First-time winner Ricciardo halts Mercedes domination

2014 Canadian Grand Prix stats and facts

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2014Daniel Ricciardo became the 105th driver to win a round of the world championship with his surprise victory in the Canadian Grand Prix.

Less than three weeks after the Australian racing community was saddened by the death of Jack Brabham, the three-times world champion and first Australian to win in F1, Ricciardo became their fourth race-winner.

Brabham went on to take fourteen wins, fellow world champion Alan Jones won twelve times, and Mark Webber claimed nine wins before quitting F1 last year, leaving his seat to Ricciardo.

The 24-year-old scored his first race win at his 57th attempt, seven races into his first season with Red Bull. He is the first new race winner since Pastor Maldonado in the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver’s last victory in any category came at Monaco in Formula Renault 3.5 three years ago. The following month it was confirmed he would make his F1 debut driving for HRT in the British Grand Prix.

MGU-K failures on both brought several of Mercedes’ dominant streaks to an end. When Felipe Massa took the lead on lap 46 it was the first time since Sebastian Vettel won last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix that anything other than a Mercedes had led a race.

The two W05s had led for 413 laps in a row at the start of the season. That’s the longest consecutive spell led by a single team since 1993, when Williams led throughout the Canadian, French, British, German, Hungarian, Belgian and Italian Grands Prix, for a total of 419 laps.

The only longer leader spell achieved by a team was recorded by McLaren in 1988, who led all of the first seven races, totalling 477 laps.

Mercedes also failed in their attempt to score one-twos in six consecutive F1 championship races, something which has never been done before. However in 1952 Ferrari finished first and second in six consecutive rounds which counted towards the championship, leaving aside the Indy 500 which was not run to F1 rules (and which Ferrari did enter, Alberto Ascari retiring on lap 40).

Nico Rosberg kept Mercedes’ run of pole positions going with their seventh, which was also the seventh of his career. He now has as many pole positions as Jacques Laffite.

Ricciardo’s win also ended the monopoly on race wins by Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, who had won all of the preceding 20 races in a period spanning more than a year.

Felipe Massa, Williams, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2014Fastest lap went to Felipe Massa for the first time since the 2011 Hungarian Grand Prix. The last Williams driver to set fastest lap was Bruno Senna in the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix. Controversially, Rosberg set his fastest lap of the race by cutting the chicane on lap 25.

The Williams pair took fourth and fifth on the grid, which was the team’s best combined qualifying performance since the 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix, when Nico Hulkenberg qualified on pole position and Rubens Barrichello lined up sixth.

While Ferrari marked Kimi Raikkonen’s 200th ‘race start’, it was in fact his 199th. Raikkonen has participated in 201 grands prix, but withdrew before the start of the 2005 United States Grand Prix as did all the other drivers on Michelin tyres. And although he took part in the original start of the 2001 Belgian Grand Prix, that race was later abandoned due to a red flag, and Raikkonen did not take part in the new race.

Finally, Max Chilton’s record of being classified in every race he had started finally came to an end following his first-lap collision with team mate Jules Bianchi. Chilton was classified in his first 25 starts, beating the previous record of 16 set by Tiago Monteiro in 2005.

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94 comments on First-time winner Ricciardo halts Mercedes domination

  1. sumedh said on 9th June 2014, 11:53

    The championship leader has still not won a race in 2014.

  2. KaIIe (@kaiie) said on 9th June 2014, 11:55

    Quite many drivers have scored their first victory at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve: Gilles Villeneuve himself (1978), Thierry Boutsen (1989), Jean Alesi (1995), Lewis Hamilton (2007), Robert Kubica (2008) and now Daniel Ricciardo. From the tracks that are still on the calendar, this is by far the most (from the past 30 years or so), as next up on “new winners’ tracks” are Hungary and Nürburgring with three new winners on each track.

  3. timi (@timi) said on 9th June 2014, 11:58

    *Mercedes halt Mercedes domination

  4. Jacob (@jb22km20) said on 9th June 2014, 11:59

    It is the first time since the Spanish Grand Prix 2013 (12 May 2013) that the German national anthem wasn’t played at a Grand Prix event.

  5. Girts (@girts) said on 9th June 2014, 12:01

    “Brabham went on to take fourteen wins, fellow world champion Alan Jones won twelve times, and Mark Webber claimed nine wins before quitting F1 last year”

    Well, I hope that Ricciardo wins more than five races during his career…

  6. Gavyn said on 9th June 2014, 12:02

    Let’s be quite clear about this right now. Reliability ended Mercedes domination, not Red Bull. Without the problem, the Mercedes were on course to finish around a minute ahead of everyone else. This is by no means an end to the domination, just a slice of luck for Red Bull.

    • Breno (@austus) said on 9th June 2014, 13:15

      Lets be clear about this right now. No one else managed to pass Rosberg.

    • Steven (@steevkay) said on 9th June 2014, 15:25

      It’s funny because even with a problematic car, Mercedes still managed to keep the others at bay.

      However, I am happy Rosberg didn’t get the win so that the game between him and Hamilton remains somewhat reasonable. We all saw how long it took Hamilton to claw back the DNF from Australia, and it’s hard to imagine anyone but Rosberg coming second in future races, unless he has reliability issues.

      I’m even more happy for Ricciardo’s win. That smile of his is contagious, and it was amazing to see the crowd chanting his name when he was on the podium.

  7. WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 9th June 2014, 12:11

    Wow, what a race. Perhaps it didn’t have as much of the side-by-side action of Bahrain, but it a) gave Rosberg the head start over Hamilton he will perhaps need in coming tracks, and b) arguably had more drama and was perhaps even more significant. I say that because Daniel Ricciardo, who for many people, was promoted over Raikkonen mainly to fulfil Red Bull’s immense financial obligations to their driver programme, has just won the Canadian Grand Prix, having been trounced at that very same track by JEV just twelve months prior; the same race that saw his teammate dominate the field. Every rational prediction, every seasoned automotive brain would see Ricciardo challenge the four-time champion only on occasional Saturdays in 2014, and yet, he has often beaten the champion in most competitive sessions this year. He has been a true revelation, easily the best performer of the year so far, and it begs the question, if Ricciardo was not overtly stronger than Vergne in 2012/3, will we now have to revaluate the job being done by the perhaps more anonymous midfield faces relative to the sport’s megastars? In a top car what could Hulkenberg do? Or Bottas? Or Grosjean? Or Bianchi? Whilst I would suggest that the breadth of talent on offer in 2014 is perhaps not what it was in say 2012, the Ricciardo versus Vettel dynamic beautifully illustrates the true star quality of most on the grid (most on the grid are GP[insert applicable] or Formula [insert applicable] champions). To recapitulate, in the space of twelve months Vettel has won his fourth world championship, won nine races in row and found himself playing second fiddle, for now, to his new teammate, who has just won at the same track where he was steam-rolled by his former teammate last year who in turn is now under intense pressure for his seat. That is why Formula 1 is the best sport in the world.

    • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 9th June 2014, 12:12

      I would add that I don’t think Vettel is remotely performing at his optimum, his former style of rolling the car through the apex with plenty of throttle is simply not compatible with the high torque and low rear downforce formula of 2014 (in fact I’m surprised we haven’t seen any Raikkonen style spins from Vettel), but even if there’s a further 3 to 4/10ths in Vettel at most tracks, that still puts Ricciardo much closer to Vettel than Webber was.

      • Damonw said on 9th June 2014, 12:27

        Excuses excuses, Vettel is getting beaten fair and square by Ricciardo. Daniel went faster than Vettel in last years car in testing aswell so I’m not buying your explanation.

        • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 9th June 2014, 12:48

          Wow, there’s a well judged comment. Firstly, Ricciardo wasn’t faster than Vettel at the Young Driver Test, and although the team were impressed by his speed and his technical feedback, it was in fact Sainz’s performance in the RB9 that the team found most impressive. Secondly, if those nine consecutive victories were all on the back of an RB9 in a different league, what was Mark Webber doing thirty seconds behind? It’s difficult to imagine how such a terrible driver ever got a super-license if I take your explanation at face value…

          Whilst I agree that nine consecutive victories, four consecutive championships and a victory in a Toro Rosso (with Newey aerodynamics and the very latest stock of the Ferrari engines that were the class of the field) were perhaps put too overtly on Vettel’s head in a sport so car dependent, but to trivialize Vettel’s ability is simply not valid. So whilst I would perhaps rank Alonso and maybe even Hamilton ahead of Vettel, you simply cannot deny the brilliance of the kid. Are sure your overtly partisan grudges against drivers aren’t more suited to the Daily Mail’s sport page, not this educated fan blog, Mr Damonw?

      • Mark in Florida said on 9th June 2014, 21:26

        The way the car’s handle now, I wonder if Schumacher would have had a better come back. He always liked a nose first pointy style car and wasn’t afraid to hang it out there. The understeering car’s when he made his return suited drivers like Button better. Just a thought.

        • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 9th June 2014, 22:57

          Whilst I agree that Schumacher would have perhaps been better in the modern era of F1 Mark, you are confusing oversteer versus understeer with wheelspin versus traction, with the 2013 chassis no more likely to understeer, in terms of the front end sliding across the road, than those of 2014 but far less likely to light up their rears with immense torque of the 2014 V6s. With that in mind, we haven’t really seen Button improve as a driver this year, but theoretically the quite beautiful way in which Schumacher modulated the throttle would make him strong in 2014. Regarding Schumacher, the speed Rosberg has shown versus the man most rightly believe to be the out-and-out on the grid is a fitting tribute to the great man, bearing in mind how well he compared to Rosberg in 2012 especially.

      • TMF (@tmf42) said on 10th June 2014, 9:28

        @william-brierty I think it’s not just the downforce level but also the poorer drivability of the Renaults and the less stable car (due to break by wire) in the entries. Seb doesn’t seem to have the same precision as last year and the feeling on the breaks in the entry. With the little running he had during the tests and in the first race it’s, imo, a mixture of not understanding the car properly and how to find the optimal setup that meets him half way – the recent improvements he made would also suggest that he starts to get the hang of it.
        So far, Dan is just ahead on this learning curve – Seb had to play around more with the setups, which would also explain why he’s affected more by those engine gremlins.

        • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 10th June 2014, 10:43

          @tmf42 – Whilst I agree that Vettel’s woes are not fully down to the lack of rear downforce, a gap as substantial as that between Vettel and Ricciardo cannot simply be attributed to the learning curve with a nod to the nine consecutive displays of automotive dominance we saw at the end of last year. I fear that Vettel woes are stylistic, with Vettel’s previous style fundamentally incompatible with the new era of F1. In essence, Vettel was never last of the late brakers, preferring to brake earlier than most, giving him a neutral car mid-corner allowing him to open the throttle earlier than anyone else on the grid, with that rear Newey downforce as a safeguard as he throttled up early (on a number of Vettel’s pole laps from last year he can be seen picking up the throttle even before he hits the apex curb). This made Vettel king of the corner exit, giving him an immense advantage on traction-limited circuits such as Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Monza, Bahrain and Montreal. However with the introduction of the 2014 V6 torque and the subtraction of much of the rear downforce we have seen the form of exit specialists like Vettel and Raikkonen diminish relative to entry specialists like Hamilton and Alonso. Vettel has to comprehensively rengineer his driving style in order to cope with modern F1, and in that regard I doubt we will see the steely champion of past years for some time.

          • TMF (@tmf42) said on 10th June 2014, 11:32

            @william-brierty – I don’t disagree with what you said I just think it’s a one-sided argument resp. it’s an oversimplification – an F1 package has 2 variables, the car and the driver, both need to be adjusted to find the sweet-spot in the middle to maximise results.
            But adjusting your driving style isn’t easy if the setup is still a moving target and you don’t understand the cars feedback completely. Also if you look on Seb’s driving before the EBD era, you’ll see that his strength was always on the throttle (mid-corner and exits). Renault kept introducing big changes on their PU and SW this year and imo, he’s still adjusting to these changes (more sensitive to them) and not yet in a situation where he can optimise his driving.

          • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 10th June 2014, 13:36

            @tmf42 – Yes, but with those two variables, the car and the driver, the resultant performances is designated by how the driver interacts with the car; driving style, and how the car interacts with the driver; setup (plus inherent chassis and tyre characteristics). In the case of Vettel’s former style not fitting the inherent characteristics of the 2014 cars, it appears to be the only theory that covers both of the key determinants of driving style and setup capable of explaining such an emphatic tail off in form.

            You’re right, Vettel is unquestionably not yet in a situation where he is optimized relative to the Renault powertrain, but the question is to what extent. The only theory to my mind that can cope with such a comprehensive fall from domination to being at time lackluster is a fundamental one, and one that will see Vettel have to hit the reset button as a driver, with the subsequent question being whether we will ever see the Vettel of former years again. Vettel has struggled with rear grip in the past, in 2008 he arrived at Silverstone having only outqualified Bourdais half of the time, and in 2012 he arrived at Silverstone behind Webber in the WDC, and not being able to have a neutral car on entry due to rear instability was the culprit on both occasions, but aerodynamic evolution came to his aid. Whilst it will to some extent in 2014, the immense torque of the V6s will be an ever present, and he simply can’t expect to throttle up as early as he has done throughout his career in future. In essence, if Vettel is be successful again in F1 he will need a renewed approach.

    • Keith Campbell (@keithedin) said on 9th June 2014, 12:54

      @william-brierty

      So, Vergne > Vettel? ;) Seriously though, i agree with pretty much everything you’ve said. Although personally i think in the lower teams that qualifying is perhaps a better indicator of the drivers’ speed, because there can be a lot of factors that affect how the races turn out and in particular the points table, which can be fairly irrelevent if the team is only capable of scoring at a few races a year. And in that aspect, Daniel was noticably superior to JEV, apart from in the wet.

      But JEV is consistenly luckless despite performing quite well against his current team-mate in both qualy and races. It wouldn’t surprise me if he was still dropped at the end of the year, which is perhaps “the curse of the Torro Rosso driver”.

      • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 10th June 2014, 10:55

        @keithedin – When quoted the rafts of excellent young drivers careers ruined by a stint at Toro Rosso (Luizzi, Bourdais, Algersuari, JEV?), one must question how well Toro Rosso are engineering their cars; four drivers who excel in other categories but disappoint in F1 is something of a correlation.

  8. Mashiat (@mashiat) said on 9th June 2014, 12:13

    Was Heikki Kovalainen in Hungary 2008 the 100th different winner in F1?

    • Calum (@calum) said on 9th June 2014, 15:15

      100. Kovaleinen (2008 Hungary)
      101. Vettel (2008 Italy)
      102. Webber (2009 Germany)
      103. Rosberg (2012 China)
      104. Maldonado (2012 Spain)
      105. Ricciardo (2014 Canada)

      • Ivanildo lopes said on 9th June 2014, 16:01

        excluding the Indianapolis 500,

        90. Kovaleinen (2008 Hungary)
        91. Vettel (2008 Italy)
        92. Webber (2009 Germany)
        93. Rosberg (2012 China)
        94. Maldonado (Spain 2012)
        95. Ricciardo (Canada 2014)

      • trotter said on 9th June 2014, 16:17

        It’s more or less one new winner per year, which isn’t bad. You can’t expect more than 2 new winners per year, so I suppose we are in a decent form as a sport when it comes to new talent coming through.

      • Ivanildo lopes said on 9th June 2014, 16:48

        you’re right

  9. Hans Herrmann (@twentyseven) said on 9th June 2014, 12:22

    Something I noticed following quali.

    Of the top 3 teams making up the 3 front rows on the grid, the driver who lost to his team mate in Q1 and Q2 ended up beating him in Q3.

  10. Chris (@tqchris12) said on 9th June 2014, 13:00

    This was the first race since Spain 2013 (when Fernando Alonso won for Ferrari) not to feature the German national anthem on the podium for either the winning constructor or driver.

  11. Fixy (@fixy) said on 9th June 2014, 13:19

    When Mercedes were leading every lap I was bored, but now their run has been stopped I’m sad, I like to see unprecedented feats being achieved from time to time. And Felipe was the one who ended one of their records, so that makes me happy!

    • kpcart said on 10th June 2014, 11:32

      I would be happy for Mercedes run of wins, if the stupid engine homologation was not in place. As far as I see it, Redbull have the best car, but are not being rewarded for it because of an inferior engine which they can not work on to reach parity. its a bit artificial this year, where for the first time in many years of modern f1, the team with the best chassis/aero is not winning.

      • Robbie (@robbie) said on 10th June 2014, 17:15

        Again I believe you are completely off the mark here. The engine homologation is just for the engine itself not the turbo or the ERS systems. I don’t believe Renault’s and therefore RBR’s issue is with the engine itself. Nothing is holding them back from working to improve. What is different is that never before has the marriage of PU and chassis been more important, so I don’t think you can claim RBR has the best chassis/aero…Merc does as indicated by their performance. RBR lacks capability in their PU/braking/energy recovery and some have opined from the getgo that AN’s tight packaging for the sake of aero is hurting, and now recently he has admitted his dismay at F1 because it is more about the PU now than about aero. RBR is not being rewarded for having the best car because they don’t have the best car because that requires having the best PU, and the best PU requires the best car around it. And that’s at Mercedes.

  12. Peter Hunter (@holdenv8) said on 9th June 2014, 13:40

    A good, but ultimately lucky win for Dan and RBR. If not for the problems encountered by both Mercs he would likely have finished 3rd. Seb said as much on the podium, while the RB10 and W05 themselves are relatively equal cars, the Merc turbo is currently well ahead of the Renault on power and they simply run away on the straights. It will be interesting to see how things go if Renault are ever able to match the power of the Mercedes PU106A Hybrid engine.

    As an Aussie though it was good to see him get his first win. Lets hope its not his last.

  13. David-A (@david-a) said on 9th June 2014, 13:56

    Ricciardo’s win marks the first time a driver took their first win before their first career pole position since Kimi Raikkonen 11 years ago.

  14. HiPn0tIc (@hipn0tic) said on 9th June 2014, 14:10

    A good win from Ricciardo. He had the merit, although Mercedes had issues, that overtake on Rosberg looked like Mercedes was going backwards…
    But he took the chance, passed Perez, hold Vettel (who again was a bit victim of pit strattegie again). The aussie deserved the victory

  15. Ivan (@wpinrui) said on 9th June 2014, 14:13

    Williams keeps up their record of always scoring either 6 or 10 points in every race this season.

    With 7 pointless races in a row, Sauber are having their longest pointless streak since 1998, where they had 8 pointless races in a row. It is also their worst opening to a season in their entire history, with their next worst start to a season being 2010, during which they did not score in the first 6 rounds.

    Ferrari have finished every race in the season so far with both cars. This is a very good finishing record, especially when compared to other teams – Mercedes, Red Bull, Williams, Lotus and Caterham failed to do this by R1. Force India, Toro Rosso, Marussia and Sauber also failed to do this after R2, and McLaren had a double retirement in R3. On the other hand, Ferrari are the only team to not have recorded a retirement so far in 2014, and are still going stroing.

    Sebastian Vettel has been outraced by Daniel Ricciardo (including DNFs) for five races in a row. This has not happened before in Vettel’s career. In 2009, he was outraced by Mark Webber (including DNFs) for four races in a row.

    After his 5th place, Nico Hulkenberg has become the fourth driver this season to score more points in this season (57 pts) compared to the whole of last season (51 pts). The first driver to do this was Valtteri Bottas, followed by Daniel Ricciardo, and then Jules Bianchi.

    Despite celebrating a new winner and a break in Mercedes dominance, there has not been a constructor other than Mercedes or Red Bull to win a race since the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix.

    • Keith Campbell (@keithedin) said on 9th June 2014, 14:32

      “Ferrari are the only team to not have recorded a retirement so far in 2014, and are still going stroing.”

      Well, they are still going, i’m not sure you can say they are “going strong” ;) Good stats though. Sauber suffering from having one driver too heavy (and unspectacular anyway), and one just lacking talent.

    • Jon said on 9th June 2014, 20:04

      That is great about Ferrari and all, but they are really proving the old “its hard to make a reliable car fast” adage very true. they are sitting in 3rd largely because they keep bringing cars home, not because they are in any way competitive speed wise.

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