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GP Week : Issue 203
The unhappiness following his Melbourne disqualification can now officially be forgotten – Daniel Ricciardo has joined the F1 winners’ club. ultimately, Ricciardo was able to benefit most from Mercedes’ double-whammy Power unit problems and pass Nico Rosberg with two laps to go. But it hadn’t been easy at all getting to that point. Having qualified just sixth – albeit half a tenth away from Vettel in third – Daniel pitted two laps earlier than Vettel first time around, then a lap later for the mid-race second stop. That was crucial as he made the undercut and came out ahead of his superstar team-mate. The big move, though, was the pass on Perez into second, and from there it was just a matter of time: “I’m a Grand Prix winner! I think it still seems a bit surreal to be honest, just because it all happened so quickly at the end. I was third for a while and then it all happened in a really exciting fashion. Once I got past Perez I knew I just had to drive clean and get in Rosberg’s DRs zone and, from then on, it was just awesome. “We achieved a great result today with first and third - so let’s enjoy it - but we will still have some work to do also. This will motivate the guys to work even harder and find even more, so I’m sure it will keep coming even better for us at the next few races.” For his part, Vettel appeared to have wanted the team to try something a little different in the strategy stakes: “Congratulations to Daniel for his first win, which is very, very special, so I’m happy for him and happy for the team, especially after such a horrible winter. It’s nice to be able to finally break through to get a win this year and capitalise on Mercedes having a problem. I think we could have taken more risk with the strategy today - but it’s hard to know exactly what was going on around me when I’m not sitting on the pit wall. We have developed the car a lot this year, so we are going in the right direction, but we need to develop it even more for the straights, so there is still a lot of work ahead of us.” Team boss Christian Horner was effusive in his praise of Ricciardo’s drive: “He’s been phenomenal since he joined the team and I think today he fully deserved the victory. We benefitted from the misfortune of Mercedes but, nonetheless, he still had to be there and his pass on Perez was the deciding moment in the last 10 laps. He was then able to make an easy pass on Nico with a couple of laps to go and to win in Montreal, against all expectation, was a phenomenal result.” What goes around ... 28 GPWEEK.com // 28 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> CANADA PARTNERS: