Late surge gives Button Canadian triumph

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Jenson Button secured arguably the greatest win of his Formula One career at the end of an epic Canadian Grand Prix.

Jenson Button secured arguably the greatest win of his Formula One career at the end of an epic Canadian Grand Prix.

It was a rain-hit race that had everything, but it boiled down to the last lap just as the clock had also hit the two-hour limit.

Reigning champion Sebastian Vettel was hounded into making an error by Button, sliding wide at one stage to open the door, with the 31-year-old needing no second invitation.

Button, who had been fourth with three laps to go, then made it to the line for a sensational victory, the 10th of his career, and first since last year’s Chinese Grand Prix now 14 months ago.

There could yet be a sting in the tail, however, as Button is under investigation by the stewards for a collision with Fernando Alonso in his Ferrari that resulted in the double world champion retiring.

Three-times world champion Niki Lauda believes Lewis Hamilton will end up killing someone on a race track if he does not calm down.

As in the Monaco Grand Prix a fortnight ago, Hamilton was involved in two accidents in yesterday’s race.

After running into Mark Webber and sending the Australian spinning, Hamilton then collided with McLaren team-mate Jenson Button.

It was the first serious incident between the duo, with Hamilton attempting to overtake Button around the outside along the start-finish straight heading into lap eight.

Button, however, took the racing line and squeezed Hamilton against the pit wall, resulting in a puncture to the left-rear tyre and eventual retirement.

For the safety of other drivers, Lauda believes the FIA have to punish Hamilton to teach him a lesson.

Speaking on German television Lauda said: “What Hamilton did there goes beyond all boundaries. If the FIA does not punish him, I do not understand the world any more.

“You cannot drive like this as it will result in someone getting killed.”

Marussia Virgin team reaction in The Star tomorrow.