Lewis Hamilton Fails, Jenson Button Snatches Victory from Vettel in Canadian GP

Barry RosenbergContributor IIJune 13, 2011

Sebastian Vettel, Paddy Lowe, Jenson Button, Mark Webber
Sebastian Vettel, Paddy Lowe, Jenson Button, Mark WebberMark Thompson/Getty Images

I was more or less attacked by readers who resented my mention a while ago of Ayrton Senna's failings as a person along with Lewis Hamilton's failings as a person.

Well, I feel vindicated by recent comments from experts, among them Rubens Barrichello who had this to say last week:

"In the past, Ayrton was criticised for having been very dangerous on the track and you could see he calmed down as the years progressed and the same thing will happen to Lewis."

This observer hopes that Lewis Hamilton “calms down” before he ends the same way Ayrton Senna ended. And I hope if he continues to drive in the manner that he claims is his right, I hope he doesn't take any good people out with him.

For his part, Hamilton speaking of his mishap with McLaren teammate Button said, “I don't know if he could see me or not, but he just kept coming over and over.”

Guess what, Hammy...he was doing what you were doing...trying to win the race. And because he went at it like a mensch, Button did, in fact, win the race, without doing anything ungentlemanly.

Take the hint, Hamilton. Button's your teammate, and you'd do well to take some lessons from him.

Jenson Button, for his part, had this to say on his radio to their Mclaren pit during the...uh... mishap, “What's he doing?”

By the way, for those of you who a couple of years ago criticized Kimi Raikkonen for enjoying a Creamcicle after falling out of a race, how do you feel about Lewis Hamilton enjoying a hug with singer Rihanna after flinging himself out of the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix?

In the wake of the deluge that was the race in Montreal, Red Bull boss Christian Horner spoke about losing the race just a few seconds from the end:

“At the end of the race, Jenson was very, very quick, and Seb knew, because we could see how powerful the DRS was in that zone, that he had to keep him out of the magic one second zone when they crossed that line for the last time.

“When you have led pretty much the entire grand prix, to lose it probably within two kilometres of the finish is frustrating on one hand, but on a day when neither Lewis (Hamilton) nor Fernando (Alonso) scored, and on a day when so many incidents were there, at a track where we are not really supposed to be competitive at, to have come away with a P2 and a P3, in the cold light of day, is actually a pretty good team result.”

Christian Horner was seen to chat with Lewis Hamilton in Canada. It was just last April when Lewis declared:

“There is no question of my loyalty for my team. It's been my team since I was six years old.

“I'm here, I'm committed to them. I want to try and help them as well as becoming one of the most successful drivers myself. I want them to be out there to do that for me.

However, according to a report in Autosport, ”Hamilton met for private talks with Red Bull Racing chief Christian Horner at the team's office buildings on Saturday evening—where the two spent at least 15 minutes together chatting in private.”

I return to my ongoing criticism of Lewis Hamilton as a person. I take an amateur analytical look at Hamilton's statement:

I'm committed to them (as opposed to “our team). I want to try and help them as well as becoming one of the most successful drivers myself (He seems to think it's inevitable). I want them to be out there to do that for me (Why not he do it for them?  Why not we do it for us?).

I'm glad for Button, Webber and Vettel. The reigning champ increased his long lead in the championship in spite of losing the Canadian Grand Prix by a hair.

I'm sorry for Alonso, Massa, and Ferrari. The great Scuderia will not rise to their rightful place in the order of things until they replace Stefano Domenicali.

All of Ferrari's flaws stem from the team boss. Imagine, both Alonso and Massa arrive at the pit box at almost the same time. Who's managing that team?

The way it's functioning under Domenicali, a chimpanzee could do as well.