Ricciardo snatches maiden win in Montreal thriller

2014 Canadian Grand Prix summary

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2014Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo has claimed his first grand prix victory after a chaotic and thrilling Canadian Grand Prix in which Lewis Hamilton was forced to retire with brake issues.

Nico Rosberg finished second after Mercedes were struck by a mysterious problem that slowed both cars. Sebastian Vettel finished third.

At the start, Hamilton appeared to get the better start of the two Mercedes drivers, but was pushed out wide by Rosberg at the apex, forcing Hamilton to tuck in behind Vettel into third.

Then, chaos ensued into Turn Four when Max Chilton lost control of his Marussia and collected team mate Jules Bianchi, sending the Frenchmen into the wall and eliminating both cars on the spot.

After a long period behind the Safety Car, the race eventually resumed on Lap 8 with Rosberg able to make a clean jump on Vettel behind. Hamilton took immidiate advantage of DRS being activate on Lap 10 to breeze past the Red Bull on the long back straight while Daniil Kvyat spun at Turn Two, dropping him to last on the track.

Daniel Ricciardo was the first of the front runners to pit on Lap 14, with Bottas, Vettel and Massa following suit in the following laps. A long stop for Massa with a sticking left-front tyres dropped the Williams driver behind Alonso and Vergne.

Rosberg pitted first of the Mercedes drivers from the lead on Lap 18 after almost throwing the car into the wall at Turn Four on his in lap. Hamilton pitted the following lap, rejoining with around a two second gap to his team mate. The Force India pair of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg inherited third and fourth respectively having stayed out.

Hamilton began chipping away at the gap to Rosberg, closing to less than a second behind the leader. On Lap 25, with Hamilton in DRS range, Rosberg locked up on the approach into the final chicane and ran through the tarmac run-off on the inside of the corner, holding on to the lead in the process. Despite Hamilton not actively attempted to pass his team mate, Rosberg was investigated by the stewards for exceeding track limits and later received a final warning but no penalty.

After half a race distance on a single set of Supersoft tyres, Perez eventually pitted from third, rejoining in 9th. Hulkenberg stayed out, maintaining his third position. Both Red Bull drivers pitted, with Ricciardo successfully leapfrogging his team mate.

Suddenly, there was drama as both Mercedes drivers reported a loss of power. Instantly, the leading Mercedes dropped over two seconds over their previous pace. Frantic radio calls suggested that both cars may have been suffering a energy recovery issue.

Both Mercedes pitted for a second time, handing Felipe Massa the lead of the race, but, more crucially, Hamilton was able to get out ahead of Rosberg. But then, Hamilton suddenly ran wide at the hairpin and Rosberg was through. Hamilton immediately tucked back in behind his team mates slipstream, but ran straight through the final chicane.

Hamilton was forced to allow Rosberg back through, but after missing yet another corner, this time at Turn Five, it was obvious that Hamilton was suffering a severe braking issue. Inevitably, Hamilton was pulled into the pits and forced to retire for only the second time this season.

With Hamilton out, Massa pitted and Rosberg regained the lead but was quickly under pressure for Perez with the two Red Bulls immediately behind. Despite an obvious mechanical issue, Rosberg was still quick enough to hold off the chasing pack behind him, but entirely unable to pull away.

There was a similarly tight battle for fifth with Nico Hulkenberg, Bottas, Massa and Alonso line astern. With Massa on fresher tyres, the team informed Bottas to let his team mate through, which he achieved by running wide at the hairpin. Massa then passed Hulkenberg soon after.

With Massa released, he was able to catch the leading pack ahead. With five laps remaining, Rosberg, Perez, Ricciardo, Vettel and Massa were all together on the race track. Then, Perez was heard complaining of braking issues and Ricciardo was able to dive down the outside of the Force India into Turn 1 and take second place. Vettel then passed Perez himself soon after.

Ricciardo then chased down Rosberg and with just over two laps remaining was able to pass the Mercedes into the final chicane to take an unlikely lead. At the start of the final lap, Massa attempted to pass Perez but the two collided, sending both crashing into the wall and out of the race in a violent accident.

The Safety Car was deployed, freezing the field and guaranteeing Ricciardo his first grand prix victory. Rosberg and Vettel rounded out the podium, with Jenson Button and Nico Hulkenberg inheriting fourth and fifth following the last lap accident. Fernando Alonso finished sixth, Bottas seventh, followed by Jean-Eric Vergne in eighth, Kevin Magnussen in ninth and Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari rounding out the points.

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116 comments on Ricciardo snatches maiden win in Montreal thriller

  1. Williams have disappointed me once again… jeez..

    Happy for Ricciardo though, outclassed by Vettel again…

  2. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 8th June 2014, 21:14

    Wow….wow…wow After having about 5 heart attacks I am utterly speechless. Gutted for Hamilton, very fortunate for Rosberg.

    10/10 for me!

  3. akshay.it (@akshay-it) said on 8th June 2014, 21:15

    I think Hulkenburg is jinxing the drivers in front.. somehow he reaches in top 6.. one way or other… :-)

  4. JohnH (@johnrkh) said on 8th June 2014, 21:17

    Great race and if this does not convince the Vetel fan boys that Ricciardo is every bit as good a driver as Vetel nothing will.

  5. Ed Marques (@edmarques) said on 8th June 2014, 21:17

    Very sorry for Hamilton. A faliure (again) and Rosberg got away with a “mistake” (he made a mistake and simply accelerated…) where he gained 6 tenths…
    For the other part, amazing race. Great race from Ricciardo, Vettel, Perez, Massa, Button and Rosberg.
    Ferrari nowhere.
    Can’t wait for the next round! These new cars worked beautifully in Canada.

  6. Sun Siyuan (@peking901) said on 8th June 2014, 21:19

    Absolutely a wonderful race! To me it’s even better than Bahrain!

    Well done Ricciardo! Really like his smile!

    So sad for Massa’s accident……T。T

  7. Breno (@austus) said on 8th June 2014, 21:24

    I’m still not sure how Button went from “behind Bottas” to P4 in just a few laps.

  8. evered7 (@evered7) said on 8th June 2014, 21:25

    Deserved win for Ricciardo. A good nursing job from Rosberg to solidify his WDC lead. Vettel also showing great skills to get 3rd.

    Sorry for Perez. Should have scored a 4th or 5th at the least. Massa won me over with that overtake of Hulk. Not sure if he is at fault for the accident but could have exercised a little caution.

    Ferrari will hope for a reversal of fortunes in the next round. They need to get their act together soon or else this season will be in shambles.

  9. Slava (@slava) said on 8th June 2014, 21:27

    That Massa’s mistake was expected. It happens all the time in a group of racers when no one of them is able to overtake. Some of them will crack.
    Perez is really good at saving his tyres. Hulk told that he had also some troubles with gearbox.
    Kimi was funny today.
    Congrats to Ricciardo, he made a good move.
    It feels that Hamilton simply broke his brakes.
    Great race, Ferrari was nowhere, a bunch of chatterboxes.

  10. oni said on 8th June 2014, 21:29

    How in the world did Button finish 4th?

  11. th13teen said on 8th June 2014, 21:41

    I have no clue how Nico did not get a penalty for exceeding track limits and gaining an advantage!?
    This is not a good message to the drivers…what if that had been the very last lap, or second to last lap…hmm. The stewards were really harsh on penalties in Australia and Malaysia, now it has dwindled again..

  12. Feuerdrache (@xenomorph91) said on 8th June 2014, 21:57

    There are so many if’s and maybe’s on this article right now, that I’m going to throw in another one: Would it have been wiser for Williams not to pit Massa and try to make the tyres last as long as possible? Rosberg could not have overtaken Massa under any circumstances.

    • OEL F1 (@oel-f1) said on 8th June 2014, 22:08

      +1

      I thought it would’ve been better to go for victory even if it looked unlikely to turn out that well, but now we know what did happen, maybe it would’ve given him at least a podium. It would’ve been very tricky in the end of the race though.

    • It will be interesting to see if Massa wanted to come in.

  13. Glad for Top Dan! The train of cars he was in were struggling to pass each other and it took a “big kahunas” move from him to pass Perez around the outside of turn 1 and then grab that victory from Rosberg. He showed he really wanted that thing! Excellent stuff!

  14. Rahul said on 9th June 2014, 7:41

    Hi Fanatics,

    A big FI fan very sad and disappointed with yesterdays result :-( but a very competitive race. I just started watching F1 again this year after missing 3 boring seasons and with all the fuss about new changes i think this is the best F1 season yet. Competition for driver championship, tough competition thereafter between 5 teams I don’t think it was this better ever (atleast 10 yrs).

    I had a few questions and would appreciate someone provide more insights

    1) Perez and RBR’s changed to softs almost around same laps +/- 2 laps. So why wasn’t Perez able to overtake Rosberg with the high straight speeds while Daniel did it in 1 lap? I heard he had tyre wear but it should have been same for RBR’s (atleast should have been better since FI has the best tyre maintenance)? He encountered brake issues in the end which explains loss of speed at the end.

    2) FI was very quick in bahrain (circuit similar to canada) then they brought some updates for other circuits (china/spain) which may or may not have worked not sure. So in Canada would they have done better with Bahrain like car (without the added updates) aren’t the updates on cars flexible enough?

    3) Where can i find details of updates on cars, their advantages and reviews on the updates after the race.

  15. Dazza said on 10th June 2014, 6:24

    I say tough luck to Vettel, he has had it easy for many years. We are now seeing a much better driver in Daniel Riccardo. Vettel is only good when he has a car that suits him. Any one that thinks Ricciardo was gifted that win has rocks in there head. He drove a great race and capitalised on the oppertunity available just like any other driver would.

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