Daniel Ricciardo ended Mercedes’ domination of Formula 1 this season by claiming his maiden victory in a thrilling Canadian Grand Prix.
The Red Bull driver jumped the ailing Mercedes of championship leader Nico Rosberg with just two of the 70 laps remaining to claim an unlikely win.
Rosberg nevertheless extended his championship lead by finishing second, as team-mate Lewis Hamilton retired with brake failure.
World champion Sebastian Vettel took third as the race finished under the safety car when Sergio Perez (Force India) and Felipe Massa (Williams) collided spectacularly on the approach to Turn 1 on the penultimate lap as they battled for fourth.
That allowed Jenson Button to rise to an unlikely fourth-placed finish, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India and Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.
A poor race for Ferrari: It was not an easy afternoon for Scuderia Ferrari. Fernando dropped a place to eighth at the start, while Kimi moved up one to ninth. After that the two F14Ts ran one behind the other for a while until the first pit stops. Alonso then closed on the leading group but struggled to make any passing moves because of a lack of top speed, while Raikkonen dropped down to 15th after spinning at the hairpin.
The move into the points for the Ferrari duo came on the final lap when Massa and Perez collided and went out, promoting both men up the order by two places. The next Grand Prix is in Austria in a fortnight.
Final Results: Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1h39m12.830s 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 4. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 5. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 7. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 8. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 9. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 10. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 11. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 12. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 13. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 14. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari Retirements Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 58 laps Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 47 laps Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 45 laps Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 22 laps Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 21 laps Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 6 laps Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 0 laps Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 0 laps Drivers' championship Constructors' championship 1. Nico Rosberg 140 1. Mercedes 258 2. Lewis Hamilton 118 2. Red Bull-Renault 139 3. Daniel Ricciardo 79 3. Ferrari 87 4. Fernando Alonso 69 4. Force India-Mercedes 77 5. Sebastian Vettel 60 5. McLaren-Mercedes 66 6. Nico Hulkenberg 57 6. Williams-Mercedes 58 7. Jenson Button 43 7. Toro Rosso-Renault 12 8. Valtteri Bottas 40 8. Lotus-Renault 8 9. Kevin Magnussen 23 9. Marussia-Ferrari 2 10. Sergio Perez 20 10. Sauber-Ferrari 0 11. Felipe Massa 18 11. Caterham-Renault 0 12. Kimi Raikkonen 18 13. Romain Grosjean 8 14. Jean-Eric Vergne 8 15. Daniil Kvyat 4 16. Jules Bianchi 2
Post-race interview with Kimi
Kimi Raikkonen: “We knew this would not be an easy race, because on this track, we were not fast enough down the straights and we had some problems in the slow corners. On top of that, today I never had a clear track ahead of me, for one reason or another I was always stuck behind other cars. In the beginning I had some problems with the brakes and the handling of my car wasn’t consistent. Then after a few laps, the tyres behaved better, but still with highs and lows. For a lot of laps, I was stuck behind Kvyat’s Toro Rosso and this cost me precious time. Even if at the moment, nothing seems to be going right for us, the new development package has given us more potential and now we must just try and find more consistency.”
Pat Fry: “Tyre degradation had a significant effect on today’s race as did, in more general terms, everything linked to parameters affected by temperature, as today it was, as expected, very hot. The start wasn’t easy, because we were starting from far back and here, it’s almost impossible to overtake. The Safety Car coming out on the opening lap reduced the effect of fuel consumption and then in the second stint, on a clean track, the pace improved, but even so, it was difficult to make up places. Fernando’s first stop saw him get ahead of Vergne in the Toro Rosso, while Kimi lost time behind Kvyat, but in the end, he managed to get past. In the final stint, the group ahead closed up and our pace was very good with Fernando, but it was almost impossible to overtake. We brought some improvements to the F14 T and even though this track did not produce the results we expected, we will continue to work on the development of the car and on this front our approach will not change for the coming races.”
Ferrari lucky to score points – Alonso: “We got some lucky extra points with the DNFs at the end,” Alonso said, when asked by AUTOSPORT if he felt lucky to come away with a top-six finish. “Without the DNFs our positions were probably ninth and 14th. In the first part of the race I was uncomfortable with the balance and we were too slow. In the second part it improved and I was more competitive and I managed to reach the group of front cars, but we were too slow on the straights – that was a little frustrating – I couldn’t pass.”
Alonso came into the weekend hoping to fight Red Bull and said he encountered no real issues with his car in the race, but reckoned it was just too slow to have finished any higher.
“Today I had no problems, everything was perfectly OK in the race,” Alonso added. “We had some issues with the battery and the KERS – we had to turn it up and down again – but this was just something we will need to fix. It only happened in this race, never before, so I don’t think we should be too worried. Even when we turned it up, everything worked OK, but we’re just too slow in the straights.”
“It was a difficult race,” Raikkonen admitted.
“We were stuck behind people and had some brake issues in the beginning.
“Then I spun. The same happened in practice one. For some reason we seemed to get a kick suddenly [from the engine] and I spun.
“Every time I came out of a pitstop there always seemed to be people in front of me.
“In the end the car felt a bit better and was fast. But it was just difficult.”
From somewhere Kimi Raikkonen set second fastest lap right at the end, despite not having particularly fresh tyres
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