Formula One: Canadian Grand Prix, Vettel Cracks as Button Wins Wet, Wild Race.

Daniel ZylberkanCorrespondent IJune 12, 2011

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12:  Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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That's been the main talking point in Formula One so far this season. Sebastian Vettel has been utterly dominant so far this season, having qualified his Red Bull on pole position in five of the first six races and winning five of the six in the process.

Vettel has dominated so far this season, by starting from pole and being able to pull out huge gaps to the field in perfect weather conditions; there hadn't been a wet Formula One race in all of 2011. That all changed in Montreal. And Vettel's dominance seems to have been overrated.

I won't go to deeply into the details of today's race, because there's no reason for me to transcribe events that everyone saw live and in vivid color and sound on a page or on a computer screen. There are people much more skilled at that than me. What I want to highlight is why Jenson Button was able to finish first in a race that people had all but given away to Mr. Magic, Sebastian Vettel.

In short, I think that Sebastian Vettel is overrated.

In his short time in Formula One, he's had success, but he hasn't had to fight or earn that success. He's a talented driver who got put into a good situation. Namely, Vettel has had the privilege of driving three of Adrian Newey's better and more importantly reliable designs.

There is more to being a great Formula One driver than putting your car pole and then lapping the field; the good drivers, the ones we remember, have a quality that can transform any race into their favor. That quality is called racecraft, which is something that Sebastian Vettel is lacking. He is a racer, not a driver, much like Mike Tyson was a brawler and not a boxer.

That is the only crack in Vettel's facade: the lack of racing experience, the lack of grit and desire. Vettel reminds of me of Tom Cruise's character in the first half of Top Gun. He's Maverick; he's only out for himself and his team and to be fast, and if the wins come, he's more than happy. But he doesn't seem immensely concerned at how little he seems to be working in order to be achieving such amazing results. 

Vettel thinks that winning is amazing, but he has no idea how hard it really is.

Three times this year, Vettel's lead has been compromised, and twice a McLaren took the win away from him. While at Monaco, the Red Bull driver was saved by the bell, so to speak, because of the red flag and because overtaking is very difficult, if not impossible at Monaco. 

Otherwise, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button might have been able to get by him, and he would have possibly finished third.

Alonso, Button and Hamilton have that quality to try and win no matter what happens to them in the course of the race. Alonso has proven this by making a relatively lackluster Ferrari 150 chassis into a contending car. Moreover, Button and Hamilton have been the only other two drivers to win a race this year, and finishing very close to Vettel's Red Bull on more than one occasion.

Vettel's dominance of Formula One isn't good for the sport, just like Michael Schumacher's dominance also hurt Formula One in the first half of the 2000s. McLaren, Hamilton and Button, the ultimate underdog, need some luck and a lot of perseverance.

As recent events have proved, Vettel's dominance can be easily broken by applying pressure to wunderkind, and he has shown he isn't invincible and that he will crack under pressure.