Button scores tenth win in longest ever race

2011 Canadian GP stats & facts

Jenson Button, McLaren, Montreal, 2011

Jenson Button, McLaren, Montreal, 2011

Jenson Button won the Canadian Grand Prix by taking the lead on the last lap.

The last time that happened was the 2005 Japanese Grand Prix, when Kimi R??ikk??nen passed Giancarlo Fisichella to win.

Button was the first driver to win having only led the final lap since Fisichella’s victory in the 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Nelson Piquet won the Canadian Grand Prix 20 years ago in similar fashion, passing Nigel Mansell’s stricken Williams on the final lap to claim victory.

Button became the 32nd F1 driver to score ten Grand Prix wins. He now has as many as James Hunt, Ronnie Peterson, Jody Scheckter and Gerhard Berger.

He scored his third victory for McLaren, all of which have come in races affected by rain.

And he achieved his fourth fastest lap, putting him level with Jo Siffert, Jean-Pierre Beltoise, Patrick Depailler and Jean Alesi.

No points for Alonso and Hamilton

Fernando Alonso started from the front row for the first time since Singapore last year. But his string of 12 races in the points came to an end in the race. Likewise Lewis Hamilton failed to score for the first time in ten races.

Hamilton’s failure to finish means only Button and the two Red Bull drivers have completed the race distance in every Grand Prix this year.

Pastor Maldonado and the Lotus, Virgin and HRT drivers are yet to complete a race distance this year.

Michael Schumacher equalled his best result since returning to F1 with fourth. He now has as many points in the championship as team mate Nico Rosberg.

Eighth place was Jaime Alguersuari’s best result of his career and first points of 2011.

Toro Rosso had both cars in the points for the first time since the 2009 Australian Grand Prix.

Vitantonio Liuzzi gave HRT their best-ever result with 13th place. It moves them up from last in the championship to 11th, ahead of Virgin.

Longest race ever

The 2011 Canadian Grand Prix was officially the longest race that counted towards the world championship.

Total race time (including the suspension, which does not count towards the two-hour time limit) was 4hr 4’39.537, over an hour and a quarter longer than last year’s similarly disrupted Korean Grand Prix.

Previously the longest world championship round had been the 1951 Indianapolis 500, which took 3hr 57’38.050. The longest F1 race was the 1954 German Grand Prix, which lasted 3hr 45’45.800.

Vettel’s domination

Had Vettel won, he would have equalled Michael Schumacher’s feat of six wins and one second place in the first seven races.

He may have lost the battle but he’s emphatically winning the war – see the championship points graph for evidence of that. He has led 352 of the 442 laps so far this year, 79.6% of the total.

Team mate Mark Webber is yet to lead a single one, and has only spent four laps in front of his team mate all year.

Vettel’s sixth pole position of the year was the 21st of his career. Only nine drivers in F1 history have set more pole positions than Vettel.

If he were to take pole position in all the remaining races this year – which judging by what we’ve seen so far is not out of the question – he would move up to third on the all-time list:

Most career pole positions

Driver Poles
1 Michael Schumacher 68
2 Ayrton Senna 65
3 Jim Clark 33
4 Alain Prost 33
5 Nigel Mansell 32
6 Juan Manuel Fangio 29
7 Mika Hakkinen 26
8 Niki Lauda 24
9 Nelson Piquet 24
10 Sebastian Vettel 21

Review the year so far in statistics here:

Spotted any other interesting stats and facts from the Canadian Grand Prix? Share them in the comments.

In particular, can anyone work out who was the last driver before Button to win a race having been last on at least one lap?

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99 comments on Button scores tenth win in longest ever race

  1. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 13th June 2011, 15:44

    6 Safety Cars – Most ever in a GP

    Button winning with 6 trips to the pitlane, surely that’s a record too

    Vettel’s on his 9th consecutive podium, and 7th since the start of the season. Schumacher has I believe 21 consecutive podiums with 17 (100%) from the start of the season, could this be beaten?

    Red Bull (5) and McLaren (2) are the only teams to win a race this season. McLaren (1988) and Ferrari (2002 and 2004) hold the record for most wins in a season (15)

    Red Bull also on 100% pole record so far this season. Williams and McLaren (1993 and 1988) respectively hold the record at 15

  2. wigster (@wigster) said on 13th June 2011, 15:51

    I believe its the 1st race won by someone qualifying outside the top 6 since Alonso (who started 15th)in Singapore 2008. (And of course he was helped by the safety car a bit too…)

    Excluding that race it goes back to Japan 2005 where Kimi Raikkonen won from 17th. He is also the last person, before Button to win after qualifying in 7th place. That was also in Canada, and in 2005.

    • 91jb12 (@91jb12) said on 13th June 2011, 16:19

      was buttons win from hungary in 2006 from P14 without SC (cant remmebr that long ago)
      but if you mean fully dry conditions, then Kimis would surely be the last.

      • wigster (@wigster) said on 13th June 2011, 17:35

        Just checked. Button did start 14th at Hungary 06. he had a 10 place grid penalty for an engine change after qualifying 4th. It was wet and there was a safety car.

        so the last people to win starting lower then 6th before JB are:

        Alonso – Singapore 08 – starting 15th
        Button – Hungary 06 – starting 14th (He did qualify 4th)
        Raikkonen – Japan 05 – starting 17th
        Raikkonen – Canada 05 – starting 7th

        That’ll teach me to double check my sources in the future!

  3. ManjuBoy (@manjuboy) said on 13th June 2011, 16:12

    Keith, I’m amazed you can write all these great articles before, during and after a race. It would take me a week to write just one and it wouldn’t be nearly as good. Each one of your pieces is in-depth with unique analysis and excellent insights. I’ve been following your site for about 4 years now, and it is truly unique and stands out above all the others.

    Are there 20 Keiths running around writing, traveling and appearing on The Flying Lap?

  4. 91jb12 (@91jb12) said on 13th June 2011, 16:21

    Has Maylander in the SC lead more laps than anyone but Vettel yet
    I can think of Alonso leading 20 or so
    Button 30 or so
    Maylanders must have led 20-25 this year

  5. Bleu said on 13th June 2011, 16:22

    Too bad that Massa led one lap during the stops, because otherwise Vettel would have shared stat with Mansell (1991 Canada) by leading all laps but last.

  6. Ads21 (@ads21) said on 13th June 2011, 16:47

    “No points for Alonso and Hamilton”

    When was the last time this happened? I’m guessing Abu Dabhi 2009? Anyone know the last time when Alonso and Hamilton both retired from a grand prix?

  7. devotee (@devotee) said on 13th June 2011, 17:29

    First grand prix that finishes on Monday. (East Europe Time)

  8. th13teen said on 13th June 2011, 18:21

    I have never been so happy with a race win! What a race, totaly worth the 2 hour wait. It was a shame that Hamilton crashed but it was great to have a McLaren win the race and knock Vettel off his winning ways!

    Now Lewis your dating Nicole and you shouldnt be trading her in for Rihanna!

  9. Paul Gilbert said on 13th June 2011, 18:42

    Just like in the 2005 race (which also took place on 12 June), a McLaren won from 7th on the grid with his team-mate failing to finish, with the defending world champion (from Germany) finishing 2nd and his team-mate recovering to finish 3rd. Fernando Alonso failed to finish either race.

    This is the second time that Button has won the race having been dead last (excluding retirements) at one point. The first occasion was Australia 2010, in which he also collided with Alonso.

    Re Fisichella at Brazil 2003 – he did also lead the lap that was ‘erased’ due to the red flag.

    And it’s interesting to note that the battle for the lead towards the end was helped by a late safety car caused by a Renault crashing – only 2 weeks after we were denied a lead battle by a late race safety car and red flag caused by a Renault crashing.

  10. AndyF said on 13th June 2011, 20:37

    Has there ever been a race with more laps under safety car?

  11. Christopher Vissing said on 13th June 2011, 21:53

    win for a driver with most pit stops (or pit stops + drive thru’s) ? i don’t know if it has ever happened before, but 5 or 6 stops is just absolutely braindrill!!

  12. Browny (@browny) said on 14th June 2011, 0:41

    Has there been a race where the winner has made more pitstops? Button made, I think it was 6 pit-stops plus a drive through penalty, quite a few more than any of his opposition.

  13. marcusbreese (@marcusbreese) said on 14th June 2011, 2:01

    It seems to me there’s an interesting parallel to Turkey 2009. In that race, Button took the lead on the first lap after Vettel went fractionally wide at turn 9. Button was there to punish it, took the lead, and won.

    Candada 2011. Button took the lead on the final lap, after Vettel went fractionally wide at Turn 6. Button was there to punish it, took the lead, and won.

    Another interesting fact; the last four races that Button has won have all seen Vettel on pole (Canada ’11, China ’10, Aus ’10 and Turkey ’09).
    Not surprising considering how much Vettel has been on pole lately, but all the other winners in the last two years have managed at least one pole position to their name. Button has none. So I think we can conclude that Jenson is definetely not quite there with qualifying, but sensational race pace.

    • marcusbreese (@marcusbreese) said on 14th June 2011, 2:03

      Oh and one other thing, Button has now won 50% of his races in rain affected conditions (Hun ’06, Mal ’09, Aus + Chn ’10 and Canada ’11). Any other driver have that much success in the rain?

  14. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 14th June 2011, 2:39

    To be honest I can see Vettel challenging the record of Senna & Schumacher for the most numbers of poles.

  15. Dzsoz said on 14th June 2011, 11:26

    - Consecutive races with red flags:
    1976 British GP-German GP, 1990 Belgian GP-Italian GP, 1995 Italian GP-Portuguesse GP, 1998 Canadian GP-French GP
    - McLaren is the 3rd team after Williams and Ferrari with consecutive wins in Montreal, but the first one with different drivers
    - The last 5 times when Barrichello started from 16th on the grid, the race was wet

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