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Ricciardo takes surprise win in Canada

2014-06-08 21:52

HOORAY! Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo took his first win for the season at the 2014 Canadian GP on Sunday. Image: AFP/TOM GANDOLFINI

JANINE-LEE GORDON

MONTREAL, Canada - Happy days for Red Bull as Ricciardo took his first win for the 2014 season with Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg second and Sebastian Vettel third.

McLaren’s Jenson Button was, surprisingly, fourth after a fairly quiet race.

What started as looking like another Mercedes-dominated race saw a surprise turn of events with several crashes, race abandonments and hard battles to the end after an exciting start with a fight for the lead and a crash on Lap 1 that brought out the safety car for several laps and a restart.

MARUSSIA CARS OUT

Hamilton got the better start but could not hold team mate Nico Rosberg who took an inside line and the lead as Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel went past too.  Hamilton was also forced to open up his steering or he just might of taken himself and Rosberg out.

Max Chilton over-steered and caused Jules Bianchi to crash onthe opening lap, taking both Marussia cars out of the race. Chilton later said that Bianchi was to blame as he had braked late and had not seen his team mate.

The safety car was still out on Lap 6 due to debris on the track and marshals were battling to get Chilton’s car off the track.

A restart was at Lap 8 with Rosberg jumping far ahead and Vettel holding on tight to second but Hamilton regained the position on Lap 10.

Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson was also out on Lap 11. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was the first to come into the pitson Lap 14, indicating a two-stop strategy. McLaren’s Jenson Button came in on Lap 15 to change to soft tyres. Vettel and Torro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne came in for their stop too.

Seemed as though that was the plan for most of the teams as the pits lane was very busy during the next couple of laps.

TYRE STRATEGIES

Ferrari’s strategy was to get Fernando Alonso into the pits early as it got him ahead of Vergne back in the race. Race leader Nico Rosberg came in to change his supersofts on Lap 19 giving Hamilton the lead; he Rosberg then almost took himself out as he had a big slide after going over a kerb too hard.

Hamilton lost the lead to Rosberg after his pit stop. Force India’s Sergio Perez was third at Lap 23 while Lotus’ Pastor Maldonado came in to the pits with a problem with his car once again.

On Lap 24 Vettel radioed to his team that he was “struggling to get by” after a nifty pass by Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg. Caterham’s Kamui Kobayashi abandoned the race after encountering a problem with his car.

Rosberg had a lock-up on Lap 26 causing another incident which needed some skill from both Mercedes drivers to avoid a crash. By Lap 32 the team told Rosberg he needed to save fuel when Hamilton was only .05sec off his pace.

Williams’ Valterri Bottas reported a tyre temperature problem after coming out of the pits, something the team had been working very hardto fix.

POWER LOSS

Hamilton reported a loss of power on Lap 37 over the team radio giving Rosberg a further lead but then he reported the same problem on Lap 38.

Williams’ Felipe Massa then went a whole three seconds faster than the Merc duo on his new tyres on Lap 39. By Lap 40 Hamilton was still chasing Rosberg albeit a few seconds slower, but still 22sec ahead of third-placed Hulkenberg.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen had a bit of a spin out on Lap 41. Rosberg came in for a pit stop at Lap 45, giving Massa a lead on Lap 46 as Hamilton pitted too.

Merc’s star wars had a bit of duel again through Turn 10 as they fought for second with Hamilton reporting a brake issue. He then pitted again on Lap 48 and retired. Rosberg regained the lead and was told to look after his brakes and that his “team mate has a problem with the important thing to finish the race now”. This gave Perez and Ricciardo a definite chance for the podium.

Torro Rosso’s Daniil Kyvat also bowed out of the race on Lap 49.

On Lap 53 Red Bull said to Ricciardo over the radio "Daniel, what do you think is the most likely place for a pass. We'll work out the energy."

Massa, on fresher tyres, was trying to regain position further up in fifth place, flying right behind the  Vettel in fourth. Bottas has been told to manage his car’s temperatures. Perez reported bad brakes on Lap 67 while Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez pitted and ended his race too.

Ricciardo took a surprise pass of the race leader Rosberg on Lap 69 with Massa taking a hard crash, taking out Perez as well on Lap 70. What a race!

Result from the 2014 Canadian GP
1 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 1hr39:12.830
2 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes +4.236
3 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull +5.247
4 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren +11.755
5 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India +12.843
6 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari +14.869
7 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams +23.578
8 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso +28.026
9 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren +29.254
10 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari +53.678
11 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India +1 lap
12 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams +1 lap
13 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber -+1 lap
14 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber +6 laps

Retired
Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - Renault (9 laps)
Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso - Renault (21 laps)
Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes (23 laps)
Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham - Renault (46 laps)
Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus - Renault (48 laps)
Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham - Renault (62 laps)
Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia - Ferrari (70 laps)
Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia - Ferrari (70 laps)

Fastest lap: Felipe Massa - 1min18.504, Lap 58.

Drivers' and Constructors' points
Drivers
1 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes - 140
2 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes - 118
3 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - 79
4 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari - 69
5 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull - 60
6 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India - 57
7 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren - 43
8 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams - 40
9 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren - 23
10 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - 20
11 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams - 18
12 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari - 18
13 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - 8
14 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - 8
15 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso - 4
16 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia - 2
17 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber - 0
18 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham - 0
19 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber - 0
20 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia - 0
21 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham - 0
22 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus - 0

Constructors
1 Mercedes - 258
2 Red Bull - 139
3 Ferrari - 87
4 Force India - 77
5 McLaren - 66
6 Williams - 58
7 Toro Rosso - 12
8 Lotus - 8
9 Marussia - 2
10 Sauber - 0
11 Caterham - 0
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