2011 Canadian GP stats & facts
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 Räikkönen 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.
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.
Had Vettel won, he would have equalled Michael Schumacher’s feat of six wins and one second place in the first seven races.
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
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Review the year so far in statistics here:
- 2011 F1 statistics
- 2011 F1 statistics: Championship points
- 2011 F1 statistics: Season records
- 2011 F1 statistics: Races
- 2011 F1 statistics: Qualifying
- 2011 F1 statistics: Retirements
- 2011 F1 statistics: Strategy
- 2011 F1 statistics: Driver form guides
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?
2011 Canadian Grand Prix
- Technical review: 2011 Canadian Grand Prix
- 2011 Canadian Grand Prix: complete race weekend review
- Vote for your Canadian GP driver of the weekend
- McLaren: Button makes amends for collision with stunning win
- Red Bull: Vettel finally cracks under pressure
- Ferrari: Alonso rues ‘bad luck’ after retiring
- Mercedes: Schumacher misses out on podium
- Sauber: Kobayashi slips from second to seventh
- Renault: Heidfeld crash leaves Petrov fifth
- Williams: Barrichello in points, Maldonado crashes
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