Daniel Ricciardo scored a sensational maiden Formula One grand prix victory as the wheels finally came off the Mercedes juggernaut in Canada. On yet another captivating day for the sport this season, the race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was a classic, with rising Red Bull star Ricciardo ending Mercedes’ run of six consecutive wins, and five straight one-twos.
Nico Rosberg managed to nurse his car home into second place to open up a 22-point lead over team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who was forced to retire with a brake failure after 47 of the 70 laps.
While, the second Red Bull car driven by four-time world champion and defending Canadian Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel came in third.
Ricciardo, the Aussie driver remembered to save some champagne from the post-race podium celebration to spray on his race engineer, Toronto native Gavin Ward.
The race ended under a caution flag after a spectacular crash involving Sergio Perez’s Force India car and Felipe Massa’s Williams. They narrowly missed taking Vettel out. Both drivers appeared unhurt as they got out of their cars on their own. They were checked out by track doctors, then had further tests at Sacre-Coeur Hospital and were released.
Race stewards found Perez at fault for the crash and penalized him five grid positions at the next race.
The Red Bull team ruled F1 as Vettel won the last four championships, but a switch to more fuel-efficient turbo engines this year saw Mercedes emerge with what looked like an unbeatable car.
Mercedes AMG won the first six races of the season, with Lewis Hamilton winning four and Rosberg taking two. They had finished one-two in the five previous races.
The final running order from F1:
1 D Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 1hr 39mins 12.830secs
2 N Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes GP 1:39:17.066
3 S Vettel (Ger) Red Bull 1:39:18.077
4 J Button (GB) McLaren 1:39:24.585,
5 N Hulkenberg (Ger) Force India 1:39:25.673
6 F Alonso (Sp) Ferrari 1:39:27.699
7 V Bottas (Fin) Williams 1:39:36.408
8 J-E Vergne (Fr) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:39:40.856
9 K Magnussen (Den) McLaren 1:39:42.084
10 K Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:40:06.508
11 S Perez (Mex) Force India at 1 Lap;
12 F Massa (Br) Williams at 1 Lap;
13 A Sutil (Ger) Sauber-Ferrari at 1 Lap;
14 E Gutierrez (Mex) Sauber-Ferrari at 6 Laps.
Not Classified: 15 R Grosjean (Fr) Lotus F1 Team 59 Laps completed; 16 D Kvyat (Rus) Scuderia Toro Rosso 47 Laps completed; 17 L Hamilton (GB) Mercedes GP 46 Laps completed; 18 K Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham 23 Laps completed; 19 P Maldonado (Ven) Lotus F1 Team 21 Laps completed; 20 M Ericsson (Swe) Caterham 7 Laps completed; 21 M Chilton (GB) Marussia 0 Laps completed; 22 J Bianchi (Fr) Marussia 0 Laps completed.