Well no-one saw that one coming! Daniel Ricciardo’s shock win at the Canadian Grand Prix highlighted that just when you think F1 has become predictable, the sport can produce something truly out of the blue.
In a season where the might of Mercedes has ruled throughout, it was Red Bull who were the last team standing amid the mayhem that only Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve can create.
After six races where the new 2014 cars have run reliable, it was Canada that was the first real car-breaker as engines failed and brakes went kaput. After the disaster of pre-season, it was Red Bull who survived better than most.
Ricciardo was just the benefactor of an incredible twist of luck as both Mercedes almost simultaneously suffered the same failure, yet the way he took a hold of the race in the closing laps proved he is one for the future.
His race winning move on an ailing Rosberg may have been one of the easiest in his F1 career, but the pass on Sergio Perez around the outside of turn one could easily become overtake of the season.
For Red Bull, however, a key point remains true, their Renault power unit is the one achilles heel preventing them from challenging for victory on a regular basis.
If it wasn't for degrading tyres and Ricciardo's bravery, he would have likely remained stuck behind the Force India of Sergio Perez, just as he and Vettel had been stuck behind the Williams for much of the early part of the race.
The battle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, before their ERS failures, also proved they are still well out in front as the pair had built up a half-minute advantage over the rest of the field in just 30 laps often pulling out by over a second per lap.
The brief wheel-to-wheel encounters also highlight that despite the recent calm placed over their rivalry, Hamilton and Rosberg still have plenty of tension bubbling under the surface.
The German earned the wrath of some fans and onlookers with his short-cutting of the final chicane as the pair got close for the first time, though the stewards deemed his actions within the rules, the move did see what was a half second gap move over a second and out of DRS range.
Without the energy problems, the race would have also hinged on a slow final pit-stop for Rosberg which saw Hamilton move ahead, as it was, it was Lewis’ fans left disappointed as the Briton was forced to retire with rear brake failure while the team looked for the best resolution to the engine issues.
It appeared Rosberg was also suffer a similar fate but he benefited from Hamilton’s failure to adjust his car accordingly and he was able to make the finish and claim a crucial 18 points in second and increase his championship lead to over 20 points.
The big disappointment in the race were Williams, this should have been their race to win following the Mercedes troubles, but for Valtteri Bottas a poor strategy call saw him only finish seventh while Felipe Massa endured one of the worst collisions seen in some time with Sergio Perez on the last lap.
This is not the first time Williams have failed to capitalise on a promising situation this season, and some questions have to be asked if the team, that used to win races for fun in their heyday, have actually forgotten how to do so now.
Ferrari too struggled in Montreal as Fernando Alonso finished sixth and Kimi Raikkonen tenth. In many ways this result was not a surprise as the Italian team struggle with a thirstier, heavier and less powerful V6 hybrid but if it wasn’t for the late crash between Massa and Perez, this result would have been much worse.
Force India were the real star team in the race as they made their tyre saving abilities work completing an one-stop race.
Sadly for Perez his crash with Massa will be what he is remembered for rather than the incredible 35 lap stint on the super-soft tyres.
The Mexican slightly moved across approaching the braking zone which left the Williams driver with nowhere to go, he has since been punished with a five-place grid drop for the Austrian Grand Prix.
Other benefactors from the high attrition were McLaren as Jenson Button finished fourth, amid the drama ahead, the Briton was the fastest car on track as he moved through the field. Kevin Magnussen also finished ninth.
The final moment of note was the collision between the two Marussia’s on the opening lap. Max Chilton lost control of the rear of his car entering turn three and wiped out team-mate Jules Bianchi.
The Briton has since been punished with a three place grid drop for Austria, however, Chilton believes he was not at fault claiming Bianchi didn’t leave enough room.
In my opinion, Chilton has little to complain about, it was his mistake heading into the corner that gave Bianchi nowhere to go, the stewards made the right call.
Amid all the action and drama the day belonged to Daniel Ricciardo, the Australian has been proving his worth since joining Red Bull at the start of the year and, while Montreal was probably the last place most thought it would happen, it was only a matter of time before the smiling 24-year-old reached the top step of the podium.
For the team this is the perfect boost heading to their home race in Austria at the revamped Red Bull Ring, however, with the circuit there sharing the same need for power as Montreal, it will be Mercedes who are the team to beat and could spoil Dietrich Mateschitz's party.
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