly Petrov

Came to Montreal on the back of a heavy crash in Monaco but was passed fit to race. Was edged out in qualifying by team-mate Heidfeld and started 10th. Struggled to make much progress in the early stages, but made good decisions on strategy and passed Kobayashi in the closing stages to score fifth – his second best result of season after a podium in Melbourne.

Jaime Alguersuari

Started from the pitlane after the team decided to change the torsion bars in the suspension and front and rear wings in anticipation of a wet race. Kept his nose clean and quietly moved up the field, finishing eighth, two places ahead of team-mate Buemi, for his first points finish of the season.

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