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His Winning Finger On The Button

This is the moment Jenson fans have been waiting for. The British racing ace has finally secured a victory in the 2011 Grand Prix Season.  And it happened in the beautiful locale of Canada.

The Gilles Villeneuve circuit in Montreal was where Jenson Button’s second year with McLaren saw a win. He finished the race in 4:04:39.537.  The reigning champion Sebastian Vettel, driving for Red Bull Formula had the unusual sensation of coming in second. But he was still ahead of his team mate, the Australian Mark Webber, whom has called Vettel the man to beat this season. This is in spite the German driver not winning this particular race. He is still way in front of the pack on points, being almost 60 ahead of his nearest rival. Who just happens to be Button.

However it was not all plain sailing for Brit Lewis Hamilton. The criticism he incurred in Monte Carlo followed him in Canada. Here folk lambasted his reportedly aggressive driving. He allegedly spun Mark Webber around and collided with his own team mate Jenson Button, before retiring. It is claimed Hamilton drove too erratically in Montreal’s rain swept conditions. This is on top of rumours he is about to leave McLaren and join Vettel and Webber at Red Bull.

It appears in recent events we have witnessed something of a turn in the public’s perception of Hamilton. It is almost as if he has changed somewhat from hero to villain. This is best summed by up three time world champion Niki Lauda, whom, commentating on the race for television, called his driving “completely mad”.

“I was always a fan of his, but what Lewis did in Monte Carlo and now here, not at all. That is completely insane”.

Who knows what the future has in store for Hamilton? Can he claw back his standing and put this unpleasantness behind him? Or, on the other hand, is this the beginning of a winning streak for Button? Will he be able to catch up with Vettel? There are still a lot of twists and turn s this season. We look forward to the next race; the illustrious 2011 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe in Valencia; Spain, on the 26th of June.

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