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Daniel Ricciardo wins one of the most spectacular Formula One races in recent years

Published by on Jun 9, 2014 in Motorsport Leave a comment

Daniel Ricciardo Canada 2014

The 2014 Canadian Grand Prix offered what many see as one of the most spectacular recent races, after Mercedes ended their streak of wins due to both drivers having brake problems. Also, the small time gaps between the leading drivers generated several tense moments and overtakes in the last five laps, plus a major crash that spiced things up.

With both drivers starting from the first two spots, it looked like this was about to become another easy race for Mercedes, especially after Rosberg and Hamilton’s great start. The German held his lead despite Hamilton’s better start, but in the middle of the race, both drivers reported break problems and started going 2-3 seconds slower than the rest. Given the situation, Hamilton passed Rosbger after the second pit stop, but a few laps later he lost control of the car in the L’Epingle corner, tried to catch up on the Casino straight but was forced to cut the chicane so Rosberg was once again race leader. After a few laps, the Brit’s brake seriously malfunctioned and Hamilton was forced to retire from the race.

At one point, Rosberg had a 23-second lead, but began losing time when the brake problems showed up and was soon caught up by Sergio Perez and the two Red Bull drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel. Force India was in the fight for a place on the podium after a better strategy, with the Mexican being among the last to make its pit stop for tire change. However, Perez was unable to challenge Rosberg, even though the German’s driving was obviously affected by the technical problems.

With just five laps to go, Ricciardo finally attacked Perez, after previously passing his team mate, Vettel, following the second pit stop. The Australian was now in second position and a few laps later, in the 68th lap, managed to overtake Rosberg for the lead, after using the DRS system on the Casino straight. During the final lap, Vettel also passed Perez in the last chicane and the Mexican also lost the fourth place due to an error by Felipe Massa. The Brazilian was in the position of fighting for a top spot after a great pit stop strategy and after passing Valtteri Bottas, his team mate, he charged Perez in the last lap, right after Vettel’s successful challenge. However, the Williams driver touched Perez, the two lost control of the cars and after narrowly missing Vettel, both crashed. The two drivers were forced to retire and the race ended with the Safety Car on the track and with a podium made of Ricciardo, Rosberg and Vettel.

The events from the final laps surprisingly brought a fourth place for Jenson Button, which is the best result for McLaren since the first race of the season, the Australian Grand Prix. The Brit finished ahead of Niko Hulkenberg, one of the few drivers that started with soft tires and despite not being a threat for the leading group, the German finished 5th.

Ferrari drivers were almost non-existent during this race, with Fernando Alonso being anonymous and Kimi Raikkonen standing out only through a driving error in the L’Epingle corner. Alonso finished 6th, ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Torro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne. Kevin Magnussen came in 9th, while Raikkonen claimed the last available point. Perez and Massa “finished” the race 11th and 12th, ahead of Adrian Sutil from Sauber and Esteban Gutierrez who retired with five laps to go, so it was considered he finished the race. All the other eight driver were forced to retire.

The best lap was set Massa, which took the 58th lap in 1:18:504.

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