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Canadian Grand Prix as it happened

By Oliver Brett


2230: UK viewers can re-live the moment when Jenson Button overtook Sebastian Vettel on the final lap. And as BBC TV coverage comes to an end, may I also direct you to Andrew Benson's report.

Further reaction from McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh: What a race. Coming through six times from 21st is incredible. He is driving fantastically and we know he deserves it and hope everyone else does too. He just attacked and attacked and delivered a fantastic race." On the Button v Alonso incident: "I think Jenson was on the inside there and Fernando shut on him. I may be a bit partisan on that but I hope and believe that the stewards will make the same opinion. We'll wait and see."

Jenson Button, winner (McLaren): "I really don't know what to say, it's been a very emotional three hours or whatever it's been since the start. The incident with Lewis - I couldn't see anything and I've apologised to him. It was really a fight from then on, but I kept on pushing and I managed to get past Seb at the end. Another great win for me and possibly my best.

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh: "We knew he had to put pressure on Sebastian, and Sebastian made a mistake. From Jenson, that's the stuff of champions, that's the stuff of dreams."

BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle: "One of the finest races of his life and the best grand prix of his spectacular career. Sensational commitment and skill and precision. Button beats the Red Bull boys."

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Claire, Liverpool: "Wow! This is the first grand prix that I've watched and I love it! Been told not to expect excitement like this at other races though.

Lotus reserve driver and BBC 5 live analyst Karun Chandhok: "It has just been a fantastic drive, it wasn't car advantage, it wasn't a tyre advantage, it was just a fantastic drive. Ten out of ten."

2210: Webber joins the top two on the podium, with Michael Schumacher having to settle for fourth in his Mercedes, with Vitaly Petrov fifth in the Renault. Felipe Massa took Kamui Kobayashi on the line to steal sixth place off the Japanese Sauber driver. Both Toro Rossos scored points, separated by Rubens Barrichello's Williams (ninth).

2206: Jessica Michibata, Jenson Button's girlfriend, waves her index finger in the way we are so used to Vettel doing this season. "Thank you so much, fantastic win, thank you guys so much," says Button on the radio.

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RACE FINISHES: Jenson Button wins the Canadian Grand Prix!

Lap 70: Vettel makes a mistake, and Button passes him to lead!

Lap 69: They will complete the race, there is just enough time. Now Vettel has to defend, and he's not letting Button get too close to him. Paul di Resta has crashed. And Button is within one second of Vettel starting the final lap.

Lap 68: Webber finally gets past Schumacher, so the veteran ex-champ may not get on the podium after all. Three minutes to go so we may not have time for the final 70th lap.

Lap 67: Button is barely one and a half seconds behind Vettel, but has the Red Bull man got something left in the tank?

Lap 66: Button is flying now, he's going much faster than Vettel, but is there times left for him to challenge the leader?

Lap 65: Button gets past Webber now as the Australian again misjudges a turn and runs off the track. The McLaren man makes use of double DRS, and that means he cruises past Schumacher too. Button is second!

Lap 64: Exciting. Webber cruises past Schumacher but then runs wide on a turn so correctly gives him the place back. Button retains a watching brief behind them.

Lap 63: Button is coming close to the back of Webber, that means three drivers are very close to each other in the battle for second place.

Lap 62: Schumacher has his hands full of Webber behind him, so that means Vettel can cruise on in the lead serenely.

Fernando Alonso: "We have been very lucky all the way through. When we switch to intermediates it started to rain and then there was a red flag in front of us and everyone else got to change, and so it goes on. Was the crash with Jenson my fault? I don't think so."

Lap 61: Safety car is coming in, green flags and away they go. Vettel is already pulling away and Petrov's got past Kobayashi.

Lap 60: The track has dried out hugely, so it could be very exciting for the last half dozen laps or so. Lots of debris still to clear up so we've still got a safety car in force. There will be no F1 "forum" after this race as we have over-run hugely.

Lap 59: ...at the front it's Vettel from Schumacher, with Webber third and Button fourth. Kobayashi is fifth, with Petrov sixth.

Lap 58: So who's where? Hamilton, Kovalainen, Alonso and Sutil are out, and so too Heidfeld...

BBC 5 live commentator David Croft: "You can take away the fitness and you take away the reactions, but Michael Schumacher still recognises the perfect chance to overtake."

Lap 57: Safety car comes out. I could see that coming.

Lap 56: Button is going very quickly. He's running fifth despite having made SIX pit-stops. Renault's Nick Heidfeld runs into the back of Kamui Kobayashi, and that's a retirement for him on turn two.

Lap 55: In an exciting battle for second place, Webber tries to squeeze past Schumacher, but he can't quite do it.

Lap 54: Massa ends up with a damaged front wing as he attempts to overtake a back-marker. Off to the pits for the Brazilian.

Lap 53: Schumacher has pitted to switch to slicks, so he will be no danger to Vettel for the time being. Webber has gone very fast on slicks. And Vettel comes into the pits now.

Lap 52: Actually, Kobayashi was fending off Massa like crazy. Both went wide of the racing line, opening the door for Schumacher to steal up the inside. Cheeky, but clean.

Lap 51: Paul di Resta is handed a drive-through penalty for his collision with Nick Heidfeld. And we've got one or two drivers trying slick tyres for the first time. Schumacher has overtaken Massa and Kobayashi to take second place! Who said he was past it?

Lap 50: Button overtakes Maldonado for 11th, and then also gets past Alguersuari.

Lap 49: Schumacher lays down a new fastest lap of anyone, but is still a second or two behind Massa.

Lap 48: Kobayashi remains one second clear of Massa, with Schumacher behind those two and Nick Heidfeld fifth.

BBC 5 live commentator David Croft: "The way he is driving this could be Michael Schumacher's first podium since the Chinese Grand Prix in 2006."

BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard on Button v Alonso: "Jenson was fairly on the inside, but it was always going to be a bit of a closing gap - we're going to have to call that a racing incident."

Lap 47: Ferrari have told Massa, with a flicker of impatience, to try to get pass Kobayashi. But the Sauber drive is holding his own.

Lap 46: Michael Schumacher is doing very well. He's always outperformed people in the wet, and he's got to fourth position in his Mercedes. DRS is available.

Lap 45: Vettel stretches his lead over Kobayashi to more than four seconds.

Lap 44: There's a drive-through penalty for Sutil for making contact with Rosberg under the safety car.

Lap 43: The incident between Button and Alonso is to be investigated after the race, we hear. Kobayashi is holding off Massa very well indeed, but in front of them Vettel continues to make serene progress.

Lap 42: Michael Schumacher takes sixth place off Mark Webber after a slight error from the Australian, while just in front of them Di Resta slides into Nick Heidfeld and damages his front wing.

Lap 41: Another perfect re-start from Vettel as the safety car disappears out of the way. Di Resta has Webber behind him and will surely have his work cut out. Kobayashi, Massa and Heidfeld are the drivers bridging race leader Vettel and the Scot Di Resta.

Lap 40: One driver to have quietly crept into the picture is the ever-impressive Paul di Resta. His Force India is running fifth. Safety car in at the end of this lap.

Lap 39: Confirmation that Button was trying to overtake Alonso when the two drivers came together, forcing Button to make his fifth pit-stop of the race.

Lap 38: Button has a problem, possibly a puncture, having been part of the incident that ended Alonso's race.

Lap 37: Ferrari did the best they could but Alonso lost plenty of places there. And now Alonso's race is over at the chicane on turns three and four. Must have made an error. It's another safety car situation - and another free pit-stop for Vettel.

Lap 36: Jerome d'Ambrosio has a drive-through penalty for having "incorrect tyres". He changed to intermediates too early. More cars in the pits, including both Ferraris.

Lap 35: As Vettel streaks clear in front, Kobayashi defends his second position vigorously with Massa desperately trying to get past him. Nico Rosberg has lost a place or two. Jenson Button is in the pits for intermediates.

Lap 34: According to my Twitter feed, the sense of frustration has spead to Carol Vorderman, but I have good news - the safety car is in at the end of this lap! Jerome d'Ambrosio is switching to intermediates. That tells you all about the cautious approach of the race officials today.

Lap 33: Jenson Button tells his team radio: "I think it's about there." He's keen to get going.

Lap 32: Well I don't know, you wait two hours for a race to resume and then you watch a queue of cars weaving gently round a track for 15 minutes, and goodness knows how much longer.

Lap 31: My colleague Richard Rae has informed me that the chap sitting next to the safety car driver is the doctor. Thanks, Richard. Talking of which, that safety car is STILL out there.

Lap 30: A maximum of one hour and five minutes, or 40 laps remain. Heikki Kovalainen of Lotus needs to get back into the pits to have a clutch problem addressed.

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David in Woking: "If the best way of clearing water off the track is by having F1 cars go round why don't they drive the spare cars around with the test drivers on board before they start the race again?"

Lap 29: I wonder why the safety car driver requires a co-driver? Anyone know?

Lap 28: Martin Brundle reckons the track is "ready to race". But we've still got the safety car out.

Lap 27: The yellow flags continue to be waved... No DRS will be available until Charlie Whiting says so. Coverage transfers to BBC Two at 2100.

Lap 26: Speculation from the BBC One team that the safety car only needs to be out for a lap or two, just to ensure the cars are warm enough before they can start racing properly. A bit of spray, but nothing dreadful.


2050: Finally, more than two hours after the race was suspended, we are under way once again. Lap 26 of 70 has started.

2049: Plenty of empty seats in some of the best viewing areas, I'm afraid. Can't blame people for losing patience, I suppose, but what did they pay for those tickets?

2047: It's just stared raining again, but it's not heavy and we will definitely stick to the 2050 resumption.

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Text message from Alex: "Would love England to be playing in Colombia but given it's a Uefa competition, they're in Denmark this evening. Losing 1-0 at half-time."
Thanks for the correction and apologies!

Mark Webber on his collision with Lewis Hamilton: "I gave Lewis the line, he still made contact, I was surprised he hit me - it's just so far to go in the Grand Prix, that's what surprised me. A podium is still my minimum aim. Seb has had a phenomenal run, but you make your own luck."

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner: "Of course we want a re-start, we're racers. It's not just about winning championships, it's how you win them."

2036: Breaking news - the race will resume at 2050 BST, under the safety car.

2030: I gather from sources high up in the food-chain here that BBC One will remain showing F1 "until at least 2100".

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh on the Hamilton-Button crash: "Jenson didn't know he was there and Lewis was trying to make good progress. There's no issue - they both see it the same way. People may criticise, but this is the way we run our race team. Lewis is an extraordinary driver - he's got to go out there and drive as he drives best, he's always going to be a passionate race driver, he's always going to go for it, and it would be wrong of us to try to defuse that passion."

2027: One more shower maybe, then the feeling is that the race can finally re-start.

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From BBC News sports presenter Amanda Davies: "My hair goes frizzy in the rain, but Rihanna's had a shocker."

2023: I gather that Brazilian TV has given up on F1 and is showing football, quite possibly the under-21 tournament in Colombia, where England are playing Spain.

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From Force India: "The rain has finally stopped, but a look at the radar suggests more could be on the way!"

2019: McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh tells the BBC's Eddie Jordan: "I think you should be on the Antiques Roadshow." It seems we're staying with the F1 rather than gazing at Chesterfields and cigarette-cards.

2015: OK, some movement now. The odd engine is being gunned, some umbrellas are coming down, and some more urgent track-drying is being carried out. There are hours of daylight left in this part of Canada so if you're patient you should still get a bit of racing later on. It might still be raining a tiny bit, but the general feeling is that the track will start to become slightly more driveable in a bit.

2013: Did you know? "Racecar" is a palindrome (reads the same forwards as backwards). But it's a bit rubbish compared to one in the Finnish language which is 25 letters long. Saippuakuppinippukauppias means "soap cup dealer".

2008: Breaking news - it has stopped raining, reports BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz.

2007: Actually, Top Gear isn't on BBC Two at the moment. It's sometimes on one of those channels that appear at the back end of the Freeview menu.

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Anon, via text: "BBC Two is showing Top Gear about Reliant three-wheelers, they are currently faster than F1 and much more fun."

Lotus's Heikki Kovalainen: "It doesn't look very good now but, like in Korea last year, it can change. It's just the straight lines that are a real problem, the corners you can just about manage but if someone loses it on the straight with other cars coming it would be too dangerous."

2002: Strange moment in the McLaren garage as the singer Rihanna indulges in a stilted conversation with Lewis Hamilton. "Have you seen one of these before?" asks Hamilton, before Rihanna hands an aide her glass of wine and gets a brief guided tour of Hamilton's car.

1959: Meanwhile, UK users can relive Lewis Hamilton's collision with team-mate Jenson Button and then catch up with his subsequent reaction.

1954: So... we could be here for a while. Fiona Bruce and the Antiques Roadshow team are due on BBC One at 2015. I'll let you know what happens with the schedule if I get any information.

Red Bull driver Mark Webber: "It's a very 'marbly' sort of finish here, the water doesn't have options to go places, it stays on the track. But we've nothing to lose by waiting a few hours, why not?"

1946: Someone on the Hispania team radio reckons we're looking at another half hour minimum without any action. This is starting to get a little trying.

Eddie Jordan, speaking on 5 live about Lewis Hamilton's coming together with team-mate Jenson Button: "We can clearly see Jenson made a mistake coming out of the pit straight. But neither Jenson or Lewis are dirty drivers and I don't think one would cause an incident on purpose."

Lotus reserve driver and BBC 5 live analyst Karun Chandhok: "Everyone wants to race but in the current conditions I wouldn't want to drive. It's dangerous and still chucking it down. They can send as many men with brooms out as they want but they aren't as effective as F1 cars going round. However it's too dangerous to send the cars out so it's a Catch-22 situation."

Williams technical director Sam Michael: "You aren't allowed to change any parts of the car that aren't the same specification. You can change the tyres and repair parts. We know that because we were going to change a part and [FIA race director] Charlie [Whiting] said we couldn't!"

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From England cricketer Graeme Swann: "Was Lewis Hamilton auditioning for the stock car racing at Brafield next week? He'd be awesome in touring cars too #nocontactisforwimps."

1936: It's interminably heavy this rain. But some people in the stands are having a whale of a time, including a group with a Brazilian flag, and a batch of Ferrari fans. Others look more appropriately miserable. It gets dark pretty late in Montreal in mid-summer so I don't think anyone's giving up on us having some kind of resumption at some point - it just won't be any time soon.

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From David Potter: "Maybe they could restart the race with a sweeper in front of each car, sort of like #F1curling."

1928: No real improvement in the weather expected - and it's still raining very heavily at present - the safety car is plying its way around the circuit along with another car. Between them they're trying to push the water off the cambered verges - looks like a slow battle that one.

1924: There was an entertaining piece of BBC One footage involving a David Coulthard and Michael Schumacher circuit guide in which they bumped into Sebastian Vettel. See it again, assuming you're in the UK.

1919: We think, that to get full points, the drivers will need to complete 54 of the 70 laps. Remember, so far they have done only 25.

Lotus reserve driver and BBC 5 live analyst Karun Chandhok: "I reckon around half of the drivers will need to go to the toilet in this break. They spend all the build-up to the race drinking the electrolyte drinks and if you are racing that is fine... you can sweat it out. But when you are sat on the grid in the rain and the cold… It is a bit of a random problem."

Force India's Paul di Resta, running sixth: "The conditions were extremely difficult - I thought they'd red flag it a lot sooner. Even before the race started the conditions were bad. I think it will be a long time before the race starts again."

1914: Clarification that although there is normally a two-hour window for the race to be completed, the suspension does not count towards those two hours. In theory, we could get plenty more racing, though if we do not get any further racing today the drivers will only get half points.

Lotus reserve driver and BBC 5 live analyst Karun Chandhok on Lewis Hamilton: "I'm sure for the racer inside him, it is eating him alive that he has come away without any points. This is his circuit and the sort of conditions that he thrives in."

BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard: "It's the nature of Lewis's attacking style. It's easy to knock someone when they're involved in a series of incidents, but it's why Lewis has so many fans around the world. This is just a phase he's going through. He believes he's the best driver in the world, right now McLaren are not able to give him a winning car, and he's getting frustrated. He wants to win, and that passion, that drive, is what's causing him to get up close and personal with other cars."

1907: While we wait for the rain to stop, I'll attempt to re-cap Hamilton's three "incidents" in the opening exchanges of the race. First, he had a close tussle with Mark Webber moments after the safety car was released. Undaunted, he got involved in another battle with Michael Schumacher. Having failed to successfully execute either manoeuvre cleanly, his final attempted overtake saw him steaming up the inside of team-mate Jenson Button. Jenson didn't appear to see him, and Hamilton was forced to retire after being squeezed into the wall.

BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle: "We're seeing footage of safety car driver Bernd Maylander. I think he led the sixth most laps out of anyone last season."

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From Team Lotus: "Reckon you could kayak down the pit lane right now."

Lewis Hamilton: "Jenson made a mistake into the corner and I got the run on him, I felt I was halfway up the outside, but he kept moving across - whether or not he saw me I don't know, but then I was in the wall."

BBC F1 chief analyst Eddie Jordan: "Red flagging the race in these conditions is absolutely the right decision. My issue is I do not accept the race should have started under a safety car."

1856: A reminder that this race is scheduled to be a 70-lap affair. But whenever the resumption does take place, there will be a 10-minute warning and definitely under yet another safety car. We may not get our full 70 laps in.

It's raining
1854: It is the very definition of torrential out there. And here's BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard: "People will be thinking these are the best drivers in the world, but none of them are potential America's Cup captains."

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Anon, via text: "Lewis was far too aggressive, far too early and, as a result, will drop far too many points in the race to catch Vettel."

Lotus reserve driver and BBC 5 live analyst Karun Chandhok: "I feel sorry for the fans who are sitting in the grandstand, getting soaked and not seeing much action but it is a dangerous sport and you can't be running around in cars that are aquaplaning."

1846: That means the race is effectively suspended - a "rain stops play" situation if you like. Back to the pavilion... actually they line up on the starting grid, but not in their original positions, they line up in the places where they were when the red flag came down.

Lap 25: Very heavy rain. It's not beyond the realms of possibility that this race could be red-flagged... and it is!

Lap 24: Sutil is still on intermediates. He's 13th at the moment, and could be the only driver out there not on the full wet tyre. Around 20 more minutes of this particular intensity of rain still to go, apparently.

BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle: "By not reacting too quickly it's worked out beautifully for Vettel - but why have we got a safety car?"

Lap 23: Turns nine to 13 are "undriveable", according to Vettel. He could be saying that because he'd be very happy to have another 47 laps of safety car action, thus ensuring he wins the race! Great race for Kamui Kobayashi, whose Sauber is running in second place.

Lap 22: Buemi, d'Ambrosio, Sutil and Schumacher are the only drivers persisting with intermediates for the time being. We're still racing under the safety car.

Lap 21: Vettel is coming in for what is essentially a free pit-stop, changing to a fresh set of full wets. The safety car hadn't picked him up so he remains in the lead.

Lap 20: It's very wet suddenly, and the guys who didn't change to intermediates are looking very handy now. Button is among those going back to wets. For some reason, we have a safety car deployed.

Lap 19: Schumacher is going for intermediates too, the two Red Bulls are staying on full wets. It's raining heavily now.

Lap 18: Button overtakes Paul di Resta, while Kamui Kobayashi is right up to fourth place as a number of drivers including Alonso and Rosberg come in for intermediates.

Lap 17: Jenson Button is up to 11th and is going a lot faster than anyone else.

Lap 16: Vettel, meanwhile, has a nice four-second gap over Alonso. He won't come in and change his tyres yet, that's for sure. He can play a waiting game.

Lap 15: So much for the intermediates being the wrong choice. Button is overtaking tonnes of drivers, and with this rain so light and the track drying up fast surely plenty of people will switch to inters.

Lap 14: Button comes in to serve his penalty and comes back out in 16th position and quickly overtakes two cars. The top six remains as it was. Webber is ninth, by the way.

Lap 13: The safety car has disappeared again and we're back with proper racing going on. It's confirmed that Button faces a drive-through penalty.

Lap 12: Button, who is under investigation for a speed-limit breach under the safety car, has been fitted with intermediates and is running in 12th. With the rain falling, it appears McLaren have made a tactical error there!

Lotus reserve driver and BBC 5 live analyst Karun Chandhok: "Jenson was definitely moving over to the left to the racing line and I guess he just doesn't see Hamilton as he pulls out late. It is a hard one to call. "

Lap 11: When the safety car comes in, we will resume with this order: Vettel, Alonso, Massa, Rosberg, Schumacher, Kobayashi. "Low intensity rain," says the McLaren garage as a few drops start falling.

BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard: "Colliding with your team-mate is the one thing you want to avoid at all costs."

Lap 10: Hamilton is definitely out of the race, while Button's car has been looked at and is deemed to be driveable.

Lap 9: Replays of Hamilton's attempt to overtake Button. He came up in the inside of his team-mate round about the start-finish line, but it seemed Button did not see him.

Lap 8: Webber and Hamilton are under investigation and now there's yet another incident - Button and Hamilton came together. Hamilton has managed to get involved in three separate incidents already and there's an issue with one of his wheels. "What's he doing?" asks Button on team radio. The safety car is in operation again.

Lap 7: Hamilton and Button are running sixth and seventh. Actually - scratch that - Hamilton has gone very wide and will lose further places as he and Schumacher tussle.

Lap 6: Webber spun and virtually stopped, he has lost plenty of places. Nico Rosberg has had an excellent start and is up to fourth place. Vettel has bolted away from those behind him despite getting a bit of a challenge from Alonso soon after the safety car disappeared.

Lap 5: Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton get very close to each other... and both drivers lose a place or two.

Lotus reserve driver and BBC 5 live analyst Karun Chandhok: "I would say about three or four laps under the safety car. Race director Charlie Whiting can listen in and in these conditions he often asks the teams to ask the drivers what they think. But three or four laps should be enough for them to get heat into the tyres. There is a problem here with the asphalt though, which is not very abrasive and makes that hard."

Lap 4: The safety car will come in at the end of this lap.

Lap 3: Please manually refresh your browser page to get everything in the right place. We've still got the safety car deployed, though a number of teams are getting intermediate tyres ready despite news of impending rain.

BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard: "One of the biggest difficulties in the wet is visibility. Not being able to see where you are going is the big challenge."

Lap 2: Not much standing water around on the race line, drivers are weaving about, warming their tyres.

1800: The race starts under the safety car. There's very little spray really... Rain expected a bit later, mind.

Lotus reserve driver and 5 live analyst Karun Chandhok: "The main thing in these conditions is downforce. If you can have a bit more it will help. But on a circuit like this it doesn't make quite as much difference. With the long straights, if you have an extra 5mph or 6mph, then that will make a difference the other way, it is a question of balance."

BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle: "These are the finest drivers on the world and I think they're capable of dealing with these conditions." He's not too thrilled with this decision to take out the drama of the start by deploying the safety car.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner: "The weather says it is going to get brighter - you just have to be on the right tyres at the right time. When you're starting from pole you don't want to take any risks."

1756: Button's interview took place just before confirmation of the safety car, which means there is no longer an option. The drivers have to start on full wets. It's a bit of a shame really that race director Charlie Whiting has gone for the safety car given that a number of drivers appeared to be seriously considering the intermediate.

McLaren's Jenson Button: "It is very slippy. There is a lot of standing water and if it was going to be like that at the start you would be wary. But it has stopped raining and is getting warmer so we are getting closer to making a decision and I'm sure we will make the right one."

1752: Confirmation comes through that this race will start behind a safety car, but hopefully they'll be racing properly after a lap or two.

1750: A few people are considering intermediates as opposed to full wets... even at this late stage, 10 minutes before the start! BBC F1 chief analyst Eddie Jordan reminisces: "Ayrton Senna used to take by far the longest way around the corner because he knew there was more grip there and eventually everyone else started following his line."

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Montreal: "There are some changes coming at the Renault team. Sporting director Steve Nielsen, who has been with them since before their championship winning years with Fernando Alonso, has resigned, although he is expected to stay on board until the Singapore Grand Prix in September. Team boss Eric Boullier, who refused to comment, is planning a management reshuffle which will see John Wickham, one of the bosses of the unsuccessful Footwork Arrows team in the early 1990s, coming on board."

Ross Brawn, team principal of Mercedes: "No chance of intermediates at the moment but that could change quite quickly."

1745: BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle has managed to grab Sebastian Vettel: "It's quite slippy, quite wet. We won't be using 'inters' with this amount of water, that's for sure. It's pretty clear it's extremes. Round here it's quite slippery, the asphalt, the tarmac doesn't have much grip."

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Montreal: "Paul di Resta's debut season in Formula 1 gets more impressive by the race. In Canada, a difficult circuit to master as many drivers have proved this weekend, the Scot is 11th on the grid and out-qualified his experienced team-mate Adrian Sutil by more than 0.5secs. Typically, Di Resta was modest and matter-of-fact about his achievement. 'I'm trying to beat as many people as I can,' he said. 'Adrian's just one of them.' He reckoned a top-10 position was possible but he lost some time 'just by running right at the edge. I've enjoyed driving here. It's how close you get to the walls; as close as you can be. You have to ride the kerbs a bit here and let the track come to you, because I can imagine you could make a big dent in your confidence early on.' "

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From Sean G: "David Coulthard and Michael Schumacher are brilliant. They should get their own sitcom. Vettel could be their neighbour."

1740: "We're going to be as welcome as a toothache on the grid at the moment," says BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle. That's because a lot of teams are very busy - testing their starts, working out clutch bite-points and so on, and trying to make that critical selection of wet or intermediate tyres. It is not yet finalised whether we will start under the safety car. For the sake of entertainment a regular start would obviously provide better sport.

1737: The pit crew are having a late look at Nick Heidfeld's Renault, but it's unlikely to be a serious issue. The German starts ninth on the grid. Meanwhile, BBC F1 chief analyst Eddie Jordan says that while McLaren's gamble on wet weather looks good at the moment, conditions could dry up sufficiently during the course of the race to negate that advantage. We've a fascinating battle of cat-and-mouse on our hands.

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Lee McKenzie: "Lewis Hamilton might think Sebastian Vettel is 'gone' in the championship, but the Red Bull driver insisted it was 'far too early' to think like that when I interviewed him at a driving day on Wednesday. He had an interesting answer when I asked him who his biggest rival was, not mentioning team-mate Mark Webber. 'You can't make them out yet,' he said. 'The McLaren drivers have been very competitive since Australia, but looking at Ferrari, Fernando is always there and even if he has a bad weekend he manages to get some points. So Lewis, Fernando, Jenson, and then we will see if Mercedes are able to turn it around and catch some up, but there is a long way to go.'"

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Montreal: "Toro Rosso have changed the torsion bars in the suspension and front and rear wing settings on Jaime Alguersuari's car - one assumes in anticipation of a wet race, making a softer car with more downforce. But as changing the settings is forbidden under F1's parc ferme regulations, the penalty is a start from the pit lane. Given he was 18th anyway after a difficult weekend, that doesn't change much for the Spaniard, whose position in the team is believed to be at risk, with rumours reserve driver Daniel Ricciardo may replace him from the British Grand Prix."

1725: So the expectation regarding tyre choice is as follows: Forget the "prime" and "option" Pirellis, which are both types of slicks tyres designed for dry-weather racing; today, it looks like being a straight choice between wet tyres and intermediates. The drivers have not been very impressed with the intermediates so they may want to go exclusively with the wets, though they will bear in mind they only have three sets of wets each.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Montreal: "In the likely event of a wet race, F1 is entering the unknown. 'I don't think we've done any running in the wet on the Pirelli,' Lewis Hamilton said. 'Maybe a couple of laps in winter testing.' McLaren missed the only wet running this year, choosing not to go out at all in the soaking first practice session in Turkey, when Sebastian Vettel crashed exploring the limits of the intermediate tyres. Michael Schumacher was another of those who did run in Istanbul - having a couple of spins - and he said he had no recollection of the comparative pace of the cars."

1719: The feeling is that McLaren's set-up is not specifically designed for wet weather, but it may be that they are running more downforce than some of the other leading cars - and that should help them unless conditions dry rapidly.

From Julia Howell, Market Drayton: "Well well! So what are all the people who were laughing at McLaren for running a wet set-up yesterday doing now hey? This could be interesting. Good luck McLaren!"

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Montreal: "Mark Webber may only be fourth on the grid, with Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel on pole, but the Australian was actually encouraged by his performance. He has been struggling to match Vettel in qualifying this year but although he was 0.4 seconds adrift here, much - if not all - of that deficit can be explained by the fact his Kers power-boost system was not working. Kers is worth around 0.4secs a lap on the Red Bull around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, so Webber would have been right in the battle for pole had his been working."

BBC F1 chief analyst Eddie Jordan: "Yes, we have Vettel running away with the championship, but no-one's thinking of that this season because we have so much overtaking and so much excitement."

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Tim, Andrew and Matt, from Cheshire: "We have abandoned our grandstand seat to sit on the grass at turn one - wet cold and having an amazing time - come on Lewis!"

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From BBC Sport's Andrew Benson: "Brilliant track guide with Schumacher and Coulthard just got a round of applause when we watched it. Make sure to watch it on BBC One."
Can't tell you exactly when this will be, but keep your eyes peeled!

1704: For the benefit of those of you unable to see live pictures, BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard is holding up an umbrella and lots of cagoules are being worn.

It's raining
1700: As BBC One coverage cranks up, the latest news on the weather from looking at various tweets and so on from Montreal varies between "the rain's stopped for now, but more is forecast" to "it's still raining and it's going to get heavier", and "light rain falling here" accompanied by a photo of people holding up umbrellas.

1658: Although we did get the relevant news into later editions of yesterday's report, you may not yet know that Virgin's Jerome d'Ambrosio has been granted a reprieve by the stewards despite failing to produce a time within 107% of the fastest driver in the first qualifying period. Accompanying Vettel on the front of the grid today is Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, the second row is also made up of Red Bull and Ferrari, and then we get to the McLarens, the Mercedes and the Renaults.

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From Iain Langmaid: "We have been due a wet race this season. It will be interesting to see how Pirelli's wet tyres stack up."

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Montreal: "McLaren were very disappointed after Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button qualified fifth and seventh at a race where they expected to challenge the Red Bulls hard and their post-qualifying news conference turned into something of a self-inquisition, as they analysed what went wrong. Team principal Martin Whitmarsh effectively said he felt the team had brought the wrong rear wing here, that they should have had a lower downforce one. But Hamilton and Button remain optimistic they can salvage something from the race, especially now it's looking like being wet."

1650: Those of you who are unashamed petrolheads will want to know that Audi, despite losing one car when Allan McNish crashed so spectacularly soon after the start, have won the Le Mans 24-hour race. Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer drove the Audi No. 2 to victory, giving the German manufacturer a 10th title in the famous old race.

1645: Of course, it's also been a horribly unsummery day in the UK today... Andy Murray's Queen's final looks like it might be carried over into Monday, there's been virtually no cricket either, so really there's no excuse for you not to get in touch with your comments. As ever, it's a text message to 81111 or a tweet accompanied by #bbcf1.

It's raining
BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Montreal: "What a very different place the city looks on race day. On Friday, the Ile Notre Dame was basking in glorious sunshine; this morning there is a blanket of grey clouds and persistent rain in the air. It's not heavy, but it doesn't feel like it's going anywhere. A wet grand prix looks on the cards - and to demonstrate just how rare that is here, the last fully wet Canadian Grand Prix was in 1981, although it did rain at times in 1989 and 2000. The teams' weather forecasts suggest that the drizzle will continue throughout the day, getting progressively heavier. Engineers are predicting a likely start under the safety car, given the amount of spray that has been thrown up by the Formula Fords and Ferrari 458s in the support races - and the massively bigger amount F1 cars produce."

1637: But hang on a minute. Our man on the spot, Andrew Benson, tells me the weather gods might be ready to stir up the cauldron today.

1635: In 2004, Michael Schumacher won 13 grand prix to set a new record for race wins in a single season. This year another German, Sebastian Vettel, has five wins from the first six races and he's on pole position today - at a track said to be unsuited to the Red Bull car. With the drivers' championship already surely a formality, Schumacher's seven-year record also looks in severe danger as the 23-year-old Vettel continues his dominance of Formula 1.

1630: Hello, and a very good day to you as we get ready to take you through coverage of the Canadian Grand Prix from Montreal. Coverage on BBC One starts at 1700 BST, with the race itself scheduled to get under way an hour later.



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Results

After 52 of 52 laps
Position Driver Team

Race completed

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Finland V Bottas Williams
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Great Britain J Button McLaren
5 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
6 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
7 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
8 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
9 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
10 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
11 Mexico S Perez Force India
12 France R Grosjean Lotus
13 Germany A Sutil Sauber
14 France J Bianchi Marussia
15 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham
16 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
17 Venezuela P Maldonado (ret.) Lotus
18 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
19 Sweden M Ericsson (ret.) Caterham
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Brazil F Massa (ret.) Williams
22 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari

Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 165
2 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 161
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 98
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari 87
5 Finland V Bottas Williams 73
6 Germany S Vettel Red Bull 70
7 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 63
8 Great Britain J Button McLaren 55
9 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren 35
10 Brazil F Massa Williams 30
11 Mexico S Perez Force India 28
12 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 19
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso 9
14 France R Grosjean Lotus 8
15 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 6
16 France J Bianchi Marussia 2
17 Germany A Sutil Sauber 0
18 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham 0
19 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 0
20 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber 0
21 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia 0
22 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham 0

Points projected from latest race positions



see also
Button wins stunning Canadian GP
12 Jun 11 |  Formula 1
Hamilton defends move on Button
13 Jun 11 |  Formula One
Canadian Grand Prix photos
13 Jun 11 |  Formula One
Canadian F1 weather forecast
12 Jun 11 |  News
Vettel blasts to pole in Canada
12 Jun 11 |  Formula One
F1 bosses ban exhaust technology
11 Jun 11 |  Formula One
Canadian GP qualifying as it happened
11 Jun 11 |  Formula 1


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