MONTREAL, Canada – Daniel Ricciardo had only one word to say after Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix Formula One race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
“Wow!” was Ricciardo’s radio response to his crew after the Infiniti Red Bull Racing rookie captured a stirring upset win.
Ricciardo passed Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg on the penultimate after Rosberg began losing power. Losing was something Mercedes wasn’t used to prior to Canada: Ricciardo’s victory snapped Mercedes’ six-wins-in-six-races start to the season.
Rosberg’s teammate, Lewis Hamilton, retired due to brake failure, so Rosberg – who also won the pole – stretched his point lead to 22 over Hamilton.
The afternoon in Montreal, however, belonged to Ricciardo. His teammate, four-time defending World Champion Sebastian Vettel, finished third and still awaits his first win of the year.
The wait was short for Ricciardo.
He qualified fifth and appeared to be content to ride behind the Mercedes drivers and Vettel early.
Once Rosberg radioed to his crew that he was losing speed on the straights in the race’s later stages, Ricciardo – who had steadily worked his way to the front of the field – made his move.
“I’m still in a bit of shock,” Ricciardo said. “This is ridiculous. The race really came to life the last 15-20 laps. We saw Hamilton had a problem and we saw Rosberg was slow on the straights. I just found myself in the right spot. It’s an amazing feeling. I’m really grateful for this.”
Jenson Button finished fourth to lead McLaren. Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg was fifth.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, Williams’ Valtteri Bottas, Toro Rosso’s Jean Eric Vergne, McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen and Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) completed the point-scoring top 10.
The Grand Prix finished under caution after Williams’ Felipe Massa and Force India’s Sergio Perez crashed approaching the finish.