Ricciardo takes his first F1 win in Canada

Sun Jun 8, 2014 5:29pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Australian Daniel Ricciardo celebrated his first Formula One victory on Sunday in a Canadian Grand Prix that put Red Bull back on top of the podium and dealt Mercedes a first defeat of the season.

An afternoon of high drama at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve ended behind the safety car after Brazilian Felipe Massa's Williams smashed into the back of Sergio Perez's Force India as they entered the final lap.

Ahead of them, Ricciardo cruised to the chequered flag with championship leader Nico Rosberg second for Mercedes after starting on pole position in what turned out to be a thriller in Montreal.

Last year's winner Sebastian Vettel, the quadruple world champion, was third for Red Bull.

"I'm still a bit in shock," beamed Ricciardo from the podium, where he was interviewed by 1995 Canadian GP winner Jean Alesi. "It's an amazing feeling right now."

Rosberg still stretched his lead to 22 points after team mate Lewis Hamilton, his closest rival, retired with a rear brake problem.

"It's been a decent weekend and the points are important so I'm definitely pleased with that," said Rosberg, who won two weeks ago in Monaco. He and Hamilton had fought wheel-to-wheel, their cars touching at the hairpin on lap 46, before the 2008 world champion suffered his second blank in seven races.

"This has been a good track for me, so to come here and not finish is sad for the team but we’ve got many more races ahead of us, so let’s hope that there’s more fortune coming in the future," said Hamilton.   Continued...

Third place finisher Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (L) sprays teammate and winner Red Bull Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia after the Canadian F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal June 8, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Wattie