F1 2014 – Canadian Grand Prix
Formula One, 08 Jun, Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve
Best Race Team Red Bull
Best Quali Team Mercedes
8 DNF's of 22 starters
* indicates fastest lap
Qualifying - The Grid
The Canadian Grand Prix got underway with a seemingly clean start, Lewis Hamilton got off the line well and started to challenge team-mate Nico Rosberg into turn one. Hamilton was forced wide allowing the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel to take the place into second place.
After their first points success in Monaco two weeks ago, Canada brought a contrasting fortune. As the cars made their way through to turn three and four where the Marussia of Max Chilton stepped sideways into team-mate Jules Bianchi. Both cars were ripped from the race bringing out the safety car to clean up the wreckage.
As the safety car pulled in the Mercedes cars took off in usual fashion, third place Hamilton was held up for a few laps before clearing Vettel where both Mercedes cars continued to pull away from the pack.
Around the half way point in the race Hamilton started to close in on Rosberg, as Hamilton came into the DNS range on Rosberg and started to make clear gains on the back straight, Rosberg locked up into the final chicane and made clear gains on the run-off area ensuring the gap remained between the team-mates.
In a strange turn, both of the Mercedes cars hit the strange issue with the KERS unit failing. As both cars struggled for pace – sometimes several seconds slower than the chasing pack – it was Lewis Hamilton who’s car overheated the brakes in the hot air of leading Rosberg. Hamilton’s brakes eventually failed completely mid-fight with Rosberg.
The issues for Mercedes launched an offensive from the chasing pack lead by the Williams of Felipe Massa followed by Sergio Perez, Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel.
Force India had managed to defy Pirelli’s expectations and were able to pull off a one stop strategy with Sergio Perez even managing 35 laps on the super-soft tyres. Both cars were noticeably slower than the cars behind them but continued to hold track position. With each car at the front of a train of four cars it was a matter of time before the following cars eventually broke through.
As Sergio Perez ran in third place he finally conceded ground to Daniel Ricciardo into the first corner. In the closing laps Ricciardo managed to catch up to the limping Mercedes of Rosberg and pass him under DRS putting him in pole position for his first ever win.
It was as Sebastian Vettel made his way through in the following laps that Felipe Massa’s Williams looked for an opportunity to pass. Into turn one Perez broke early seemingly catching Massa unaware, the two made contact at near full speed in a massive accident. Vettel was passed infront and behind by the two out-of-control cars.
With the accident bringing out the safety car Daniel Ricciardo’s first win was secure. This also represents the first win for another engine manufacturer this season.