F1 2014 Alternative Championships: Round 7/19 (Canada) – Aussie, Aussie, Aussie…Aussie

DANIEL RICCIARDO notched up the first victory of his F1 career at the Canadian Grand Prix to catapult him to third in this season’s drivers’ standings.

The Red Bull driver became the fourth Australian to win a Grand Prix, following in the wheel tracks of the late triple World Champion Sir Jack Brabham (14 wins), 1980 World Champion Alan Jones (12) and Mark Webber (nine), as well as becoming the 105th driver to win a world championship race.

The moment Ricciardo crossed the finish line. (ftw.usatoday.com).

The moment Ricciardo crossed the finish line. (ftw.usatoday.com).

This was also the first victory for a turbo-charged Renault engine since Ayrton Senna won the 1986 Detroit Grand Prix.

More importantly, Mercedes were beaten for the first time this season.

Championship leader Nico Rosberg and team-mate Lewis Hamilton looked set to run away with the race yet again, but brake failure forced Hamilton to retire after 46 laps and Rosberg had to ease off to the point where he couldn’t keep the charging Ricciardo behind him. The Australian took the lead with just three laps to go.

This race was the sixth in history to finish behind the Safety Car after the frightening last lap crash between Sergio Pérez (Force India) and Felipe Massa (Williams). Reigning World Champion and third place finisher Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) was extremely fortunate not to have been collected by either car.

Race winner: (3) Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) – Red Bull-Renault. 70 laps. 1h39:12.830 (114.722 mph).

Fastest Lap: (19) Felipe Massa (BRA) – Williams-Mercedes. 1:18.504 (124.274 mph) Lap 58.

Pole-position: (6) Nico Rosberg (GER) – Mercedes. 1:14.874 (130.299 mph).

Drivers’ Standings after round 7 of 19

Position

Driver

Constructor

Points

1

(6) Nico Rosberg (GER)

Mercedes

140

2

(44) Lewis Hamilton (ENG)

Mercedes

118

3

(3) Daniel Ricciardo (AUS)

Red Bull

79

4

(14) Fernando Alonso (ESP)

Ferrari

69

5

(1) Sebastian Vettel (GER)

Red Bull

60

6

(27) Nico Hülkenberg (GER)

Force India

57

7

(22) Jenson Button (ENG)

McLaren

43

8

(77) Valtteri Bottas (FIN)

Williams

40

9

(20) Kevin Magnussen (DEN)

McLaren

23

10

(11) Sergio Pérez (MEX)

Force India

20

11

(19) Felipe Massa (BRA)

Williams

18

12

(7) Kimi Räikkönen (FIN)

Ferrari

18

13

(8) Romain Grosjean (FRA)

Lotus

8

14

(25) Jean-Éric Vergne (FRA)

Toro Rosso

8

15

(26) Daniil Kvyat (RUS)

Toro Rosso

4

16

(17) Jules Bianchi (FRA)

Marussia

2

17

(99) Adrian Sutil (GER)

Sauber

0

18

(9) Marcus Ericsson (SWE)

Caterham

0

19

(21) Esteban Gutiérrez (MEX)

Sauber

0

20

(4) Max Chilton (ENG)

Marussia

0

21

(10) Kamui Kobayashi (JPN)

Caterham

0

22

(13) Pastor Maldonado (VEN)

Lotus

0

 

Constructors’ Standings after round 7 of 19

Position

Constructor

Engine

Points

1

Mercedes (GER)

258

2

Red Bull (AUT)

Renault

139

3

Ferrari (ITA)

87

4

Force India (IND)

Mercedes

77

5

McLaren (ENG)

Mercedes

66

6

Williams (ENG)

Mercedes

58

7

Toro Rosso (ITA)

Renault

12

8

Lotus (ENG)

Renault

8

9

Marussia (RUS)

Ferrari

2

10

Sauber (SUI)

Ferrari

0

11

Caterham (MAL)

Renault

0

 1935 European Drivers’ Championship.

Position

Driver

Points

1

Nico Rosberg (6)

12

2

Lewis Hamilton (44)

18

3

Daniel Ricciardo (3)

27

4

Kevin Magnussen (20)

27

5

Fernando Alonso (14)

27

6

Jenson Button (22)

27

7

Nico Hülkenberg (27)

28

8

Kimi Räikkönen (7)

28

9

Valtteri Bottas (77)

29

10

Romain Grosjean (8)

29

11

Esteban Gutiérrez (21)

30

12

Felipe Massa (19)

31

13

Max Chilton (4)

31

14

Sebastian Vettel (1)

32

15

Daniil Kvyat (26)

32

16

Sergio Pérez (11)

34

17

Jules Bianchi (17)

34

18

Marcus Ericsson (9)

34

19

Kamui Kobayashi (10)

34

20

Jean-Éric Vergne (25)

35

21

Adrian Sutil (99)

36

22

Pastor Maldonado (13)

38

Hülkenberg and Räikkönen are the only drivers on par points, 28.

1935 European Constructors’ Championship.

Position

Driver

Points

1

Mercedes

30

2

McLaren

54

3

Ferrari

55

4

Red Bull

59

5

Williams

60

6

Force India

62

7

Marussia

65

8

Sauber

66

9

Toro Rosso

67

10

Lotus

67

11

Caterham

68

Par points = 56.

Rookies’ Championship.

Position

Driver

Points

1

Kevin Magnussen (20)

166

2

Daniil Kvyat (26)

108

3

Marcus Ericsson (9)

63

 Nations’ Championship.

Position

Nation

Points

1

England

148

2

Germany

140

3

Spain

82

4

Australia

79

5

Finland

62

6

Denmark

44

7

France

42

8

Mexico

37

9

Brazil

36

10

Russia

23

11

Sweden

5

12

Japan

3

13

Venezuela

2

The Next Grand Prix…

Formula 1 returns to Austria for the first time in 11 years this weekend at the refurbished Red Bull Ring, formerly the A1-Ring and the Österreichring.

Current drivers who have competed in the Austrian Grand Prix:

  • Felipe Massa (Sauber). Last race: 2002.
  • Kimi Räikkönen (McLaren). Last race: 2003.
  • Jenson Button (B.A.R.). Last race: 2003.
  • Fernando Alonso (Renault). Last race: 2003.

Current constructors who have won the Austrian Grand Prix:

  • McLaren (6): 1984, ’85, ’86, ’98, 2000 & ’01.
  • Ferrari (5): 1964, ’70, ’99, 2002 & ’03.
  • Williams (3): 1979, ’87 & ’97.
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