Canadian F1 Grand Prix 2014 Results: Winner, Standings, Highlights and Reaction
Rosberg took second place ahead of Sebastian Vettel, while Hamilton was forced to retire from the race with problems in his rear brakes, a disastrous result for his world title hopes. Ricciardo's victory marked the first time this season Mercedes didn't take the top spot at the end of a race.
Hamilton had the quickest start and nearly overtook his teammate in the very first corner, but Rosberg held his position on the inside and forced the Englishman off the track, losing his second spot to Sebastian Vettel.
The safety car had to come out immediately, as the two Marussia cars collided in the fourth corner, forcing both drivers to end their Grand Prix prematurely.
Stuck behind Vettel's slower Red Bull for a handful of laps, Hamilton lost precious seconds on his teammate Rosberg, but after overtaking the defending World Champion in Lap 11, the comeback was on.
Hamilton came to within a second of his teammate before both were forced to make their first pit stop, with the bulk of the drivers now making the switch from super soft to soft tires.
Fighting for the lead, Rosberg locked up and was forced to cut the chicane as he had his teammate next to him, but race officials found no issues with his move, claiming the German didn't gain an advantage. Blogging for the BBC, David Coulthard disagreed:
It's a simple question the stewards have to answer: has he gained an advantage? He hasn't gained a position, but he has gained some time.
The lap he (Rosberg) missed the chicane was his fastest, so it's quite clear he did gain a time advantage. But the stewards have spoken and Lewis will have to do it on the track.
The race seemed like it would be yet another battle of the Mercedes cars, but in Lap 38, both drivers reported issues with power on the team radio. Hamilton and Rosberg were suddenly lapping three seconds slower than before, and the rest of the pack started to gain.
Engineers frantically started to look for solutions with both drivers confused over what was going on, but after 10 minutes of crunching data, the message for the Mercedes duo was simple—no one knew what was wrong, and they couldn't fix it during the race.
Six laps later, Hamilton hit his brakes very late battling Rosberg in the chicane, and smoke was visible on the right side of the car. While it initially looked like a puncture, Hamilton reported he had lost power in his brakes, and the Englishman was forced to retire.
Rosberg still held the lead, but Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were gaining on the German by more than a second. Force India's Sergio Perez's was the main driver closest to Rosberg, but employing a one-stop tactic, his lap times were slightly slower than those of the Red Bulls and Alonso, giving hope to Rosberg.
The superior power of the Williams and Force India cars was evident, and on Canada's long straits, such an advantage is a powerful one. Massa's march on the top four had Vettel and Ricciardo defending their lead rather than attacking Perez, with Rosberg still in front.
Perez lost braking power with four laps left and Ricciardo took advantage to move into second, while Rosberg was once again lapping under 1:20:00, holding a 1.2-second advantage over the young Australian.
Ricciardo opened up his assault in Lap 68 and took the lead on his very first try, just the second non-Mercedes driver all year to find himself at the front of the race.
Vettel passed Perez in the final lap and Massa tried to take advantage of the Mexican's lack of braking power, but contact sent both cars into the wall in a horrific crash, putting both Red Bull drivers on the podium.
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Updated Driver Standings
The updated standings for the driver's championship following the conclusion of the Canadian Grand Prix, via Formula1.com:
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Australian||Red Bull Racing-Renault||79|
|5||Sebastian Vettel||German||Red Bull Racing-Renault||60|
|6||Nico Hulkenberg||German||Force India-Mercedes||57|
|10||Sergio Perez||Mexican||Force India-Mercedes||20|
Updated Team Standings
Here's how the standings for the constructor's championship look after the Canadian Grand Prix, via Formula1.com:
The safety car was forced to come out in the very first lap following the collision between the two Marussia cars, and Max Chilton was very frustrated with the actions of teammate Jules Bianchi, whom he blamed for the crash, as he told the BBC:
I am not happy. I had a mega start on turns one and two and we were side-by-side into three. I was a half, three-quarters down on the inside and braked when I knew I could get through the corner.
To my surprise he braked even later and turned in. I feel really sorry for the team because it looks like there has been a lot of damage to the two cars but there wasn't a lot I could have done. I was not going to back out of it just because he is my team-mate.
Ricciardo was understandably ecstatic with the win, as he told Canadian racing legend Jean Alesi:
I am still a bit in shock. Thanks everyone. This is ridiculous. There are lots of Australian flags, which is nice. The race really came to life for the last 15-20 laps.
Hamilton had a problem and Rosberg was slow down the straights. I really struggled to get past Perez but managed to finally get a run out of the last chicane and get a nice run out of turn one and set my sights on Nico with couple of laps to go. I finally managed to get in the right spot to use DRS and it's an amazing feeling right now.
Rosberg tried to explain what happened to his car and how it affected the race:
We had a problem at the pit stop and that is why I dropped behind.
Then I lost a lot of power in the straights but it did not quite work out. I couldn't hold off Daniel Ricciardo.
Sebastian Vettel praised his young teammate and the engineers at Renault, who have been busy working on the much-maligned new engine:
Congratulations to Daniel. It's his day. We had a big help from Mercedes, unlike other weekends, but we were there to capitalise. It's been a positive day.
Daniel's first win and a first win for Renault in the new era of engines. They have had a good comeback although there is still plenty of work ahead of us because Mercedes are quicker down the straight. But all in all it's been a good day.
Winners in Canada
You never forget your first. Ricciardo didn't just grab his first=ever career Grand Prix win—he became the first non-Mercedes driver to stand in the middle of the podium following a race in 2014. The young Australian was already enjoying a fine season and impressed during the Monaco GP, and this win is but confirmation of what we already knew: This kid has a bright future.
Criticism of Red Bull's underperforming Renault engines will be a little more quiet this week with both Vettel and Ricciardo finishing on the podium. No team has looked more shell-shocked by Mercedes' dominance until this point, and to grab the win on a track as fast as Montreal's is truly spectacular.
Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa were both involved in a crash that looked particularly nasty in the final lap, but according to the BBC, both are okay. While both racers will be disappointed at losing out on a potential top-three finish, the fact they're okay makes them winners in my book.
Losers in Canada
We could talk about Team Marussia's race being over before it ever began, but after losing 18 precious points to teammate Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton is easily the biggest loser following the Canadian Grand Prix.
Both drivers lost power in the same lap, but with a 25-second advantage on the rest of the field, the Englishman decided to open up the attack anyhow. At first glance there looked to be some contact in the chicane that could have led to a puncture, but on further review, Hamilton's loss of braking power in the rear wasn't caused by any form of contact.
Rosberg complained about the exact same issues and his car looked like a ticking time bomb, but it never went off. On the contrary, his lap times improved as he got closer to the finish line, and a second-place finish opens up a big gap at the top of the standings.
The season is far from over, but following Hamilton's second unfinished race this season, a lack of points on one of his favourite tracks could be the deciding factor at the end of this campaign.