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Dan's The Man As Silver Arrows Fall Short



31 MAR - 03 APR 2016


Round 7 of 19


Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal

Who was on Pole?

Nico Rosberg • Mercedes • 1:14.874 = 209.680 km/h
Rosberg’s seventh F1 pole
Seventh straight Mercedes pole of 2014 and third for Rosberg this year
Fourth Mercedes front row lock-out of the season and third in a row

Who won?

Dan the Man’s first Grand Prix victory in his 57th start
He is the fourth Australian to win a World Championship race
The first non-Mercedes victory of 2014
The first win by a Renault turbo engine since Detroit 1986

Who took all the points?

1st (25) Ricciardo • Red Bull Renault • 1hr 39m 12.830s
2nd (18) Rosberg • Mercedes
3rd (15) Vettel • Red Bull Renault
4th (12) Button • McLaren Mercedes
5th (10) Hulkenberg • Force India Mercedes
6th (8) Alonso • Ferrari
7th (6) Bottas • Williams Mercedes
8th (4) Vergne • Toro Rosso Renault
9th (2) Magnussen • McLaren Mercedes
10th (1) Raikkonen • Ferrari

Who got Fastest Lap:

Massa • Williams Mercedes • 1:18.504 = 199.984 km/h on lap 58

Race Highlights

For Australian viewers: Ricciardo’s pass on Perez with three laps to go, opening up the door for the Aussie’s easy lunge past Rosberg to take the race lead with two laps remaining. “I finally got a run out of the last chicane,” said Ricciardo, “made a nice move on Sergio into Turn 1 and set my sights on Nico…” He was able to savour the moment as a last-lap Safety Car was deployed following a huge accident between Massa and Perez that thankfully left both drivers unharmed.

In general, Montreal produced another thrilling race on the weekend when it announced a 10-year extension to one of the most popular events on the F1 calendar. To start with, if you had been told before the race that two cars starting with ‘M’ would take each other out on lap one you’d probably have thought ‘Hamilton and Rosberg’. While the two of them came perilously close on Turn 1, in fact it was the two Marussias of Chilton and Bianchi which clashed at Turns 3-4, eliminating both and triggering a Safety Car for eight laps. “Not happy,” said Chilton, claiming his teammate braked too late, turned in on him and there was nothing he could do. It was a sad contrast to Marussia’s first-ever points finish in Monaco.

As the restarted race settled down and another Mercedes 1-2 loomed, both Hamilton and then Rosberg complained of a loss of power just past half-distance. They were told it couldn’t be resolved (the problem was with the MGU-K, the one that harvests energy from braking) and their scrap for the win turned into a battle for survival. Hamilton lost it, trailing in after 48 laps for his second DNF of the season.

Rosberg struggled on – he had already survived an investigation for cutting the chicane under extreme pressure from his teammate at one-third distance – but was powerless to resist the exuberant Ricciardo’s late surge to the line. “That was a big battle all the way through,” said a relieved Rosberg, who had to ask his race engineer where he had finished as the closing stages of the race were so hectic.

Williams sniffed glory when Massa briefly led at the 45-lap stage, then dropped back to fifth after a late call for a second stop. The Brazilian embarked on a chase for the podium that ended in disaster: an ill-judged dive at the first chicane took him and Sergio Perez – driving a brilliant one-stopper for Force India – out with just three laps to go. Teammate Hulkenberg also one-stopped to a fine fifth place to maintain his 100% scoring record in 2014.

Drive of the Day

How can we nominate anyone other than Daniel? He was disappointed with a ‘scrappy’ final run in Q3, ending up sixth on the grid, but bided his time beautifully in the race, passed Vettel at their second stops and was right there to take advantage when the race opened up in the final 20 laps. But an honourable mention has to go to Perez…

Who’s leading?

1 Rosberg - 140 points
2 Hamilton - 118 points
3 Ricciardo 79 points
4 Alonso 69 points
5 Vettel 60 points
6 Hulkenberg 57 points

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team have 258 points, Infiniti Red Bull Racing 139 points and Scuderia Ferrari 87 points.

Quote of the weekend

“I’m a Grand Prix winner! I think it still seems a bit surreal to be honest, just because it all happened so quickly at the end. I was third for a while and then it all happened in a really exciting fashion. Once I got past Perez I knew I just had to drive clean and get in Rosberg’s DRS zone and from then on it was just awesome. Finishing under the Safety Car made it a bit weird but I wanted to make sure the two drivers who were in the accident were okay before I started celebrating.”

Dan Ricciardo comes to terms with a life-changing experience…

To underline the popularity Ricciardo already enjoys, let’s add two more comments from men who have raced with and against him:
“Big congratulations to Daniel – I’m a big fan of his, he’s a great guy, and he’s obviously got the skills. Your first grand prix victory is always very special, so very well done to him.”
Jenson Button of McLaren

“First of all I would like to congratulate Daniel for his victory. This is the first but I’m sure it won’t be the last. He is a fantastic guy, a very fast driver and I feel great respect for him. Well done Daniel!”
Jean-Eric Vergne, Dan’s former teammate at Toro Rosso

Where do we go next? To Austria for Round 8 at the Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, on June 22

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