If you like epic drama in racing, you would have loved Sunday’s Formula One Grand Prix of Canada. It had every possible weather condition except snow, it had crashes aplenty and more intra-squad rivalry than an NBA team. If you DVR’d the race like I did, you only caught the first half, since torrential rain red-flagged the race just before the halfway point. That’s not to say the opening session was without drama: on lap one, an overly aggressive Lewis Hamilton spun Red Bull Renault driver Mark Webber in turn one. Webber lost a few positions, but was able to resume racing with no serious damage to his car. A few laps later, heading into turn one, Hamilton attempted an ill-timed pass on teammate Jenson Button. Button never saw Hamilton alongside, and went wide setting up for the turn. That was enough to send Hamilton into the barrier, shattering his left rear suspension and retiring the McLaren Mercedes driver for the day.
By the time the race was red-flagged, it looked like it would be another pole-to-checkered flag win for Sebastian Vettel. After a two hour rain delay, the race was restarted and track conditions changed by the minute. Drivers on full wet tires soon gambled on intermediates and then slicks. Jenson Button managed to collect Fernando Alonso, putting the Ferrari driver out of the race and dropping him further in the point standings. As the track dried, Button’s car only got faster, and the McLaren Mercedes driver was able to reign in the Red Bull Renault of Sebastian Vettel in the closing laps. Under pressure, Vettel made an uncharacteristic mistake when he got loose in a corner; that was enough for Button to take the lead on the final lap and rack up the win. Vettel finished in second position, while Red Bull Renault’s Mark Webber took the final podium spot.