According to the statistics, Jenson Button recorded the second greatest comeback win through the field in the entire history of the Formula 1 World Championship.
Jenson fell to 21st on the 37th lap of the race and eventually won, thus recovering 20 places. The only driver to have recovered more positions was another McLaren driver John Watson in the 1983 USA West Grand Prix. He won from 22nd on the grid.
Other drivers have reached lower steps of the podium from very low in-race positions, but no one else was able to win the race from there.
Here is a list of the greatest comebacks:
|THE GREATEST COMEBACKS|
|Driver||Race||Lowest Position (*)||Finish||Positions Gained|
|Damon Hill||Portugal 1993||26||3||23|
|Nelson Piquet||Mexico 1987||25||2||23|
|Nigel Mansell||France 1989||24||2||22|
|Michael Schumacher||Italy 1992||25||3||22|
|Carlos Reutemann||Italy 1980||24||3||21|
|John Watson||USA West 1983||22||1||21|
|Niki Lauda||USA West 1983||23||2||21|
|Jenson Button||Canada 2011||21||1||20|
(*) at any time during the race, derived from the lap chart
It's the twelfth time in history that the winner has taken the lead on the last lap:
|TAKING THE LEAD ON THE LAST LAP|
|Jochen Rindt||1970||Monte Carlo|
|Mika Häkkinen||1997||Jerez de la Frontera|
• Sebastian Vettel secured the 100th pole position by a German driver. It was also the eighth straight for Red Bull which set a new team's best.
• Fernando Alonso from the front of the grid for the first time this year - and his first since Singapore last season.
• Felipe Massa recorded his best result of the season - and since the Italian Grand Prix - in third.
• Jenson Button recorded his worst quaification of the season in seventh;
• Jaime Alguersuari was knocked out of Q1 in back-to-back races for the first time since his F1 debut, back in 2009. Back then he needed five grands prix before being able to access Q2.
• Jarno Trulli was able to outqualify Heikki Kovalainen for the first time this season. This has been the second-worst streak of his career. The longest one amounting to eight straight races from the 1999 Italian Grand Prix to the 2000 British Grand Prix.
• Losing out to Jarno Trulli, Heikki Kovalainen spoiled his immaculate record. Now the only driver who has always beaten his team-mate every time this year is Fernando Alonso.
• After a wait of 21 races, Jenson Button was back on the top spot of the podium and, like in China and Australia last year, he scored the win in mixed weather conditions. He is now the 32nd driver in history to reach the ten-wins mark and with his 35th podium matched Juan Manuel Fangio and Emerson Fittipaldi at the nineteenth all-time spot.
• Sebastian Vettel may have failed to post his sixth win in seven races, but nevertheless scored his ninth straight podium, entering the top-3 sequences of all time. The absolute record belongs to Michael Schumacher with 19 consective podiums (USA 2001 - Japan 2002), followed by Fernando Alonso with 15 (Turkey 2005-Canada 2006), then there are seven sequences of nine recorded by different drivers, one of which is Sebastian's current one.
• Michael Schumacher finished in fourth place for the fourth time since his return to racing. He hasn't finished on the podium since his win in the 2006 Chinese Grand Prix.
• Jaime Alguersuari recorded a career-best finish with eighth place.
• It's only the seventh race of the season and Sebastien Buemi has already equalled his 2010 points tally of eight. For the first time since the 2009 Australian Grand Prix, both Toro Rossos scored points.
• The Canadian Grand Prix marked the best race result for an HRT, with a thirteenth by Vitantonio Liuzzi.
• Although it's a figure with little significance since for a couple of hours the cars remained parked on the starting grid with the race time running, this could be considered the slowest F1 race of all-time. The winner averaged just 74.864 k/mh, slower than the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix, run at 98.700 k/mh. At over four hours it would be also the longest race.
• Forty-six percent of the race distance (32 laps out of 70) was run behind the Safety car, last year in Korea that value was 44% (24 out of 55).
• For the first time in history there were five safety car deployments. The previous record was four, recorded four times.
• This was the first race since the 1980 Italian Grand Prix featuring two drivers over forty years old - Schumacher and Pedro de la Rosa. In that race at Imola, the drivers were Mario Andretti and Vittorio Brambilla.