Greatest F1 Comeback Drives in History

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A comeback is an art, extremely difficult to execute, yet immensely satisfying upon completion. In any sport, a comeback from being down in the dumps invokes a special feeling. Especially in the world of Formula 1, where every second makes an enormous difference, comebacks are few and far within. However, Formula 1 in its illustrious  history has seen some brilliant comeback drives. One’s worthy of being recounted time and time again. Let’s have a look at five of the greatest F1 comeback drives the sport has ever witnessed.

Top 5 Greatest F1 Comeback Drives

5. A rain-soaked Canadian thriller:

F1 comeback drives
2011 Canadian Grand Prix – Sunday, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada, 12th June 2011, Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-26 Mercedes.

Driver- Jenson Button
Race- Canada 2011

A rain-soaked Canadian Grand Prix brought out Jenson Button‘s best. The race lasted 4 hours and 4 minutes and saw a record 5 safety car deployments. The Brit endured 2 collisions, 6 pitstops and a drive-through penalty. But he still went on to win the race. It what was considered to be one of the greatest F1 comeback drives in modern F1.

The race started behind the safety car in extremely wet conditions, with Button lining up 7th on the grid. Vettel pulled away to an early lead with the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso hot on his heels. Further back, Button squeezed his teammate Lewis Hamilton into the wall on the run down to turn 1. Hamilton’s car had to be retired as a result of a broken suspension, thus bringing out the safety car. Jenson’s woes continued, as he was awarded a stop-go penalty for making up ground during the safety car conditions. The Brit re-joined the race in a lowly 15th place.

More drama ensued with the race being red flagged on lap 26, as a thunderstorm hit the circuit. At the restart, Jenson found himself in more trouble. He collided with Fernando Alonso bringing out yet another safety car. The collision brought an end to Alonso’s race, whereas Button miraculously suffered only a puncture. He wrestled his car back to the pits and re-joined the race, albeit in last place.

What followed was one of the best displays of driving modern Formula 1 has ever seen. He swept past the field with renewed enthusiasm and vigour and moved into the points. Soon, he closed down on the front-running trio of Vettel, Webber, and Schumacher. He made light work of Schumacher and Webber, both drivers struggling on their worn out tires. Button soon found himself on Vettel’s tail and put immense pressure on the German. Vettel cracked and ran wide on the second corner of the last lap. Button didn’t need a second invitation and swept past him to secure the win of his career. It was one of the most legendary F1 comeback drives.

Watch how it happened:

 

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