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Thank you very much for staying with us and moving over to the BBC
Two channel. We are still under safety car conditions. No sign of
the safety car coming in. It is yet to make it to half distance. And
thank you very much to the BBC One viewers. We are now moving over to
BBC Two. We await the safety car to make the decision. He goes round
again. Also on the BBC HD channel as well now as you watch the line
of 23 cars illegally awaiting the restart of this Canadian Grand Prix.
-- eagerly awaiting the start. Just to remind you that Lewis Hamilton
is out. He had contact with his team-mate, Jenson Button. There
were pieces of his car flying up hitting the if pit boards that the
mechanics were holding up. A close encounter with the pit wall. Ted,
what is the weather looking like? It is bright sunshine in the pit
lane. More drivers have been on the radio saying it is fine to get
going. OK, the drivers think it is fine to get going. We think it is
fine to get going but that is not the message we are getting at the
moment. And still no sign of any change in that. Just coasting
around. The left foot on the brake pedal, right foot on the loud pedal
trying to put some energy into those brakes and tyres. Presumably,
there are still drivers out there saying it is too wet. But we have a
semi dry line down at the hairpin. Surely, the safety car will come in
on this lap? A little better standing water coming in off the
racing line. As their head down to what is normally a 200 mile an hour
straight. The safety car lights are not out so he will take a right and
they left to start just another lap. DAVID COULTHARD: I do not think it
is an issue with standing water. It must be the guy is complaining
about visibility. Do you think it is time twos dark racing? -- to
start racing. It is about there. Jenson is ready to go. It will
surely be this lap as they ran down into the first corner. They will be
visualising the restart. Obviously, it is a concertina effect which
makes it difficult to get up close. They can overtake into the chicane.
I think you can -- you should abseil down the commentary box and
stand in the middle of the chicane and wave your arms that the safety
can't tell him to get off the track. I cannot see any standing water at
all on the racing line, especially as they are all on the extreme wet
weather tyres. You can hear the rough sounding engine which is the
exhaust blaring on the throttle with the throttle being lifted off.
Lewis is listening to the BBC commentary. Those systems are going
to stop from the British Grand Prix onwards where the teams are not
allowed to do that. A lot of people are saying it will hurt Red Bull.
It will certainly change how the drivers attack the slow corners.
They get on the throttle. The system going away. I think they
will be limited to 10 % of open throttle after the British Grand
Prix. Manic rewriting of the codes of the engines there. But does not
our problem today. Our problem today is the safety car is still on
the racetrack. They are heading down the back straight again.
Amazingly, it seems as if the safety car will go at around one
more time. The lights are still flashing. He likes it out front of
there. Yes, he is going for a laps led record. I feel it in my water,
Martin, this lap, the safety car in. Not a pleasant thought! That is
what you said on the last lap. He said he was coming in on the last
lap. The two Renaults line astern in fourth and fifth. They have had
a strong weekend. The safety car is in this lap, just as Jerome
d'Ambrosio. They have put on a set of intermediates. That feels wrong
to make. We have held the safety car out there and now you have got
to drive straight on the intermediates because that is how
the track looks. RADIO: How many laps before intermediates? Probably
a few. On racing line it is pretty good. Jenson is saying if this was
the start of the race proper, I would have the intermediates on. He
experienced them earlier on in the Grand Prix which were working well
for him but in a narrow window of time. Let's see what Kobayashi can
do. This is his moment. It is his big moment to see if he can leave -
- lead this Grand Prix. I think Sebastian Vettel would be more
comfortable having Massa behind him. Vettel takes over and becomes the
safety car effectively controlling the pace of the pack. It is so easy
to run into another driver in those circumstances. Vettel has bolted,
he is going for it. He does not want care by Ashley anywhere near
him. Massa is closer to Kobayashi. Paul di Resta et is down the
outside. Massa is so close to Kobayashi. What will they do when
they get down to turn one? Will Felipe Massa have a chance to take
back that position? Kobayashi has a better line. They will be so close
into two. Great driving by Kobayashi. Mark Webber in seventh
place. Schumacher has cumin also as has it will, presumably for
intermediate tyres. Glock, Barrichello and Buemi are all
trying to take advantage of the situation. They are scampering into
the pit lane. Which of the frontrunners will try the
intermediate so again? They all got caught out last time? At the moment,
the sky looks significantly clearer. Interestingly, it looks like
Kobayashi has opened up a little bit the gap to massive. -- to
second lead. Nico Rosberg has fallen back down the field. It
looks like he has had a drama somewhere. Vettel leads at the end
of this first complete lap. We're just making half-distance. We have
an investigation going on as well. Di Resta is in the pits as well. A
long wait for the safety car to get out of the way I now drivers are
saying the track is so dry, they would like a set of intermediates.
Button is pitting as well. By a long line of drivers pitting. Off
Button goes down the pit lane, 62 miles an hour until he gets to the
speed line and then he can let it go. D'Ambrosio has a drive-through
penalty for having incorrect tyres. Presumably, the safety car had not
gone in at that time. And we have the Force India across the grass at
turn three. It was so still. Jenson Button right behind him. Look at
this for a traffic jam. Michael Schumacher is in there as well.
has pitted, of course. He has abettors traffic in front of him.
He has an HRT in front of him. Look at all that slow traffic. Is that
Sutil? There is a long line of cars. Sutil coming round the outside of
the Lotus of Jarno Trulli. And Sutil goes into deep. Button comes
up the inside. Then another stream of cars in the pits. We have both
the Ferraris in. They will have to queue up. Did I see that correctly?
Alonso will have to queue up behind. He will have to lose even more time.
And unsafe release from Ferrari. A bit of confusion. The Ferrari
mechanics were looking down the pit lane saying, what are you doing
here as well? It is all kicking off out there. Be track begins to dry.
Ted is there. It was a nightmare. The Ferrari boys did all they could
but Fernando Alonso lost loads of places, including two Nico Rosberg.
He will have to regain place is at on track. With Virgin, it was a
case of not knowing the rules. When you restart a race under the safety
tyres on. We have a Ferrari of. Fernando Alonso has beached the
Ferrari. It is in the second chicane. It is turn three. And I
think that correctly? It looks like a 3 and four. The safety car, our
favourite car of the day, has been deployed. Button has got a puncture.
I wonder if there has been contact? I wonder if Jenson Button and
Fernando Alonso got together somewhere. Vettel again making the
best of some free space at the front. It keeps falling into place
for Red Bull. A set of intermediate tyres go one. That was as sweet as
you want. That was a beautiful pit stop. Let's have a look at this.
Yes, it was Button up the inside of Alonso. Alonso did not want to
yield and contact. That is Jenson's second contact of the afternoon. We
will see from behind the Mercedes. Jenson up the inside of the Ferrari.
Jenson said, I am coming through. Unfortunately, Jenson with a
damaged left front. Will his steering arm be damaged? Well that
tyre do any further bodywork damage as he coaxes it back to the pits?
How did you see that? It looked like there was enough room for them
to get through. As it tightened off on slippery paint, that is a
vacated cockpit for Fernando Alonso. If he gets pushed out of there,
he's in a dangerous position. He might be allowed to carried on.
Maybe he was just ticking over and hoping someone might push him out
of that position. There was some contact on the rear wing. True. The
McLaren of Button, in the pits for the 4th time, I believe it is,
today. Make that five. So, four pit stops and a drive through for
Button for exceeding the speed limit behind the safety car early
on. Ted was down at McLaren. Front suspension looks OK. The nose was
damaged, as were the rims on the front left. The chief mechanic had
a look at it and the left side is OK. Don't worry, Jenson, the race
is just over half over at the moment. Plenty of time, the way
this race is unfolding, who knows what is going to happen? Here is
the replay. Take us through it. Jenson is fairly on the inside. You
know, I think Ben Ando was out of view. If they gave him room, on the
apex, it would be the right position for the left-hand part of
that part of the chicane. It was always going to be a bit of a
closing gap. He was relying a lot on the fact that Jenson was able to
slow the car. We are going to have to call that a racing incident.
Only one at daytime through there, it's hard enough by yourself.
but those are two highly skilled people. You might imagine that
they'd be able to find their way through. Fernando gave him space to
have his car in there. You could argue that he was trying to recover
a lost position. But that is what you are meant to do a racing
situation. Fernando Alonso was six in the Racing Championship. People
scored no points today. Let's remind you of the running order.
That is now all shaken out. We got three cars out of the race. Alonso,
Kovalainen, Button is out in last place, I believe, 21st. He will
catch the pack. He will be 21st. Vettel, he leads from Kobayashi in
the Sauber. Felipe Massa is third for Ferrari. Mark Webber gains a
place, sixth. Michael Schumacher, we've seen lots of overtaking from
him. He's 7th. Petrov his 8th for Renault. Rosberg is the 9th. Sutil
is second, Force India is 10th. Rubens Barrichello is 11th. Abbas
Zhari, Buemi, Toro Rosso, 13th and 14th. D'Ambrosio, we saw him coming
in the earlier. At the moment he showing in 15th place. You're not
allowed to take a penalty during a safety car period. He may have to
take that afterwards. I don't know, I've not been watching. The
incident is under investigation. We've got a replay going on here of
the cars... Heidfeld must have passed him on track. But Massa was
ahead of him in the queue. Timo Glock is 16th. De la Rosa or. Well,
Jenson Button is restricted to the safety car speed now. He will
struggle to catch the pack too much. He might be there by the time they
get under way. Jenson, way out back is what you called a racing
closely at that. We need a few more camera angles to see if he was just
closing the door too much John Jenson. Jenson had the inside line,
he can't make his car disappear. learned that lesson in Monaco. We
saw different angles after the race and it looked completely different.
Kobayashi asleep once more. Massa is not, he's right with him. To
remind you, when they get to the safety car line, they can start
doing some overtaking. Kobayashi is lying off on the brakes. Lots of
action going on down the field. Once again it is the world champion
and the championship leader Sebastian Vettel who clears the
line. He's one second ahead on the restart already. Jenson Button has
just about caught the back of this snake, as he crosses the line. A
couple of seconds adrift, but he'll be right in amongst the action.
Looking to take off those two HRTs. The track surface is slippery
insect 11. It looks pretty slippery in all of the sectors to me. Mark
Webber fends off a Schumacher move in to turn six. The old rain master
himself, Michael Schumacher, looking pretty handy this afternoon.
He will be happy with the progress is making. Seventh place, looking
for that area with the least amount of rubber. Interesting that Mark
Webber was absolutely on the normal is so easy to lose a front wing,
lock your brake, and you have to brake late into the hairpin
otherwise you will be marked. Michael Schumacher dropped back a
little bit there. Mark Webber is in the slipstream of Paul Di Resta.
Dorest days in only his 7th Grand Prix, doing a fine job. Having a
good look at the back of my head coming back to that battle between
Webber and Di Resta, Di Resta's top speed is about four seconds quicker.
Looks good at the moment, Nico, still looks good. There's been some
contact, he's worrying if he had a puncture. He obviously had an
incident somewhere. Is it contact with Sutil or something? On the
restart, yes. It's what I was talking about earlier, how you can
break your front wing. That was behind the safety car. Now Rosberg
has got Barrichello for company. This is a replay. Barrichello,
taking the position. It all went horribly wrong for Nico Rosberg.
Well, it wasn't exactly going well for Adrian Sutil. You're going to
lose your front wing, going into... Weather wide, well out of shade!
Sue Macca cruises past Mark Webber. Too hot on the throttle. Michael
Schumacher takes over sixth place. Damaged front wing. You've broken
the front wing. So, Dorest DEC, he half-heartedly left the front of
his car in the action. Surely, that's going to give him horrible
understeer. He can barely get into turn one. The worst place for it to
happen, where he cannot turn into the pit lane. He has to do a full
lap. He will be losing chunks of time. Disappointment. Experience, a
half-hearted move. It's like a half-hearted football tackle. You
can't do it. Very wide in five, he's got to be careful that he
doesn't get sucked into the barrier. Schumacher and Webber go through.
And he will get a new front wing when he gets into the pits. As long
as he doesn't throw into the barriers meanwhile, he's still
fighting with petrol. But he needs to be careful. Look, he's lost his
wheel. You have so much less grip Webber is coming back. Michael
Schumacher. So, the incident between Button and Alonso will be
investigated after the race, we are reading. What a great fight going
on. Two old hands, Michael Schumacher, Mark Webber, in
challenging conditions. Kobayashi is holding Massa off very nicely
indeed. A long line of cars into that final chicane. They are
pulling a bit of lateral down there, they've got some grip. This, I'm
afraid, was just clumsy. Will give him credit where it is due, but
that is not good driving. No point and taking that risk, in my view.
Its one of the fastest points on the track. He made his decision
before breaking. A little sniff up the inside. Unfortunately, it was
always going to be an ever closing door. You thought you had to slice
past them, didn't you, stop them turning in and then make your turn
into the corner? Well, that's true. But sometimes you've got to
position yourself why he is going to brake, it's wet, he'll brake
early, il brake that bit earlier. You've got to sort it out before
the apex. A drive-through penalty for car 13, Adrian Sutil,
overtaking behind the safety car. I didn't see the overtaking, but I
certainly saw him running into Nico Rosberg. He is about to have his
merits full of Michael Schumacher and Mark Webber. Although he made
that mistake in the hairpin, to let that mistake in the hairpin, to let
him through, the Red Bull doesn't appear to have great traction.
Button is making his way back, up to 15th at the moment. That's
interesting, Mark Webber is running off-line. While we watch him
through that last chicane, he's struggling for drive of the hairpin,
struggling for drive of the hairpin, of the last chicane, relative to
Michael Schumacher. It's almost as these tyres. We had one practice
session in Istanbul. I think this is an adventure for everybody, to
see how far these tyres will go. What is the crossover point when
you think about putting a slights on? Epic that will be a very
difficult decision indeed. -- he's not swamped by team personnel.
I'm at McLaren, he's coming towards me. I don't know if he is going to
come looking for a bit of BAFTAs. Get it out the way, as quickly as
we can. Get past him. Mercedes, they are readings and tyres.
Michael Schumacher has been ten laps on these tyres. He was the
first to pit of last 34. We believe he's into his last ten laps or so.
It might be the case that the tyres have gone. The intermediate a
beginning to overheat. They move around and generate extra heat.
It's a different kind of compound? As Ted has rightly said, the
projections we have had from Pirelli, and from the teams, as
Michael Schumacher really hit the kerb on his way into the last
chicane, and he's in front of Heidfeld. Michael Schumacher is the
man on the move right now. He'll be in fourth place. Remember, in
qualifying, we were seeing times down in their 1:13s. We are still a
long way away. BRS has been unable to. They decided in raised control,
despite everybody being on a wets, when DNS is not usually allowed,
they have decided it is suitable for ERS to be enabled. It is a
double DRS. You get one shot at it all the way down. I think it's 13
seconds of full throttle towards the final chicane. And then you get
a second bite of DRS, even if you have overtaken the other driver,
down to the first corner. Which I think would be proper scary, it you
see them going side by side, one with his rear wing open. He hits
the brake pedal, Nick Heidfeld is still fighting off Mark Webber.
Another investigation of de la Rosa and Heidfeld. The stewards are
looking at it. Hopefully young Paul is not going to... Paul Di Resta,
actually. Hopefully Heidfeld and de la Rosa... Di Resta, Surrey, they
are not going to get another drive through there. Massa has just been
told to get on with it, move him out of the way was the exact
instruction. Massa has done the fastest lap of the race so far.
You've got Mark Webber, Sidley within the doctors activation point.
Heidfeld gets a little bit off the from him. That allowing Petrov to
close the gap. The first set a time, that is three-tenths quicker than
good wage coming in to turn that critics. It's going to be difficult
for him to get within one second when he gets into turn 10.
measurement point is on the exit of the turn 10 chicane, not on the way
in. You can't just hammer the that Red Bull does not have the
traction of the Renault, as we saw before. He has the gear wing wide
open and Vitaly Petrov all over his gearbox. He should have the
advantage, but Vitaly Petrov has to pull back in behind. Unfortunately,
his team-mate hurt him because his fellow -- his fellow Renault driver
enabled him to get it open. For some reason, the Red Bull is fast
around the lap but does not have the traction in these difficult
conditions. A bit are getting dry lines appearing around the track --
we are getting. If you have got a little bit of flying, it is
unforgiving. -- off wind. The last time, you pressed the Button too
early so did not get the DFS. are not allowed to pre-selected. --
to pre-selected. Schumacher is flying, ten-second off the lead at
the moment. Sebastian Vettel out front, clear of Kamui Kobayashi. 1
second clear of Felipe Massa. And the stewards had better cancel
their planes home because they will be busy tonight. And Adrian Sutil
running into the back of him, behind the safety car. Mark Webber
having a look at the back of Nick Heidfeld. He is nowhere near him in
the traction zone, look at the gear wing wide open! -- the gear wing.
The stern won it is tricky. The Renault has always been good.
Button is right on the back of Pastor Maldonado. Michael
Schumacher, a new fastest lap of the race. Four-tenths quicker than
Sebastian Vettel who still leads. Jenson Button around the inside. It
is like train tracks now, isn't it? He was very wide, he missed his
turn. And that is Jaime Alguersuari getting very wide on the exit. He
has certainly got rid of him. It is quite bumpy under the bridge into
turn eight. He would get himself into position into 10 at.
Struggling for traction relative to their Toro Rosso. That is why.
does not even need to be but has pushed wide onto the water. He can
open his a wing now. He now has some speed. Forcing him into the
outside. That was easy! He made it look easy! And he easily pulls away
down into the first chicane at. car Schumacher has been off the
track at turn eight and has continued -- Michael. He has
responded to try and recover some of that ground. Sebastian Vettel
leads on lap 50. And Kamui Kobayashi is just ahead of Felipe
Massa. Sebastian Vettel seems to be coping with the tyres. So careful
on the throttle not to generate wheelspin. He starts to look for
the water on the site of the track. And that begins to disappear as the
other drivers do the same thing. He needs coolant, that is sitting on
the site of the racetrack. A drive- through penalty for Paul di Resta
for avoiding -- for causing an avoidable collision. Tell us when
you think you are within three laps... He I think we are not far
now. That is understood, keep us updated. Mark Webber thinks he is
there already, he is in the pit. That is the super soft option
compound, and now we will see something. Are a brave decision,
but that sort of thing can make a big difference for Mark Webber.
he makes it to the racetrack, Ted. Rubens Barrichello is also on the
softer tyre. But Adrian Sutil came in first. It is tentative. Check
out Adrian Sutil, look at his times. Non it could, he has a puncture. --
they are not good. My cup Schumacher has gone past these two!
-- Michael. In a lot of action. Schumacher has passed Felipe Massa
and Kamui Kobayashi. And he is surely in second place now!
Schumacher up flying, brilliant striving. How much longer does he
wants to go? The fastest lap of the race is Sebastian Vettel, so he is
happy. And Mark Webber has done his personal best middle sector of the
Grand Prix already, so he seems initially pretty happy. Schumacher
just in first place now. It went wrong here for Kamui Kobayashi. He
went wide Internet, contact with Felipe Massa. -- he went wide. And
Schumacher went past them and takes second place now. To pancake just
had to get back on the track and that allows Michael momentum --
Kamui Kobayashi just had to get back. His strongest performance
this year. And that is Button, who presumably has just pitted. As has
Jaime Alguersuari. And Timo Glock. He went in the pit once for a
penalty and five times to change his tyres. Mark Webber has done his
personal best in the first sector. I think we can expect all of the
cars to be pitting now. Adrian Sutil with suspension damage.
Schumacher is in. Felipe Massa also. Kamui Kobayashi has gone past. That
could be costly for the Sauber driver. Red Bull has a lead over
Kamui Kobayashi. They made us wait for this action, but it is pretty
good! It is, and Mark Webber has gone fastest in the middle sector
so it is clear. Schumacher or struggling for traction. They are
running on wet track. Mark Webber is very quick. Sebastian Vettel has
to come in now, he has no action -- no option. SUE BARKER: On a charge,
he pitted from second place -- SUE BARKER:. Vitaly Petrov is in third
at the moment. And Mark Webber is flying. And a damaged front rink --
front wing UN Felipe Massa. Cars all over the place! They are trying
to find grip on their tyres. The race leader pits for a fresh set of
tyres, they do not have to use both compound in this race. Because it
has been a wet race, that regulation falls away, so they can
keep running the soft tyre until the end of the Grand Prix, if we
ever get to it. And we watch Nick Heidfeld into the final corner. And
it looks pretty certain Felipe Massa has been in the wars with
that amount of damage. This is the exit of turn seven. That was him
trying to get past a HRT. He just bounced down the wall, basically.
Big change the front of rink -- they are changing the front wing.
Mark was just behind Michael last time passed, we are joining the
action. Would he risk running off the line? What his engineer tell
him to be careful of doing an Alonso. Jenson Button has done the
fastest of the race. But still slower than pole position. Still
carrying a third of a tank of fuel as we once again see a battle
between SUE BARKER: And Mark Webber. Button is flying in seventh place -
- between Michael Schumacher and Mark Webber. Mark Webber comes to
the inside! He thinks better of it, will he had to go across? He does,
indeed. Mark Webber getting a little bit too hot. You write
faster with that wing Open and half to brake earlier. You do not show
your hand to my call, you pass him or keep your car online -- show
your hand to Michael Schumacher. He is in the faster car in these
conditions. We are on lap 55 of 70. We have just 15 to go, that has
gone quickly. Sebastian Vettel is in the lead. He had a 10.7 second
lead over Michael Schumacher before the pit stop. Mark Webber inferred.
Kamui Kobayashi in fourth. Jenson Button in fifth, back through the
field. These drivers are desperately trying to find a place
on the race track. So easy to lock a break -- a brake and go into the
driver in front. Black p is on, he is 1.5 seconds faster than the
leader -- the lap he is on. Button is flying, so is Mark Webber.
Michael Schumacher has closed the gap by two seconds. Man --
Sebastian Vettel extremely cautious. The problem is the damp patches.
Getting off line, as we have seen... He has broken his front wing! None
of them know where it is! I do not expect any safety car unless there
is debris on the track. That is scary when you run over your front
wing, because you have no brakes at the same time. So much grip from
that Renault and he ran into the back of him as he was waiting for
Kamui Kobayashi to pick the throttle up. It looks silly, but it
is easy to do. That was scary, but one of the areas of the track with
a run-off barrier was easier to go down. It will be interesting to see
if Kamui Kobayashi has any damage. Frustrating for Renault, who were
looking for a good result this weekend. A battle again between
Mark Webber and Michael Schumacher. Butter is catching them like crazy!
-- Jenson Button. He is quicker than a week of Sebastian Vettel. A
bit of a lead -- a bit of traffic ahead of him, Jerome d'Ambrosio. It
would be so easy to pick up a pub shut. And normally, they would
throw a safety car. -- a safety car. And we have got it. That is a
sensible move. Have they picked up a lead us? They have not. The
leader is down, and this is interesting. And this works
beautifully, because it closes the pack up, they are all lapping
significantly faster than Sebastian Vettel, and they will now cruise up
behind him forget another safety Button it is bad. The reason he was
going so quickly is that he was the first one on to this tyre, on lap
51, the dry tyre. That's why it, he had good heats on it, but it takes
so long to get good heat in to it. Vettel is struggling to get
temperature, but now the fight has been neutralised. Well, I still
think that Jenson would be quite... He was 13 seconds ahead -- adrift
of the leader, albeit catching up two second a lap, and do a lot of
that work is now going to be done for him, as they pick their way
through the debris, all of the sharp edges of the carbon fibre
that gets sent up into the sky like confetti. Heidfeld's Renault have
digested its own front wing. You can hear, that is the rough sound
again Jon's, where they go on to four cylinders for better traction
through the exit. They are feeding the underneath of the car with hot
exhaust gases to help the downforce. Yet another device to clear cast
off the track. An old-fashioned style circuit, the barriers are
right alongside the racetrack. Let's just remind ourselves of
where everybody is at. Still, they haven't picked up Vettel with the
safety car, about to do so. They left the runners go through. This
is a replay of the Heidfeld incident. Looks like Kobayashi got
a little bit wide as he went through turn two. Heidfeld, on the
other hand, he aced the apex and said, right, I'll get on to the
power. The end result was that the front wing fell under the car and
sent him off. He gets wide on to the wet. Nick Heidfeld hasn't
recognised that. They now throttle on in the slow corners. That's why.
You've got this unusual situation, you never used to go through a slow
corner with your fudge buried into the throttle. Nearly stopped, I
don't know what he was doing there. OK. I can tell him what he was
doing, on the damp patch, he made a brake tested me. We don't believe
that the sow back as the hot blown exhaust. They don't use that to
draw full in the slow corner. I feel sorry for Nick Heidfeld. Or he
was tried to do was used the grip pretty. They haven't rehearsed that.
that knows change at the 11th. There were any his 12th. De la Rosa
or his 13th.... His 15th, Liuzzi is 17. Out of the Grand Prix, Nick
Heidfeld. Fernando Alonso, Kovalainen, Lewis Hamilton. We have
19 runners, somehow, Romanian this Grand Prix. And I think we've got,
ourselves, an incredible grandstand finish to this race. Vettel looks
like he's got the pace to control things. Under normal dry weather
conditions, which the racing line is, Michael Schumacher has not been
as quick as Mark Webber or Jenson Button. The man on the move before
the safety car was Jenson Button. The pace was incredible. Does
Sebastian Vettel have enough in hand to open up a little bit of a
gap? Does Michael Schumacher have enough to keep it on the racing
line and make it difficult for Marc Webb and Jenson Button? Mark is a
situation where before he was the predator, he's become the prey.
the third time we've had four safety cars in this Grand Prix.
2007 was the last time. But we haven't finished yet. Still plenty
of debris about, especially as that is an overtaking spot, down into
three. Still a little bit damp out there. Who is that between Webber
and Button?... Is currently between. in front been on six? Vettel put
his slicks on two laps after us. age of tyres. They wouldn't have
hit Demos hard as under normal, dry conditions. The man they used to
call the new Schumacher, who has become the current Sebastian Vettel,
fending off, he leads the restart, fending off a man who must have
been and remains a great hero to him, Michael Schumacher. He has
legged it Again of the hairpin, which he likes to do. He has given
the safety car enough of a Martian. -- margin. DRS is not enabled. Sue
Mattek is down the outside. Yellow flags waving for some reason.
Presumably, the safety car was still in range. Away they go. We
wait two laps for the DRS to be enabled after the safety car
restart. Button has cleared the back marker. Webber is again all
over the back of Michael Schumacher. This is going to be a titanic scrap.
Vettel was being too cautious on the slicks. They were catching him,
hand over fist. Michael, with two wheels on the damp as he goes over
five. Mark Webber is soon to have a mirror full of Jenson Button. No d
r s, we know that there are no special tools to giddy the extra
speed on the straight. But The Is in fourth place. Someone will have
to sit him down at the end and explain what went on. Webber, so
close to Schumacher. Sue Macca, very late on the brakes. -- Sue
he doesn't need to start risking it the corners. He may not be quite as
quick in the terms. You can see Mark Webber, going against what I
was saying in the run-out of turn two. On the latter part of the lap,
with the DRS activation point, Michael Schumacher seems to be able
to get off that turn well. The real issue is that Mark Webber has
Jenson Button all over the back of him. It's going to be a Dan Dare
move, on the damp stuff, for somebody to have a move. It's hard
to get in the line, right behind another driver. You go right to the
edge of the damp patch, but you don't want to touch, because you
know it will suck you into it. Look at the water off the racing line.
Schumacher's wife, she doesn't want new lap. Michael Schumacher, then,
he is so badly wanted a comeback podium. By to justify his decision.
Big yellow flags are wading. What is going on in turns or two.
Somebody has just spun a. Now they've got green. Something in the
pitied. Schumacher is just behind Vettel. It is now a question of
which two of these three are going to be... Look at that! I enough
grip out there. Schumacher is really bringing it out. He was
extremely wide, but also Mark Webber. DRS is enacted. Now we are
going to see how effective it is. Two Straits from the hairpin to the
final chicane and all the way down into the first corner. Michael
Schumacher is a sitting target. Look at the difference it is
making! Where there goes down the outside. He's lost his left front!
Here have to allow Michael back past. That, Jenson Button has got
DRS, presumably. He will habit, he was close behind. Weather must give
that place back, or he'll get a penalty. He surely gained a place.
There he goes. He's not going to let Button through at the same time.
Can he measure it? Great stuff. Clever driving and thinking by Mark
Webber. He can get anywhere near Michael, he gets the bonus of the
DRS. Indeed. That's exactly what Jenson Button should have done, if
we remember back in Melbourne. He passed Felipe Massa. A don't take
the risk, just give the place back and worry about it later. Michael
definitely got some good drive out of that corner. He's so brave,
running out onto that damp patch. Look at the gap that gives him on
the run down to turn 10. He's now shown his colours, Mark, and he
knows he can get down the outside. You can see the activation point,
in the slipstream. We saw Michael, was at last year? He misses the
corner again. Nearly lost it! Button sails past him. Somehow
finding enough grip. Mark Webber, pushing his luck. Yellow flags are
waving inter-necine 1. But he had nearly dropped it. Webber said,
I'll have some of that, thank you. Another replay of the same move.
Brave stuff from Jenson. He pulls the car overrun to the damp part of
the track. We saw what happened to Felipe Massa when he told that move.
Now Jenson is chasing down Michael Schumacher. He will get the
advantage of the DRS, rear wing. But not yet. Jenson is feeling
particularly punchy, by the looks of it. If he's within one second as
he exits his corner, he gets the advantage of the rear wing. It will
pop open as they go over his next line. Surely he's got a great
chance. He's coasting past. Schumacher is looking in his mirror.
Is he ahead of him? Yes, he is. Button was into second place. Now
he can use the wing again, where do you think it's right or not. And a
bit surprised by this double DRS, when you get a second bite. But he
didn't actually use it. Looked like a malfunction. We saw that on
Alonso in China, it popped up at a strange point. Now, with a new
fastest lap of the race, lapping 1.5 seconds faster than the leader,
Vettel, overtaking Michael Schumacher, albeit. Only three
seconds in front, this race is not over for the wind or the last point,
the last step on the podium. Michael Schumacher, he did all he
could, made his move daily. But that the difference in the speed,
when you have DRS in the slipstream. The they see their man slipped down
to third. Still in a podium position, but how much longer for?
Webber, Button is absolutely flying. He's 1.3 seconds quicker, halfway
round the current lap, as he starts homing in. Vettel is going to have
to show us what he's got. Vettel has a personal best first and
second sector. It's miles lower than that man, second-place Jenson
Button. He loves these conditions. Webber, with his real winger
available. Michael Schumacher, crossed the kerbs. I think he's
still got his hands for. Michael Schumacher, slippery track in
sector 11. Look at that. Button is 1.5 seconds quicker than Vettel on
at last lap alone. The gap is 1.6. He will be right on the back of him
at the end of this lap. A hopefully the camera will pick that up for us.
An interesting battle for third and fourth. What can Button do? He can
smell the victory. Is there enough time left? Four minutes available,
are we going to get all of the laps in? It will be so close between the
time of the two a time limit and it might just save Vettel, if we are
one lap short of the distance. A slippery track flag. They matched
each other in the middle sector. I don't think Button is close enough
Michael Schumacher defending hard against Mark Webber. And can he
keep it on the road this time? He does, indeed, Michael Schumacher
that in fourth place. Jenson Button, in new fastest lap of the race.
Just outside the one-second gap that will give him the Wind
activation. Three minutes to go -- and one minute to go and three laps.
Michael Schumacher without the back wing again. He does not have to
yield anything on that, he lost a place anyway. Sebastian Vettel has
just done his fastest of the race. He has responded to the McLaren,
are a beautiful drive. Another incident that will be looked at
after the race. A lot of drivers will be outside the steward's
office. And this is Kamui Kobayashi. Have we seen that? So much going
are now. The leader is Sebastian Vettel. We cannot win this race?
They move into lap 69, and they will just complete the distance.
The rain three macro is very wide in the last chicane at -- Michael
Schumacher. Almost into the wall of champions. Not for the first time,
but he survived. They will complete this lap. We will see the full 70
laps of the Grand Prix. And Sebastian Vettel has responded.
Identically verge -- identical virtually in the first sector time.
He a yellow flag down at the entry to the third chicane, at the exit
of turn nine. Something has gone wrong on the way into eight.
Contact with someone else? We will find out later. Does not look like
Jenson Button is within the one- second activation.. His a wind does
Open, so he is within a second -- his wink. In it will be on the last
lap, and it needs to be very tidy. A yellow flag. Overtaking in that
corner. Sebastian Vettel leads by 0.9 seconds. Jenson Button driving
for his life and for the victory. Has Sebastian Vettel got what it
takes? They are coming up in a pack of five, at remember at Monaco?
Look out for them at the front. And he has gone wide! Jenson Button
leads the Grand Prix! Felipe Massa turned in. The final lap of the
Grand Prix and Jenson Button, after a terrible afternoon with so many
things going wrong, Leeds this amazing Canadian Grand Prix! He set
the fastest first sector of the Grand Prix while he was doing it.
We see Sebastian Vettel finally cracking, he has made a mistake. He
was still finished second and has never been outside the two -- the
top two this year, but he finally shows he is human because of the
pressure put on him by this man. All sorts going on in the final
chicane. Jenson Button into the pit straight. He wins a brilliant race,
a sensational drive! What a victory, and Sebastian Vettel in second
place. He will be angry, it is not like him. Mark Webber will be the
second Red Bull of the podium, just ahead of Michael Schumacher. He,
sadly, does not get on the podium. And Felipe Massa and Kamui
Kobayashi still fighting the sixth place and seventh place. Is he
going to do it? He does, indeed. He got just in front of Kamui
Kobayashi. Felipe Massa in sixth place. Button wins, look how close
this is. And that is BRS working for you, and the computer says yes!
So does the picture. Good job in the Toro Rosso. Indeed, Jessica,
indeed! Look at this! Brilliant, absolutely brilliant! We finished
where it mattered, fantastic! A well done! That was a hell of a
race! That was a race! Thank you so much! Thank you, guys, so much! A
absolutely brilliant, great effort and great effort and overtaking and
great speed, just brilliant. surely the greatest Formula One
victory of Jenson Button's career - - surely. We were concerned that
Sebastian Vettel had gone into deep. He has done a great job holding it.
But per relentless pressure from Jenson Button. -- but there was
relentless pressure. A happy McLaren crew. They are happy to see
them man win. Do you remember on the final sector, it was the Paul
Nuttall -- it was the penultimate, we said it was 21st for Jenson
Button and he would not catch the pack, but he has won the race!
was still about 10 car lengths behind there HRTs at the back.
Fantastic driving. We had to wait a long time, but I am glad everybody
stayed with us, is stunning Grand Prix finish. Button and beats
Sebastian Vettel, are Mark Webber joining them on the podium. Two
Toro Rossos in the top 10. 14th and 14th place is important for those
small teams. They get a better Championship position. Jarno Trulli
is 17th, will he still qualify as a finisher? What a race. That is
Jenson Button's 10th Grand Prix victory. And surely his greatest!
That was fantastic. A lot of emotion and energy went into that.
The contact with his team-mate early in the race, the penalty that
followed, the frustration in the cockpit, and the moment came. Those
were the condition is a couple of years ago, his first victory for
McLaren came in changeable conditions. And he has shown
himself to be the master a game of keeping it into that very tight
line, a very well deserved victory. We have been talking for four hours
and nine minutes so far, David, we have another 20 minutes. We have
another investigation going on for Timo Glock. But joined the queue,
it will be a long one at the headmaster's door! It disappointed
looking Sebastian Vettel, are understandably. -- a very
disappointed looking. And Mark Webber, you driver of the day?
cannot look beyond the winner. I thought we were going to say
Michael Schumacher for comeback of the century. But that is the winner
walking down and he gets it round of applause from everybody. What a
fantastic ride, it looked as though it was all lost and then he is well
aware he carried the winner of the Drivers' Championship now. Michael
race he has not one of this year. He has been so close, second in
both. He will be disappointed. final sector car did it for
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Sebastian Vettel, it closed the gap followed his son. And that is the
Minister of Transport, he hands And he is the Minister of Finance
and revenues. Sebastian Vettel, second place trophy, that is what
they look quite, is it?! - lookalike. That is the Mayor of
Montreal. A drive-through penalty has been given to Narain
Karthikeyan. And Mark Webber. And It is going to be a very, very
exciting evening for Jenson Button. He will celebrate, surely one of
the finest races of his life and the best Grand Prix of his
spectacular career. A well earned drink of the winner's champagne.
Sensational commitment and skill and precision and bravery
underbraking. Butter and beats the red ball-boys in the most
spectacular fashion -- Jenson Truly incredible. Talk about what
he races, the only thing that would be missing is the Penelope pit-stop
and Dick Dastardly. The greatest win of his career? Absolutely. You
could not script this. Truly amazing. In fact I was thinking,
and I really watching what I am watching? This is just the best
racing you can ever imagine. Now, I want to ask this man. Hounded this
is the about the investigation at this stage? First, congratulations.
At the moment we are celebrating a fantastic race, fantastic driving
by Jenson. What a race. Coming through is six times to come from
21st to win a race like that, incredible. He was driving so well
at the end. He deserved this win, everybody knows that and so does he.
Trust Eddie Jordan to try and burst the bubble already! Give us an idea
where that pace came from. He is a fantastic driver, the car was good
in those conditions. You've got to give it to Jenson. He went for it,
he attacked and attacked. What a fantastic drive and fantastic
result for him on the team. Fantastic day for us. We were
served up with a race from heaven. We thought, hang on, this raise
cannot possibly happen. And you go on and do what you did? I know, you
did quite a few things to contribute, but I think at the end
of the day, that was just fantastic. Very, very easy. We knew we had to
put pressure on Sebastian and he made a mistake. You can forgive him
for that. He's driven so well this year. But Jenson, I think, just
incredible. That's the stuff of champions, the stuff of dreams.
Fantastic. Let's have a look. Let slip with Jenson for the story of
slip with Jenson for the story of his Grand Prix. And what a Grand
Prix it was. How worried with you, early on, when these things were
going on? You don't want drive and drive it to be together? Tried and
driver is bad news. That's one of the lows. That was the low point of
the race. Fortunately, the two guys have spoken, they have plenty of
opportunity to talk to each other. Jenson didn't know that Lewis was
there. That's not created an issue between drivers. But you don't want
your drivers having a go at take going back to the start, you made
the point about the safety car. I used stilts sure -- are you still
sure about your answer? You thought it shouldn't have started with the
safety car? I thought not, I'm partisan, I wanted an exciting
start to the race and we could have done that without the safety car.
None the less, it was damn difficult for the drivers all
afternoon. When the safety car came in, we did get exciting racing.
This is the investigation, are you at all worried, having seen
replays? I think Jenson was on the inside. I think Alonso shut on him.
Again, I'm likely to be a little bit partisan. I think the stewards
will make their call. I hope and believe we will be OK. At this
point, when Jenson is coming up to third place, taking Mark Webber,
did you think, hang on, we could pick up a race win? He was so quick
in catching them that we thought he could win the race. We told him
that, but we never imagined he could push through like that. I
think it was clear that Sue De Bakker was struggling, for whatever
reason. They wear out-braking from 1 million miles back. Or you can do
is put massive pressure on and hope something comes off. This is
precisely the time when Jenson's Engineer tells him he can win this
race? Exactly. We were giving him the encouragement. We were saying,
loch, you are -- luck, your Tim seconds faster than Vettel. You've
got to give them information, but the driver has to do the job. He
really did the job. The last time we spoke to you after a win, it was
when Lewis won in China. You were shaking with excitement. How does
this compare? This is fantastic. I'm so pleased for Jenson. That was
a mighty drive. Sebastian has been driving so well, that he forced an
in Tonnerre. He knew he would have trouble. We were in the DRS own, we
caught him. You could see before that incident when you thought he
was on the ragged edge. I could see it, I'm sure Jenson could see it.
How nice to see their Rhys joining in with the celebrations,
considering the race that he had? He will be disappointed, but he
loves his team, he has a fantastic relationship with Jenson. He knows
that Jenson will enjoy this win, so will we. I'm sure there is a party
and you've got an invite. Congratulations, an epic race. The
crowd alongside has enjoyed that as well. Let's hear from the man of
the moment, the man who would won The top three winners. Jenson
Button, his 10th career victory. Second, Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull
Racing. Third, Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing. Amazing Grace, well
worth waiting for the finish. He went from last to first, you
collided with your team-mate, but what a race? I really don't know
what to say. A very emotional three hours, however long it has been
since the start. The incident was the one with Lewis, I couldn't see
anything in my mirrors. It's one of those things. I have apologised to
him. Then it was really a fight. Got to drive through, from speeding
behind the safety car. I had to fight my way through about three
times. Eventually, on the last lap, I was chasing down Sebastian. He
went a little bit wide onto the white part of the circuit. I was
able to take the opportunity. For me, yes, a fantastic race. Even if
I hadn't won, I think I would have enjoyed this race immensely.
Amazing win, possibly my best. Sebastian, another high pressure
finish. This time it didn't go your way. How disappointed are you
feeling? Of course, disappointed. I think it was a very difficult race
from start to finish. We led every single lap apart from part of the
last one. Yes, you know, I think I was probably too conservative when
I was in the lead after the last safety car. I didn't open the gap
enough. I was trying to hold the gap to the cars behind. I saw
Jenson coming through, I was pushing. I think it would have been
enough to the end. But obviously it was not because I did a mistake. It
is clearly down to me, I looked up the rear a little bit, you have to
open the car, going a bit straighter. When there is only one
line, I ended up in a wet. Then it was quite easy for him to pass. It
was a good day today, difficult race, easy to do mistakes. We'd
seen a lot of cars not finishing. Its good points. At the moment,
sure, if you've got it in your hands, then you give it away, it's
not the sweetest feeling. But, all in all, it was a good race for us.
Mark, you were the first to go on to the slick tyres. Unbelievable
battle at the end with Michael Schumacher and Jenson? Yes, it was
very hard to clear some of those guys in the try-line, when you're
trying to come through. There is such a narrow window to get on the
inside of people. Experienced guys like Michael, Heidfeld, those guys
know what they're doing. I rolled the dice, I was happy to see not
everybody taking the next lap after me, the two laps was enough to
bring it back into the game for the podium. It was a pretty good fight
with Michael. Again, it was difficult. We both wanted the same
bit of track, for the main point, breaking for the chicane. In the
end, we got there. When Jenson arrived, he was absolutely flying.
We were all trying to be as bare as we could. I passed Michael through
the chicane, I had to get position back. In the end, a great race,
Sebastien did a phenomenal job, it's easy to make a mistake in
these positions. Back in third is probably the best I could have got
today. Let's confirm the result of this
race. These are the top 10 finishers. Congratulations to
was going to get the first podium of his return. He finishes in
fourth place. Strong points for the likes of petrol and Massa.
Kobayashi was sitting second on the restart. They will all be pleased
to pick up some points. It doesn't change the man at the front, but
his nearest challenger is now Jenson Button. Lewis Hamilton was
the closest, he drops down to fourth. Another strong result for
Red Bull. They are 255 points, ahead of McLaren. David Coulthard
has joined us from the commentary box. He arrived and said, thank
goodness for a race like that after all of the waiting around. I did
the same applies to our loyal BBC viewers. It's almost 10:30pm. These
late night F1 Movie nights are good for them, I'm sure. Well done to
them for sticking with us. We were starting to despair, finding things
to talk about when the rain kept falling. What an incredible result.
I was imagining what it was like to be in the car, when you are having
to drive at those speeds with no room for error. If you run wide,
you go in the wet and it takes you wide. In the end, Sebastian Vettel
showed he was human, he succumbed to the pressure of Jenson Button.
No one would disagree that was a well deserved victory. Stand-out
moment, just Jenson's driving in those conditions? The pace of
Jenson. So much quicker than anyone else. Where did he find that from?
Where did he get the confidence to run that Wall of Death ride out to
the edge of the damp conditions? We saw it in Melbourne, that needs
full analysis that we don't have time to do today. We can hear from
Michael Schumacher after a strong result from him.
So close, you must have been able to smell the champagne towards the
end of the race. How are you feeling? Naturally, and not yet
sure whether I should be excited or be an happy. -- B unhappy. For the
team, a great result. It's the best result we have had this year.
really pleased for the three guys on the podium, but that would have
completed the fairy tale, if Michael Schumacher had prevailed
through the madness to pick up a podium? Absolutely. We sat through
that race and Michael Schumacher, I think most people found a little
bit of graciousness there, just to say, wouldn't it be nice to see him
on the podium? You can see the highlights on BBC Three later on
this evening. In many ways, you don't have to wait too long. 1.10
in the morning. I'm sure you can stick around and watch a little bit
more Formula One, who cares if you are a little bit late for work in
the morning? Equally bad weather in the United Kingdom, the final of
Queens will happen tomorrow, live at 2:30pm on BBC Two. But tickets
will be available on the gate, a cheap way to see some top tennis
after some top racing today. Our next race is in Valencia. There is
no Formula One Forum this week. But then again we have done the last 5
and a half hours on the television. Did a deal with the safety cars in
the right way? Well, a lot of cars are still on track. There is no
room for any error on the track. We are getting up close and personal.
I think it's better to make that decision ahead of an accident.
Altar had a day to forget? Red Bull had a good day at the office again.
If they are going to drop away from not winning a race with Vettel,
this is how to do it, finish in second place. The man is human. So
excited, a brilliant race. For me, Formula One was the winner today.
This was a remarkable race. We'll talk about it for some time. Sadly
we've got no more time to talk about it. David, congratulations to
you and Martin for getting through that epic. Thanks for being with us.
The person I feel most sorry for is the safety car driver. He led all
those laps and still didn't win the race. Mind you, after a performance
like that, who would begrudge Jenson Button picking up his first
win of 2011? What an evening, thanks for sticking with it. Webber
undrivable. It's a red flag situation. We are back in raising
Jake Humphrey presents live coverage of Formula 1's Canadian Grand Prix. Great Britain's Lewis Hamilton was the master of Montreal in last year's race, winning a thrilling race-long five-car battle. Hamilton took the chequered flag ahead of his McLaren team-mate Jenson Button, with Fernando Alonso not far behind in third.
The Red Bull pair of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were down in fourth and fifth, but this year Vettel has been the man to beat following his stunning start to the season. The current world champion, though, has yet to taste victory on a track where his German compatriot Michael Schumacher won a record seven times.