Martin Whitmarsh has backed Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button as the 'two best racing drivers in the world today' after the pair secured a second successive 1-2 finish in the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Montreal race saw the British pair battled hard to fight at the front, with Hamilton leading through the early stages before losing out to Fernando Alonso during his first stop.

Managing to battle back ahead of the Spaniard, Hamilton then got ahead of the Red Bull of Mark Webber before the Australian made his final stop and was then able to maintain his advantage out front for a second win of the year.

Button meanwhile was embroiled in a hectic fight on track for second with Alonso, getting ahead of the Spaniard in traffic to take his fourth podium finish of the season.

The pair now sit first and second in the drivers' standings while McLaren heads the constructors' championship, leaving Whitmarsh full of praise for his drivers.

"I'm told I sometimes over-use the phrase 'fantastic job' when describing the performances of Lewis and Jenson, but I make no apology whatsoever for using that phrase again today," he said. "This afternoon's race was extremely exciting from a spectacle point of view and decidedly challenging from a strategy point of view, and I think our engineers rose to that challenge supremely well.

"But, yes, Lewis and Jenson did indeed do a fantastic job here in Montreal this afternoon. They drove with controlled aggression when it was needed, tempered by patience and discipline when those qualities were required.

"I firmly believe that Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has the two best racing drivers in the world today."

Despite moving to the head of the standings however, Whitmarsh said the team wasn't under-estimating the challenges that still lie ahead.

"We never under-estimate our competitors, who are working every bit as hard to win grands prix and world championships as we are," he said. "There's a long way to go yet, but I can say without fear of contradiction that every single person at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes is working as hard as he or she possibly can to maintain our positions at the top of both championship tables from here on in through to Abu Dhabi in November."

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