Horner: Ricciardo fully deserved Canada win
10 June 2014 – Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner believes Daniel Ricciardo 'fully deserved' to win the Canadian Grand Prix last weekend and he has said the Australian has been 'phenomenal' since joining the team over the winter.
Some questioned the decision last September to promote the 24-year-old, especially as 2007 F1 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen was also an option.
However, Ricciardo has more than proved the doubters wrong this season and he got to stand on the podium for the third race in succession in Montreal, off the back of two P3 finishes in Monaco and Spain.
"An amazing race today and what an amazing race for Daniel to win his first Grand Prix. He's been phenomenal since he joined the team and I think today he fully deserved the victory," Horner confirmed.
"We benefitted from the misfortune of Mercedes, but nonetheless he still had to be there and his pass on [Sergio] Pérez was the deciding moment in the last ten laps," Horner added.
"He was then able to make an easy pass on Nico [Rosberg] with a couple of laps to go and to win in Montreal, against all expectation, was a phenomenal result.
"Well done to everyone in the team and at Renault for the first win of the season – it's a great result and a great motivation for the forthcoming races."
Horner also noted that it was an 'added bonus' having Sebastian Vettel up on the podium as well in third place.
"That tops off a perfect day," he concluded.