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Daniel Ricciardo wins 2014 Canadian GP

Daniel Ricciardo wins 2014 Canadian Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo claimed his maiden grand prix win this morning with a thrilling victory in the Canadian Grand Prix. The 24-year-old Australian overtook Nico Rosberg’s failing Mercedes AMG with just two laps to run before taking the chequered flag behind the Safety Car.

While dicing for P4 in the closing stages Felipe Massa (Williams) and Sergio Perez (Force India) came together and crashed out in spectacular style, flying into the crash barriers either side of a fortunate Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull). The incident brought out the Safety Car and secured Ricciardo’s win.

Vettel escaped that late drama to finish the race in third. Jenson Button (McLaren) put in a late charge to claim fourth after overtaking Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) on the last flying lap.

Earlier, it was looking like the usual Mercedes procession we’ve come to expect in 2014. It wasn’t always perfect, Vettel got past Hamilton to briefly hold P2, but could not defend that position when DRS became available. Rosberg and Hamilton soon resumed their position at the head of the pack and cleared off into the distance.

The lead changed in Hamilton’s favour thanks to some scrappy work during Rosberg’s second pit-stop, only to see Rosberg regain P1 shortly after when Hamilton ran wide at the hairpin allowing his teammate to get by.

The Mercedes 1–2 result was scuppered, with 24 laps remaining, when Hamilton’s rear brakes faded badly forcing him into the pits to retire. Rosberg was plagued by the same problem but drove a masterful race thereafter under instructions to simply get to the flag. The chasing group, headed by Perez, closed in quickly on Rosberg but the German was able to do enough to maintain a lead of around one second.

Ricciardo made a race-defining move with six laps to run when he was able to force his way past Perez. His timing couldn’t have been better, as he soon overtook a backmarker in Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber) and set about chasing Rosberg. Gutierrez did his best to get out of the way of the group behind but stalled them enough to give Ricciardo some respite.

Rosberg still appeared to have enough to in the kitty to hold Ricciardo at bay, but on Lap 68 of 70 the Australian was able to get by the failing Mercedes with DRS on the back straight. The Perez-Vettel-Massa grouping had dropped back a little to give Rosberg some relief.

However, Vettel bullocked his way by Perez to take P3 and might have had reason to believe he could also chase Rosberg down. Any such thoughts were brought to an abrupt end when Massa clipped the left rear of Perez’s car, shooting both cars off track and out of the race. Fortunately both men appeared to escape injury and a necessary Safety Car brought an end to some chaotic and breathtaking racing.

After taking the chequered flag Daniel seemed to be in a state of disbelief and shock, such was the drama and speed with which the fortunes of his race changed. Once he stood on the podium’s top step for the first time, though, his trademark beaming smile was there for all to see.

Ricciardo was a popular winner and hearing Advance Australia Fair brought an equally broad smile to thousands of race fans down under who were rewarded for braving the 4am (AEST) race start.

Daniel becomes the fourth Australian to win a Formula 1 Grand Prix, joining Sir Jack Brabham (14), Alan Jones (12) and Mark Webber (9). He also moves to third in the drivers’ championship, behind Rosberg and Hamilton.

Daniel Ricciardo wins 2014 Canadian Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo wins 2014 Canadian Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo wins 2014 Canadian Grand Prix

2014 Canadian Grand Prix final placings

  1. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing – 70 Laps (25 pts)
  2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG – +4.2 secs (18 pts)
  3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing – +5.2 secs (15 pts)
  4. Jenson Button McLaren – +11.7 secs (12 pts)
  5. Nico Hulkenberg Force India – +12.8 secs (10 pts)
  6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari – +14.8 secs (8 pts)
  7. Valtteri Bottas Williams – +23.5 secs (6 pts)
  8. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso – +28.0 secs (4 pts)
  9. Kevin Magnussen McLaren – +29.2 secs (2 pts)
  10. Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari – +53.6 secs (1 pt)
  11. Sergio Perez Force India – +1 Lap
  12. Felipe Massa Williams – +1 Lap
  13. Adrian Sutil Sauber – +1 Lap
  14. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber – +6 Laps

Retired/not classified
Romain Grosjean Lotus – +11 Laps
Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso – +23 Laps
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG – +24 Laps
Kamui Kobayashi Caterham – +47 Laps
Pastor Maldonado Lotus – +49 Laps
Marcus Ericsson Caterham – +63 Laps
Max Chilton Marussia – 0 Laps
Jules Bianchi Marussia – 0 Laps

Fastest lap
Felipe Massa Williams – 1:18.504 (Lap 58)

Note: Gutierrez did not take part in qualifying due to chassis damage suffered during practice. He raced at the stewards’ discretion and started from pit lane. Kobayashi qualified in P20, but was penalised five grid spots for an unscheduled gearbox change.

2014 F1 world championship – Drivers (Top 10)

  1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG – 140
  2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG – 118
  3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull – 79
  4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari – 69
  5. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull – 60
  6. Nico Hulkenberg Force India – 57
  7. Jenson Button McLaren – 43
  8. Valtteri Bottas Williams – 40
  9. Kevin Magnussen McLaren – 23
  10. Sergio Perez Force India – 20

2014 F1 world championship – Constructors

  1. Mercedes – 258
  2. Red Bull Racing – 139
  3. Ferrari – 87
  4. Force India-Mercedes – 77
  5. McLaren-Mercedes – 66
  6. Williams-Mercedes – 58
  7. Lotus – 8
  8. STR-Renault – 8
  9. Marussia – 2
  10. Sauber – 0
  11. Caterham – 0

12 replies on “Daniel Ricciardo wins 2014 Canadian GP”

Just when I was getting over the Mercedes train. Only reason I have kept watching is this man.

Australia’s next World Champion.

What a brilliant individual. Love his attitude……….and that smile. 🙂

Yep, Vettel was very gracious. He genuinely does seem like a nice guy when he’s not driving an F1 car.

Vettel is a nice guy when he has NO CHANCE of winning this year’s WC. He’ll revert to type when he has a sniff again next season.

I was surprised by the photo of Vettel patting Dan on the back too. He looked genuinely happy for Daniel, and the look on his face was one of reflection too, where he was probably thinking of how great a moment his 1st win was too.
The last thing you want is a jealous team-mate being an arse when you win you first F1 race. Especially a 4 time World Champ. Well done Vettel, helping make the moment special for Daniel. You are gaining some of that respect back.

The best thing about this win was how Dan made it happen. So many laps behind Perez and as soon as half a chance presented itself he was good enough to take it and then chase Rosberg down. Great racing ability!

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