SPORT TALK: F1 thriller pushed all the right Buttons

What a win: McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button celebrates on the podium after winning the Canadian Grand Prix.  Photo: The Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson.
What a win: McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button celebrates on the podium after winning the Canadian Grand Prix. Photo: The Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson.

IT may have taken about five hours to finish, but last Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix was compelling stuff.

If you cut through all the pointless safety cars and faffing around, the Montreal event had everything you’d want from a Formula One race.

By that I mean a British winner, a smug champion German bottling it on the last lap, plenty of overtaking and incident galore.

Jenson Button’s surge from last to first in the torrential rain was absolutely exhilarating – indeed, only football and sometimes cricket facilitate such an adrenaline boost.

I’m just about on my own in the Spalding Guardian office when it comes to F1, though.

One of my colleagues – who I won’t name and shame – even prefers the dull Andrew Marr show for his Sunday television fix.

But I doff my cap to each and every driver on the grid. For me, it’s one of the most skilled sports out there and although Sebastian Vettel is dominating this season, it’s been incredible viewing.

•IMAGINE the uproar if a Premier League footballer decided to resign from his club contract and join their nearest rival.

It just wouldn’t or couldn’t happen. So why does ex-Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish think it’s acceptable to talk to Aston Villa?

I’m sure Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas would love to just resign and join Barcelona, but that’s not how it works.

We often hear managers bleating about other clubs tapping up their players, but it’s hard to sympathise when the likes of McLeish rip up the rule book.

If the bungling Villa chiefs want “big Eck”, they should pay a transfer fee.

•I HAD to chuckle when news broke of banned Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Amir turning out for a local Surrey side last week.

It’s a shame the paceman didn’t fancy a crack on the Lincolnshire scene, I’d have loved to see Ansar Hussain or Jack Barnett slap him around the park.

•AFTER my rant about over-priced English youngsters, it was interesting to see our U/21s nick a draw with Spain on Sunday.

A draw against the classy Spanish at any level is not to be sniffed at, but my point about transfer fees was further endorsed.

£20million Jordan Henderson and Co were played off the park by, among others, Barcelona youngster Thiago. His club value him at £5million. ’Nuff said.