Formula One

 
           === Ricciardo surprise winner in Canadian GP thriller ===
 
 Montreal,  QC (SportsNetwork.com)  - Daniel Riccardo and Red Bull pulled off a
 stunning  upset over  Nico Rosberg and Mercedes to win Sunday's Canadian Grand
 Prix, a race that ended in thrilling fashion.
 
 Rosberg  started  on the  pole and  had been  dominant in  this 70-lap race at
 Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, but Ricciardo overtook Rosberg with less
 than three laps to go.
 
 The race ended with the deployment of the safety car when Force India's Sergio
 Perez  and  Felipe Massa from  Williams made contact  and spun out before both
 drivers slammed hard into the barrier on the final lap. They were battling for
 position in the top-five at the time of their crash.
 
 The  top-five were  running within a couple of seconds from each other heading
 into the last lap around this 2.71-mile (4.361-kilometer), 14-turn circuit.
 
 Ricciardo  scored his maiden victory in Formula One, coming in his 57th career
 start.  He became the  105th different driver to win a F1 grand prix and first
 new  winner  since 2012 when Pastor  Maldonado took the checkered flag for the
 Spanish Grand Prix.
 
 "It's  still a  bit surreal but yeah, just really cool," Ricciardo said. "It's
 not  that  we were  leading the  whole race,  so it's  not that  I had time to
 understand that I was going to win. It all happened in the last few laps, so I
 think  that's  why it's  still taking  a while  to comprehend  in my head. But
 really nice, a really good feeling."
 
 Ricciardo  also became  the fourth  Australian to  reach the  top step  on the
 podium  in F1,  joining Jack Brabham, Alan Jones and Mark Webber. The 24-year-
 old  Ricciardo is  in his  first season  driving for  Red Bull.  He took  over
 Webber's ride when Webber retired from F1 at the end of the 2013 season.
 
 "An  amazing race  today and what an  amazing race for Daniel to win his first
 grand  prix,"  Red Bull  team  principal  Christian  Horner said.  "He's  been
 phenomenal  since he joined  the team, and I think today he fully deserved the
 victory."
 
 Rosberg,  who had  won the Monaco Grand Prix  for the second year in a row two
 weeks ago, dealt with an ill-handling car in the closing laps. The German held
 on for a second-place finish.
 
 "What  happened was that I lost the ERS [Energy Recovery System], and when you
 lose ERS, then it doesn't harvest anymore and then all the braking on the rear
 is  being  done by  the brakes  and then the  rear brakes overheated," Rosberg
 said.  "So  it was one  problem and then the  next problem happened. That just
 made  it massively difficult.  I needed to cool the brakes a lot. I lost a lot
 of power on the straights."
 
 It  was  the first  time  this  season that  Rosberg  or  his teammate,  Lewis
 Hamilton,  had not  won a grand prix this season. Mercedes had been undefeated
 for the first six rounds.
 
 Hamilton,  who  started second, had  been battling Rosberg  for the lead for a
 majority  of  this race. After making  his second and final pit stop, Hamilton
 came out ahead of Rosberg.
 
 Moments  later, Hamilton  ran wide  at the  hairpin and  lost the  position to
 Rosberg.  Hamilton  attempted to reclaim  it at the  final chicane but ran off
 track and damaged his brakes in the process, forcing him to retire.
 
 "I  did  the best that  I could out  there today and felt  like I was having a
 strong  race,  but unfortunately  it  just  wasn't  our day,"  Hamilton  said.
 "Montreal  has  been a good  track for me,  so to come  here and not finish is
 disappointing,  but  there are plenty  more races ahead  of us this season, so
 let's hope for better fortune."
 
 Riccardo's teammate, Sebastian Vettel, the four-time and defending Formula One
 world  champion, crossed the line in third. Vettel won this race for the first
 time one year ago.
 
 "Congratulations  to  Daniel for his first  win, which is very, very special,"
 Vettel  said. "I'm happy  for him and happy for the team. It's nice to be able
 to  finally  break through to  get a win this  year and capitalize on Mercedes
 having a problem."
 
 Neither Perez nor Massa was injured in their last-lap crash.
 
 "On  the final  lap, I  was defending  my position  going into  turn 1  when I
 suddenly  got  hit from behind,"  Perez said.  "It was a  big impact, but I am
 okay.  I'm really sad  for the team, because we had an amazing race today, and
 the one-stop strategy was working perfectly."
 
 Perez  received a  five-place grid  penalty for  the next  round, the  June 22
 Austrian  Grand  Prix, for  triggering the accident  with Massa. Race stewards
 determined that Perez had changed his racing lane, which caused the impact.
 
 Rosberg  increased  his points  lead to 22  over Hamilton (140-118). Ricciardo
 moved up to third in the world championship standings (-61).
 
 06/08 21:08:43 ET

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