Ricciardo takes first win amid Montreal drama
8 June 2014 – Daniel Ricciardo claimed his maiden Formula 1 victory during Sunday afternoon's Canadian Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver pulled a late move on Mercedes rival Nico Rosberg to take the chequered flag first, while team-mate Sebastian Vettel completed the podium after a massive final lap crash between Sergio Pérez and Felipe Massa. Lewis Hamilton's title challenge took a blow as he retired due to a brake issue.
As the lights went out, there were the first signs of trouble for Mercedes, with Rosberg pushing Hamilton wide at Turn 1, allowing Vettel to slip past.
After an early Safety Car period, sparked when Marussia drivers Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi collided upon entry to the Turn 3/4 chicane, Hamilton was able to dispose of Vettel, restoring a Silver Arrows one-two.
Rosberg held a steady advantage over Hamilton throughout the opening Super Soft-shod stint, but the German began to struggle after the first round of pit-stops, when the pair switched to the Soft compound.
Hamilton forced Rosberg into an error soon after, with the German gaining time by cutting the final chicane.
Although Rosberg ultimately avoided a penalty, drama struck as both Mercedes cars began to lose power, allowing the field to slash their massive lead and move back into the mix at the next round of pit-stops.
Both drivers fell behind the Williams of Massa when they dived into the pits, with Hamilton crucially jumping Rosberg. But Hamilton's race was run on the next lap, as his car developed a terminal brake problem.
When Massa peeled in, Rosberg took the lead but continued to struggle with his own technical issues. This allowed Pérez and the Red Bull drivers to close in and form what was a four-way battle for the victory.
On fresher tyres, Massa soon brought himself back into contention, latching on to the back of the leading pack. While the Brazilian overtook Vettel, Ricciardo found a way past Pérez, and set about hunting down Rosberg.
Ricciardo's decisive move came with just over a lap to spare, using DRS to pass Rosberg on the back straight.
And it was all over just moments later when, having lost a position to Vettel, Pérez went side-by-side with Massa along the start/finish straight, the pair dramatically banging wheels and sliding uncontrollably into the barriers.
With the Safety Car out, Ricciardo had a clear route to his first Formula 1 win, ahead of Rosberg and Vettel.
Jenson Button benefitted from the carnage to take fourth, ahead of Nico Hülkenberg and Fernando Alonso.
Valtteri Bottas slipped to seventh amid late brake problems, while Jean-Éric Vergne, Kevin Magnussen and Kimi Räikkönen took the final points. The sidelined Pérez and Massa narrowly missed out in 11th and 12th.
In terms of the championship battle, Rosberg now holds a 22-point advantage over team-mate Hamilton.
The seventh round of the 2014 Formula 1 season takes place in Austria from June 20-22