• Canadian Grand Prix

Button hails 'amazing' win

ESPNF1 Staff
June 12, 2011 « Hamilton rues early retirement | »
Jenson Button climbed through the field to take victory, having been 21st at one point © Sutton Images

Jenson Button said his victory in the Canadian Grand Prix was "amazing" and "probably my best."

Button made six pit stops in total after contact with Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, along with a drive through penalty, before reeling in Sebastian Vettel and forcing him in to an error on the final lap to snatch victory. Button said that the race had been a battle after the early contact, and apologised to his team-mate for the incident that put him out of the grand prix.

"I really don't know what to say," Button said. "It's been a very emotional three hours or however long it's been since the start. Obviously the incident with Lewis: I couldn't see anything when he was alongside me. I couldn't see anything in my mirrors, it was one of those things and I've apologised to him.

"And then on it was really a fight, I got a drive through for speeding behind the safety car and then I had to fight my way through about three times. Eventually on the last lap I was chasing down Seb, he ran a little bit wide on to the wet part of the circuit and I was able to take the opportunity and take the win. But for me a fantastic race. I think even if I hadn't won today I would have enjoyed this race immensely, and yeah, amazing win and possibly my best."

Button said it was the manner of his victory that made it so special, having to climb his way back up from 21st place on lap 40.

"That was the best victory of my career, and today is therefore a very special day for me. I fought my way from last to first to win the race, and I overtook the cars in front of me on the track. To win a grand prix by getting one over on your rivals with a series of strong overtaking moves makes it even better."

Button also admitted that Vettel's error handed him victory, but said it was a bit of deserved fortune having had his charge in Monaco two weeks ago halted by a red flag.

"Races in changing conditions are always very tricky - but I love it when you've got to search for grip on the track rather than knowing in advance where it is. It was an amazing victory - I don't think it could have been any better, especially after Monte-Carlo where we thought we had a win in the bag but were then disappointed at the very end. I was a little bit fortunate today when Sebastian [Vettel] made a mistake on the last lap, but I think we deserved that bit of luck!"