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Vettel is the world’s undisputed No.1. But who is Britain’s best Formula 1 driver – Lewis Hamilton or Jenson Button?

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BY JOHN GUBBA

Formula 1 is only exciting when drivers overtake and it is not all about who has the best car – and that is what makes the battle for supremacy between Britain’s MacLaren team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button more interesting than the race for the world championship.

Sebastian Vettel has been so dominant in his Red Bull car that the F1 season is already a forgone conclusion with five races remaining. The German needs just one more point to make certain of a successful defence of his crown and he will almost certainly be champion even if he does not bother turning up to race again after his success in Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix.

Meanwhile in the duel between the MacLaren duo we have an intriguing clash of styles. The more conservative reliability of 2009 world champion Button against the more aggressive driving style of the 2008 world champion Hamilton.

On this season’s showing the world championship standings show that second placed Button is currently in better form than fifth placed Hamilton. But there can be little doubt who is the sport’s most exciting driver. Hamilton is the entertainer who makes the sport interesting. The question is will he ever again find the consistency needed to win a world title?

In China and Germany Hamilton delivered two of the greatest wins of the season. But his aggression back-fired in Monaco, again in Canada when he collided with his team-mate, in Belgium when he crashed out after misjudging an overtaking move; and this weekend in Singapore he got into two altercations in two days with Massa.

Love him or hate him, the sport of motor racing would be so much poorer without Lewis Hamilton

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HOW FUNNY THAT CANADIAN MARSHAL’S CRAZY TUMBLE OVERSHADOWS JENSON’S BUTTON’S FINEST F1 TRUMPH

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BY JOHN GUBBA

When Jenson Button overtook Sebastian Vettel on the final lap to win the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix it was a sensational finish to one of the most exciting F1 races seen for a very long time.

Britain’s former world champion – who recovered from last place at one stage despite crashes with McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso – described the win as the greatest of his career.

It was an epic race  that will certainly go down as one of the most amazing grand prixs in history, lasting almost four hours due to torrential rain and five safety cars.  Button pitted no fewer than six times before coming through in a dramatic final lap to claim his 10th Grand Prix victory.

Jenson Button celebrates edging out Sebastian Vettel in epic Canadian Grand Prix win

Jenson Button celebrates edging out Sebastian Vettel in epic Canadian Grand Prix win

But for many sports lovers who are not motor racing fans the defining moment of a day of pure drama was the comedy moment when a bumbling race marshal tripped as he tried to retrieve a piece of debris during a safety-car period. And in a moment of blind panic fell over again as he was faced with the oncoming F1 cars.

Luckily for him, his twin tumble came when the cars were not flat out. Even so,  Sauber star Kamui Kobayashi did well to avoid him. And Renault’s Vitaly Petrov also had to hit the brakes.

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LEWIS HAMILTON’S THRILLING VICTORY IN CHINA PUTS FORMULA 1 BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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Lewis Hamilton is back to his best

Lewis Hamilton is back to his best

BY JOHN GUBBA

Just when it looked like defending world champion Sebastian Vettel was going to turn the 2011 Formula 1 season into a procession with a hat-trick of wins up stepped Lewis Hamilton with one of the best drives of his career.

Hamilton’s thrilling victory in China pushed Vettel into second place and cuts the German’s lead in the overall standings to 21 points. But more importantly it sets up the season for what promises to be a fascinating battle between two great young champions and a supporting cast that includes their formidable team-mates – 2009 champion Jenson Button and Red Bull’s Mark Webber.

Formula 1 is sometimes too predictable and overshadowed by the sport’s politics to be taken seriously by a lot of sports fans. But the absorbing start to the new season and the return to prominence of Hamilton is just what Formula 1 needs. This could be one of the sport’s most exciting years ever.

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Who can stop Sebastian Vettel?

CAN ANYONE STOP FORMULA 1 WORLD CHAMPION SEBASTIAN VETTEL RETAINING HIS CROWN?

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Sebastian Vettel - catch me if you can

Sebastian Vettel - catch me if you can

BY JOHN GUBBA

After just two races in the 2011 Formula 1 season the big question is – who can stop defending world champion Sebastian Vettel?

Red Bull’s Vettel was in a class of his own to win a dramatic Malaysian Grand Prix. McLaren’s Jenson Button was runner-up to go second in the championship and Renault’s Nick Heidfeld was third.

In the overall standings Button moves ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who survived a late clash with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso as they disputed third and the 2008 Champion finished seventh behind Alonso after a late tyre stop.

Britain’s former world champions Hamilton and Button will surely push Vettel all the way. But it’s hard to bet against the 23-year-old German who became the youngest ever world champion in November

Overall standing: 1, Vettel – 50 pts; 2, Button – 26 pts; 3, Hamilton – 24 pts.

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