Jenson Button Wins At His 200th Grand Prix Start
Sunday, 31 July 2011
On the heals of his team mate, Hamilton's win last week, Jenson Button puts another one in the back of the net. McLaren are showing resurgent form and could yet give Red Bull a race in the championship.
The race started off wet, but soon dried out.
Vettel retained the lead at the start but went wide under pressure from Hamilton.
Hamilton held the lead until he was wrong footed by a brief bout of rain which sent him off the track giving the lead to Button. Button and Hamilton swapped the lead a number of times before Hamilton changed to Intermediate tyres, just before the rain stopped. His earlier off was compounded by forcing Di Resta of the track as he spun his car back to face forward, resulting in a drive through penalty. After changing his tyres back to slicks, and then serving his drive through, Hamilton lost over 30 seconds on the track, and had to work hard to overtake Alonso, who finished fifth, and secure forth. Even before the rain, it seemed likely that Hamilton would have to do an extra pit stop, given that he had to do 30 laps on a set of softs to avoid stopping again.
Vettel also benefited from Hamilton's off, and achieved second, which keeps his championship lead almost unchanged.
Di Resta, the final brit, finished an impressive 7th.
There was a moment of excitement when Heidfeld's Renault's blew up at the end of the pit lane, but although Heidfeld got to hot for his comfort, and a marshal's leg was caught in the blast of the explosion, no-one was hurt.
It's good to see McLaren on good form, and Hamilton and Jenson were nip and tuck during the shower half way through the race, with good hard clean racing. It'll be amazing if McLaren can reel Vettel in before the end of the year, but it'll be great watching them try.