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MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren suffers damage to his rear left wheel after driving too close to team mate Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren in the early stage of the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren suffers damage to his rear left wheel after driving too close to team mate Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren in the early stage of the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Paul Gilham

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12:  Lewis Hamilton (front) of Great Britain and McLaren drives close to team mate Jenson Button (rear) of Great Britain and McLaren as he goes straight on at the first corner and rejoins the circuit during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12: Lewis Hamilton (front) of Great Britain and McLaren drives close to team mate Jenson Button (rear) of Great Britain and McLaren as he goes straight on at the first corner and rejoins the circuit during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Mark Thompson

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren suffers damage to his rear left wheel after driving too close to team mate Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren in the early stage of the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren suffers damage to his rear left wheel after driving too close to team mate Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren in the early stage of the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Paul Gilham

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren suffers damage to his rear left wheel after driving too close to team mate Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren in the early stage of the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren suffers damage to his rear left wheel after driving too close to team mate Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren in the early stage of the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Paul Gilham

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren suffers damage to his rear left wheel after driving too close to team mate Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren in the early stage of the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren suffers damage to his rear left wheel after driving too close to team mate Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren in the early stage of the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Paul Gilham

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren suffers damage to his rear left wheel after driving too close to team mate Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren in the early stage of the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren suffers damage to his rear left wheel after driving too close to team mate Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren in the early stage of the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Paul Gilham

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12:  Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12: Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Paul Gilham

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12:  Fans react to the decision to start under the safety car during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12: Fans react to the decision to start under the safety car during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Paul Gilham

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12:  The field led by Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing drive behind the safety car during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12: The field led by Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing drive behind the safety car during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Clive Rose

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12:  Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12: Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Clive Rose

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12:  Race winner Jenson Button (2nd right) of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium with third placed Mark Webber (right) of Australia and Red Bull Racing, McLaren Technical Director Paddy Lowe (2nd left) and second placed Sebastian Vettel (left) of Germany and Red Bull Racing following the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12: Race winner Jenson Button (2nd right) of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium with third placed Mark Webber (right) of Australia and Red Bull Racing, McLaren Technical Director Paddy Lowe (2nd left) and second placed Sebastian Vettel (left) of Germany and Red Bull Racing following the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Clive Rose

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12:  Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren drives on his way to winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12: Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren drives on his way to winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Paul Gilham

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12:  Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren drives on his way to winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12: Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren drives on his way to winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Paul Gilham

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12:  Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12: Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Paul Gilham

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12:  Lewis Hamilton (bottom) of Great Britain and McLaren and Michael Schumacher (top) of Germany and Mercedes GP drive side by side during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12: Lewis Hamilton (bottom) of Great Britain and McLaren and Michael Schumacher (top) of Germany and Mercedes GP drive side by side during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Clive Rose

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12:  Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren drives on his way to winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12: Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren drives on his way to winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Clive Rose

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12:  Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing leads the field in the early stages of the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing leads the field in the early stages of the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Paul Gilham

McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button, of Britain, waves after his victory in the Canadian Grand Prix auto race, Sunday, June 12, 2011, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot)

McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button, of Britain, waves after his victory in the Canadian Grand Prix auto race, Sunday, June 12, 2011, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot)

Jacques Boissinot

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12:  Race winner Jenson Button (2nd right) of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium with third placed Mark Webber (right) of Australia and Red Bull Racing, McLaren Technical Director Paddy Lowe (2nd left) and second placed Sebastian Vettel (left) of Germany and Red Bull Racing following the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12: Race winner Jenson Button (2nd right) of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium with third placed Mark Webber (right) of Australia and Red Bull Racing, McLaren Technical Director Paddy Lowe (2nd left) and second placed Sebastian Vettel (left) of Germany and Red Bull Racing following the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Mark Thompson

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12:  Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates with team mates in parc ferme after winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12: Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates with team mates in parc ferme after winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)

Ker Robertson

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MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 12: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren suffers damage to his rear left wheel after driving too close to team mate Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren in the early stage of the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Canadian Grand Prix winner Jenson Button today defended his under-fire team-mate Lewis Hamilton after last night's dramatic, rain-lashed race.

Button described his amazing last-gasp win as the greatest of his career.

But much of the focus in Montreal remained on his crash incident with McLaren team-mate and fellow British star Lewis Hamilton.

Former world champion Nikki Lauda had rapped Hamilton in a TV commentary, saying after the collision as Hamilton tried to overtake Button: “What Hamilton did there goes beyond all boundaries.

“You cannot drive like this — it will result in someone getting killed.”

But Button, who had drifted into Hamilton's racing line, appeared to accept the blame, saying: “ I didn't see Lewis and I've apologised to him. We both agree it was one of those things.”

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