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GP Week : Issue 203
21 GPWEEK.com // 21 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: As some readers will know, while GPWeeK is uK-based, it is put together, in a 'production' sense, in Australia. Australia has been a happy place to be today! Even the most ardent and informed Aussie F1 fan, never mind the footy-loving punters out there, can hardly believe what they've been witnessing with the Daniel Ricciardo Show. Yeah, we thought he was pretty good; yeah, it was going to take time to settle into the opposite side of the garage from the four-times champion ... all that. But it's hard to actually rationalise what we've been seeing. The latest instalment, as Dan clocked up his first win, was as impressive as any ofhis efforts so far. Yes, the Mercs had to wilt for it to happen, but someone had to be there to grab the opportunity and, as the Aussie media clamoured today, 'Our Dan' was the man. And, as people noticed once they'd regained their composure, he did it starting from behind his team-mate. Another notch on an already impressive belt. It's a big week in Australian motorsport which, like our hockey teams (really?) is enjoying some up-beat success at the mo. Our football team qualified for the World Cup, but we're not expecting a lot from the boys in Brazil, so this may just be the moment for motorsport to grab the sort of column inches rarely devoted in a land where bat and ball games rule. GPWEEK's F1 news editor was even summonsed in the early hours to hasten on down to the national TV broadcaster's studios for some live on-air discussion. We love a winner in Oz. Hot on the heels of Daniel's well-taken win comes a slightly more sombre occasion, on Wednesday, when Sir Jack Brabham will be farewelled via a State funeral. I say slightly more, because I think Jack's farewell will be one of upbeat acknowledgement of a life well-lived. Shame he missed Dan's win, but I'm pretty sure what he'd be thinking ... And of course, next weekend, our recently-retired F1 star, Mark Webber, takes on Le Mans for the first time since the horrors of 1999. Yes, as they say here, when too much motorsport is barely enough. Calming down a little, aside from the euphoria of Daniel Ricciardo's success, the Canadian Grand Prix may well prove to be a critical day in the destination of the 2014 Drivers World Championship. I'm no particular Nico Rosberg fan, but I thought his handling of the dire situation which had taken out his team-mate, getting his car to the finish by effectively putting all the brake bias to the front, to relieve the over-worked rears (thanks to the loss of ERS), and only lose one spot, was brilliant. They do say Nico has a little more technical background than many and, on this occasion, that mechanical sympathy and understanding may just have swung momentum his way – certainly he again has a healthy points lead over Lewis. But let's not worry about all that too much – that's to come. Today, it's just a great day to be Australian ... GREAT DAY TO bE OR STRAYLIAN OPINION OPINION CHRIS LAMBDEN