First-time winner Ricciardo halts Mercedes domination

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Daniel Ricciardo became the 105th driver to win a round of the world championship with his surprise victory in the Canadian Grand Prix.

Less than three weeks after the Australian racing community was saddened by the death of Jack Brabham, the three-times world champion and first Australian to win in F1, Ricciardo became their fourth race-winner.

Brabham went on to take fourteen wins, fellow world champion Alan Jones won twelve times, and Mark Webber claimed nine wins before quitting F1 last year, leaving his seat to Ricciardo.

The 24-year-old scored his first race win at his 57th attempt, seven races into his first season with Red Bull. He is the first new race winner since Pastor Maldonado in the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver’s last victory in any category came at Monaco in Formula Renault 3.5 three years ago. The following month it was confirmed he would make his F1 debut driving for HRT in the British Grand Prix.

MGU-K failures on both brought several of Mercedes’ dominant streaks to an end. When Felipe Massa took the lead on lap 46 it was the first time since Sebastian Vettel won last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix that anything other than a Mercedes had led a race.

The two W05s had led for 413 laps in a row at the start of the season. That’s the longest consecutive spell led by a single team since 1993, when Williams led throughout the Canadian, French, British, German, Hungarian, Belgian and Italian Grands Prix, for a total of 419 laps.

The only longer leader spell achieved by a team was recorded by McLaren in 1988, who led all of the first seven races, totalling 477 laps.

Mercedes also failed in their attempt to score one-twos in six consecutive F1 championship races, something which has never been done before. However in 1952 Ferrari finished first and second in six consecutive rounds which counted towards the championship, leaving aside the Indy 500 which was not run to F1 rules (and which Ferrari did enter, Alberto Ascari retiring on lap 40).

Nico Rosberg kept Mercedes’ run of pole positions going with their seventh, which was also the seventh of his career. He now has as many pole positions as Jacques Laffite.

Ricciardo’s win also ended the monopoly on race wins by Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, who had won all of the preceding 20 races in a period spanning more than a year.

Fastest lap went to Felipe Massa for the first time since the 2011 Hungarian Grand Prix. The last Williams driver to set fastest lap was Bruno Senna in the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix. Controversially, Rosberg set his fastest lap of the race by cutting the chicane on lap 25.

The Williams pair took fourth and fifth on the grid, which was the team’s best combined qualifying performance since the 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix, when Nico Hulkenberg qualified on pole position and Rubens Barrichello lined up sixth.

While Ferrari marked Kimi Raikkonen’s 200th ‘race start’, it was in fact his 199th. Raikkonen has participated in 201 grands prix, but withdrew before the start of the 2005 United States Grand Prix as did all the other drivers on Michelin tyres. And although he took part in the original start of the 2001 Belgian Grand Prix, that race was later abandoned due to a red flag, and Raikkonen did not take part in the new race.

Finally, Max Chilton’s record of being classified in every race he had started finally came to an end following his first-lap collision with team mate Jules Bianchi. Chilton was classified in his first 25 starts, beating the previous record of 16 set by Tiago Monteiro in 2005.

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94 comments on “First-time winner Ricciardo halts Mercedes domination”

  1. The championship leader has still not won a race in 2014.

    1. Rosberg won two GPs this year..

      1. Not when he was the championship leader.

        1. Rosberg was the (joint) championship leader going into the first race, as everyone had 0 points.

          1. no one was championship leader at the start of the season, as the season had not started, the first points set at the first race set the order.

      2. That was my first thought, but i get it now ;) If that trend continues we’ll be in for an awesome championship battle. If it goes 1-2 for Mercedes all the way (not guaranteed as we just found out!) then i make it…. Hamilton to win it on the final round, 405 to 392 for Rosberg after Abu double ;)

    2. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1)
      9th June 2014, 12:19

      +1 great fact!

    3. I believe that the championship leader never won a race in the entire 2010 season. It would be cool to get a repeat of that

      1. Michael Brown (@)
        9th June 2014, 13:06

        That is true. It was also true in 2012 until Alonso was leading the championship at the German GP and won there.

        1. which shows how Redbull were never as dominant in the past 4 years as Mercedes is now.

  2. Quite many drivers have scored their first victory at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve: Gilles Villeneuve himself (1978), Thierry Boutsen (1989), Jean Alesi (1995), Lewis Hamilton (2007), Robert Kubica (2008) and now Daniel Ricciardo. From the tracks that are still on the calendar, this is by far the most (from the past 30 years or so), as next up on “new winners’ tracks” are Hungary and Nürburgring with three new winners on each track.

    1. Lewis Hamilton also scored his first victory there!

  3. *Mercedes halt Mercedes domination

    1. Strange, but true in a way

  4. It is the first time since the Spanish Grand Prix 2013 (12 May 2013) that the German national anthem wasn’t played at a Grand Prix event.

  5. “Brabham went on to take fourteen wins, fellow world champion Alan Jones won twelve times, and Mark Webber claimed nine wins before quitting F1 last year”

    Well, I hope that Ricciardo wins more than five races during his career…

    1. Very clever

    2. IQ-Test: +10 points!

    3. I can’t decide which of these sequences you’re referring to…

      1. 14-2 = 12
        14-2-3 = 9
        14-2-3-4 = 5

    4. I make it he’s due another 27 wins
      14 for a C
      12 for a J
      9 for a W

  6. Let’s be quite clear about this right now. Reliability ended Mercedes domination, not Red Bull. Without the problem, the Mercedes were on course to finish around a minute ahead of everyone else. This is by no means an end to the domination, just a slice of luck for Red Bull.

    1. Lets be clear about this right now. No one else managed to pass Rosberg.

    2. It’s funny because even with a problematic car, Mercedes still managed to keep the others at bay.

      However, I am happy Rosberg didn’t get the win so that the game between him and Hamilton remains somewhat reasonable. We all saw how long it took Hamilton to claw back the DNF from Australia, and it’s hard to imagine anyone but Rosberg coming second in future races, unless he has reliability issues.

      I’m even more happy for Ricciardo’s win. That smile of his is contagious, and it was amazing to see the crowd chanting his name when he was on the podium.

  7. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
    9th June 2014, 12:11

    Wow, what a race. Perhaps it didn’t have as much of the side-by-side action of Bahrain, but it a) gave Rosberg the head start over Hamilton he will perhaps need in coming tracks, and b) arguably had more drama and was perhaps even more significant. I say that because Daniel Ricciardo, who for many people, was promoted over Raikkonen mainly to fulfil Red Bull’s immense financial obligations to their driver programme, has just won the Canadian Grand Prix, having been trounced at that very same track by JEV just twelve months prior; the same race that saw his teammate dominate the field. Every rational prediction, every seasoned automotive brain would see Ricciardo challenge the four-time champion only on occasional Saturdays in 2014, and yet, he has often beaten the champion in most competitive sessions this year. He has been a true revelation, easily the best performer of the year so far, and it begs the question, if Ricciardo was not overtly stronger than Vergne in 2012/3, will we now have to revaluate the job being done by the perhaps more anonymous midfield faces relative to the sport’s megastars? In a top car what could Hulkenberg do? Or Bottas? Or Grosjean? Or Bianchi? Whilst I would suggest that the breadth of talent on offer in 2014 is perhaps not what it was in say 2012, the Ricciardo versus Vettel dynamic beautifully illustrates the true star quality of most on the grid (most on the grid are GP[insert applicable] or Formula [insert applicable] champions). To recapitulate, in the space of twelve months Vettel has won his fourth world championship, won nine races in row and found himself playing second fiddle, for now, to his new teammate, who has just won at the same track where he was steam-rolled by his former teammate last year who in turn is now under intense pressure for his seat. That is why Formula 1 is the best sport in the world.

    1. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
      9th June 2014, 12:12

      I would add that I don’t think Vettel is remotely performing at his optimum, his former style of rolling the car through the apex with plenty of throttle is simply not compatible with the high torque and low rear downforce formula of 2014 (in fact I’m surprised we haven’t seen any Raikkonen style spins from Vettel), but even if there’s a further 3 to 4/10ths in Vettel at most tracks, that still puts Ricciardo much closer to Vettel than Webber was.

      1. Excuses excuses, Vettel is getting beaten fair and square by Ricciardo. Daniel went faster than Vettel in last years car in testing aswell so I’m not buying your explanation.

        1. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
          9th June 2014, 12:48

          Wow, there’s a well judged comment. Firstly, Ricciardo wasn’t faster than Vettel at the Young Driver Test, and although the team were impressed by his speed and his technical feedback, it was in fact Sainz’s performance in the RB9 that the team found most impressive. Secondly, if those nine consecutive victories were all on the back of an RB9 in a different league, what was Mark Webber doing thirty seconds behind? It’s difficult to imagine how such a terrible driver ever got a super-license if I take your explanation at face value…

          Whilst I agree that nine consecutive victories, four consecutive championships and a victory in a Toro Rosso (with Newey aerodynamics and the very latest stock of the Ferrari engines that were the class of the field) were perhaps put too overtly on Vettel’s head in a sport so car dependent, but to trivialize Vettel’s ability is simply not valid. So whilst I would perhaps rank Alonso and maybe even Hamilton ahead of Vettel, you simply cannot deny the brilliance of the kid. Are sure your overtly partisan grudges against drivers aren’t more suited to the Daily Mail’s sport page, not this educated fan blog, Mr Damonw?

      2. Mark in Florida
        9th June 2014, 21:26

        The way the car’s handle now, I wonder if Schumacher would have had a better come back. He always liked a nose first pointy style car and wasn’t afraid to hang it out there. The understeering car’s when he made his return suited drivers like Button better. Just a thought.

        1. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
          9th June 2014, 22:57

          Whilst I agree that Schumacher would have perhaps been better in the modern era of F1 Mark, you are confusing oversteer versus understeer with wheelspin versus traction, with the 2013 chassis no more likely to understeer, in terms of the front end sliding across the road, than those of 2014 but far less likely to light up their rears with immense torque of the 2014 V6s. With that in mind, we haven’t really seen Button improve as a driver this year, but theoretically the quite beautiful way in which Schumacher modulated the throttle would make him strong in 2014. Regarding Schumacher, the speed Rosberg has shown versus the man most rightly believe to be the out-and-out on the grid is a fitting tribute to the great man, bearing in mind how well he compared to Rosberg in 2012 especially.

          1. @william-brierty, are you perhaps forgetting the torque of the 3.5L V10s.

          2. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
            10th June 2014, 9:08

            @hohum – Which is exactly why I think Schumi would have been handy in the V6 era.

          3. @william-brierty, Ah, yes, my apologies I was confusing your comment re 2013 with MSCs career in total, and I too feel he would have enjoyed these machines, let’s hope he will at the least be able to enjoy watching them in the future.

      3. @william-brierty I think it’s not just the downforce level but also the poorer drivability of the Renaults and the less stable car (due to break by wire) in the entries. Seb doesn’t seem to have the same precision as last year and the feeling on the breaks in the entry. With the little running he had during the tests and in the first race it’s, imo, a mixture of not understanding the car properly and how to find the optimal setup that meets him half way – the recent improvements he made would also suggest that he starts to get the hang of it.
        So far, Dan is just ahead on this learning curve – Seb had to play around more with the setups, which would also explain why he’s affected more by those engine gremlins.

        1. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
          10th June 2014, 10:43

          @tmf42 – Whilst I agree that Vettel’s woes are not fully down to the lack of rear downforce, a gap as substantial as that between Vettel and Ricciardo cannot simply be attributed to the learning curve with a nod to the nine consecutive displays of automotive dominance we saw at the end of last year. I fear that Vettel woes are stylistic, with Vettel’s previous style fundamentally incompatible with the new era of F1. In essence, Vettel was never last of the late brakers, preferring to brake earlier than most, giving him a neutral car mid-corner allowing him to open the throttle earlier than anyone else on the grid, with that rear Newey downforce as a safeguard as he throttled up early (on a number of Vettel’s pole laps from last year he can be seen picking up the throttle even before he hits the apex curb). This made Vettel king of the corner exit, giving him an immense advantage on traction-limited circuits such as Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Monza, Bahrain and Montreal. However with the introduction of the 2014 V6 torque and the subtraction of much of the rear downforce we have seen the form of exit specialists like Vettel and Raikkonen diminish relative to entry specialists like Hamilton and Alonso. Vettel has to comprehensively rengineer his driving style in order to cope with modern F1, and in that regard I doubt we will see the steely champion of past years for some time.

          1. @william-brierty – I don’t disagree with what you said I just think it’s a one-sided argument resp. it’s an oversimplification – an F1 package has 2 variables, the car and the driver, both need to be adjusted to find the sweet-spot in the middle to maximise results.
            But adjusting your driving style isn’t easy if the setup is still a moving target and you don’t understand the cars feedback completely. Also if you look on Seb’s driving before the EBD era, you’ll see that his strength was always on the throttle (mid-corner and exits). Renault kept introducing big changes on their PU and SW this year and imo, he’s still adjusting to these changes (more sensitive to them) and not yet in a situation where he can optimise his driving.

          2. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
            10th June 2014, 13:36

            @tmf42 – Yes, but with those two variables, the car and the driver, the resultant performances is designated by how the driver interacts with the car; driving style, and how the car interacts with the driver; setup (plus inherent chassis and tyre characteristics). In the case of Vettel’s former style not fitting the inherent characteristics of the 2014 cars, it appears to be the only theory that covers both of the key determinants of driving style and setup capable of explaining such an emphatic tail off in form.

            You’re right, Vettel is unquestionably not yet in a situation where he is optimized relative to the Renault powertrain, but the question is to what extent. The only theory to my mind that can cope with such a comprehensive fall from domination to being at time lackluster is a fundamental one, and one that will see Vettel have to hit the reset button as a driver, with the subsequent question being whether we will ever see the Vettel of former years again. Vettel has struggled with rear grip in the past, in 2008 he arrived at Silverstone having only outqualified Bourdais half of the time, and in 2012 he arrived at Silverstone behind Webber in the WDC, and not being able to have a neutral car on entry due to rear instability was the culprit on both occasions, but aerodynamic evolution came to his aid. Whilst it will to some extent in 2014, the immense torque of the V6s will be an ever present, and he simply can’t expect to throttle up as early as he has done throughout his career in future. In essence, if Vettel is be successful again in F1 he will need a renewed approach.

    2. @william-brierty

      So, Vergne > Vettel? ;) Seriously though, i agree with pretty much everything you’ve said. Although personally i think in the lower teams that qualifying is perhaps a better indicator of the drivers’ speed, because there can be a lot of factors that affect how the races turn out and in particular the points table, which can be fairly irrelevent if the team is only capable of scoring at a few races a year. And in that aspect, Daniel was noticably superior to JEV, apart from in the wet.

      But JEV is consistenly luckless despite performing quite well against his current team-mate in both qualy and races. It wouldn’t surprise me if he was still dropped at the end of the year, which is perhaps “the curse of the Torro Rosso driver”.

      1. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
        10th June 2014, 10:55

        @keithedin – When quoted the rafts of excellent young drivers careers ruined by a stint at Toro Rosso (Luizzi, Bourdais, Algersuari, JEV?), one must question how well Toro Rosso are engineering their cars; four drivers who excel in other categories but disappoint in F1 is something of a correlation.

  8. Was Heikki Kovalainen in Hungary 2008 the 100th different winner in F1?

    1. 100. Kovaleinen (2008 Hungary)
      101. Vettel (2008 Italy)
      102. Webber (2009 Germany)
      103. Rosberg (2012 China)
      104. Maldonado (2012 Spain)
      105. Ricciardo (2014 Canada)

      1. Ivanildo lopes
        9th June 2014, 16:01

        excluding the Indianapolis 500,

        90. Kovaleinen (2008 Hungary)
        91. Vettel (2008 Italy)
        92. Webber (2009 Germany)
        93. Rosberg (2012 China)
        94. Maldonado (Spain 2012)
        95. Ricciardo (Canada 2014)

      2. It’s more or less one new winner per year, which isn’t bad. You can’t expect more than 2 new winners per year, so I suppose we are in a decent form as a sport when it comes to new talent coming through.

      3. Ivanildo lopes
        9th June 2014, 16:48

        you’re right

  9. Something I noticed following quali.

    Of the top 3 teams making up the 3 front rows on the grid, the driver who lost to his team mate in Q1 and Q2 ended up beating him in Q3.

    1. This is due to telemetry of their team mates. I think is already doing bad for the sport….. ban it immediately!!! LOL

      1. Hear hear!

  10. This was the first race since Spain 2013 (when Fernando Alonso won for Ferrari) not to feature the German national anthem on the podium for either the winning constructor or driver.

    1. I certainly have nothing against Germany, but I have to admit it was nice not to have to listen to their national anthem for once! LOL

      1. Would they play the song twice if Vettel won in a Merc?

        1. Only once, same as we’ve had with Rosberg

  11. When Mercedes were leading every lap I was bored, but now their run has been stopped I’m sad, I like to see unprecedented feats being achieved from time to time. And Felipe was the one who ended one of their records, so that makes me happy!

    1. I would be happy for Mercedes run of wins, if the stupid engine homologation was not in place. As far as I see it, Redbull have the best car, but are not being rewarded for it because of an inferior engine which they can not work on to reach parity. its a bit artificial this year, where for the first time in many years of modern f1, the team with the best chassis/aero is not winning.

      1. Again I believe you are completely off the mark here. The engine homologation is just for the engine itself not the turbo or the ERS systems. I don’t believe Renault’s and therefore RBR’s issue is with the engine itself. Nothing is holding them back from working to improve. What is different is that never before has the marriage of PU and chassis been more important, so I don’t think you can claim RBR has the best chassis/aero…Merc does as indicated by their performance. RBR lacks capability in their PU/braking/energy recovery and some have opined from the getgo that AN’s tight packaging for the sake of aero is hurting, and now recently he has admitted his dismay at F1 because it is more about the PU now than about aero. RBR is not being rewarded for having the best car because they don’t have the best car because that requires having the best PU, and the best PU requires the best car around it. And that’s at Mercedes.

  12. A good, but ultimately lucky win for Dan and RBR. If not for the problems encountered by both Mercs he would likely have finished 3rd. Seb said as much on the podium, while the RB10 and W05 themselves are relatively equal cars, the Merc turbo is currently well ahead of the Renault on power and they simply run away on the straights. It will be interesting to see how things go if Renault are ever able to match the power of the Mercedes PU106A Hybrid engine.

    As an Aussie though it was good to see him get his first win. Lets hope its not his last.

  13. Ricciardo’s win marks the first time a driver took their first win before their first career pole position since Kimi Raikkonen 11 years ago.

    1. Nice stat, this one

  14. A good win from Ricciardo. He had the merit, although Mercedes had issues, that overtake on Rosberg looked like Mercedes was going backwards…
    But he took the chance, passed Perez, hold Vettel (who again was a bit victim of pit strattegie again). The aussie deserved the victory

  15. Williams keeps up their record of always scoring either 6 or 10 points in every race this season.

    With 7 pointless races in a row, Sauber are having their longest pointless streak since 1998, where they had 8 pointless races in a row. It is also their worst opening to a season in their entire history, with their next worst start to a season being 2010, during which they did not score in the first 6 rounds.

    Ferrari have finished every race in the season so far with both cars. This is a very good finishing record, especially when compared to other teams – Mercedes, Red Bull, Williams, Lotus and Caterham failed to do this by R1. Force India, Toro Rosso, Marussia and Sauber also failed to do this after R2, and McLaren had a double retirement in R3. On the other hand, Ferrari are the only team to not have recorded a retirement so far in 2014, and are still going stroing.

    Sebastian Vettel has been outraced by Daniel Ricciardo (including DNFs) for five races in a row. This has not happened before in Vettel’s career. In 2009, he was outraced by Mark Webber (including DNFs) for four races in a row.

    After his 5th place, Nico Hulkenberg has become the fourth driver this season to score more points in this season (57 pts) compared to the whole of last season (51 pts). The first driver to do this was Valtteri Bottas, followed by Daniel Ricciardo, and then Jules Bianchi.

    Despite celebrating a new winner and a break in Mercedes dominance, there has not been a constructor other than Mercedes or Red Bull to win a race since the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix.

    1. “Ferrari are the only team to not have recorded a retirement so far in 2014, and are still going stroing.”

      Well, they are still going, i’m not sure you can say they are “going strong” ;) Good stats though. Sauber suffering from having one driver too heavy (and unspectacular anyway), and one just lacking talent.

    2. That is great about Ferrari and all, but they are really proving the old “its hard to make a reliable car fast” adage very true. they are sitting in 3rd largely because they keep bringing cars home, not because they are in any way competitive speed wise.

  16. * Ricciardo’s victory ended third-longest streak of races having no new winners. Starting from Monaco GP 2012 and ending in Monaco GP 2014, the streak included 40 races. The record is 48 between Hungarian GP 2009 and Malaysian GP 2012. There were also 44 races between Australian GP 1989 and Hungarian GP 1992.

    * Ricciardo is the first driver to make debut for HRT (or any of the 2010 new teams) and win race in his career.

    * Marussia was the first team since Toro Rosso in Spanish GP 2009 whose both cars were eliminated on lap 1.

    * It was the second race in F1 history which ended under safety car conditions due to accident on the final lap, the other being 2009 Italian Grand Prix.

    1. what about Monaco when Schumacher passed Alonso after the safety car line? Think it was 2010

      1. The accident itself was on lap 74/78, not the final lap

    2. @bleu Brazil 2012 ended under safety car conditions?

      1. The accident which caused the safety car happened two or three laps from the finish.

  17. Ricardo won his first race without starting from pole position.
    the last driver to do so was Heikki Kovalainen in Hungary in 2008

    Ricciardo became the 168th driver to lead a lap

    Since the Canadian GP in 2010 a driver had not won a race taking the lead of the race in the last 3 laps

    The 2nd place rosberg was the 100th for car # 6

    1. Canadian GP 2011 Button took it on the last lap, not 2010!

    2. Heikki got pole in Silverstone 2008 before winning in Hungary 2008. You have to go back to Malaysia 2003 when Raikkonen won he race before achieving his first pole in European GP in Nurburgring 2003.

      1. the last winners:

        Ricciardo 2014 not pole
        Maldonado 2012 pole
        Rosberg 2012 pole
        Webber 2009 pole
        Vettel 2008 pole
        Kovalainen 2008 not pole

  18. – The german national anthem ends its streak of being played during the podium ceremony after 20 consecutive races.

    – Pastor Maldonado is last in the championship after round 7. This is something that has never happened before for him. (Considering you have to have at least one classified finish in order to be part of the championship standings)

    – Marussia and Bianchi have ended their streak of consecutive points finishes after one round.

    – McLaren have had either both cars or no car in the points this season.

    – Three teams (Marussia, Caterham, Lotus) have had double retirements this race. The last time this happened was the 2010 Australian Grand Prix (Sauber, HRT, Virgin).

    – It was the first time a Williams has lead the race for a lap since Pastor Maldonado at the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix.

    1. There would have been two reasons to play Deutschland Ueber Alles yesterday.

  19. This was the first double retirement for Marussia. The team (in their previous guise as Virgin Racing) last suffered a double retirement at the 2010 Korean Grand Prix.

  20. Daniel Ricciardo is the winning driver with fewer laps in the lead of the story (only 3 laps)

  21. Daniel Ricciardo equaled Peter Gethin, winner driver with fewer laps in the lead of the story (only 3 laps)

  22. Michael Brown
    9th June 2014, 17:25

    Although he didn’t cross the finish line, Pérez is classified 11th

    1. And Massa is classified 12th

    2. And had Vettel been collected in the chaos, he would have been a classified DNF with a point!

  23. How I define Grand Prix starts, this was Räikkönen’s 200th. Actually, by the rules of that day it would have been possible to race over 70% of the race and not to get credit for it, if the race had been stopped there and re-started later.

    Ask Niki Lauda whether he started 1976 German Grand Prix or not? If he didn’t start, how did he get injured in that race. Although I have to admit there are oddities such as 2011 Malaysian motorcycling Grand Prix, which was cancelled following Simoncelli’s fatal accident.

    Different F1 stats pages count starts differently, you seem to have a line that driver needs to be in a restart.

    I would like to see a poll on this:
    * being on the grid waiting for the warm-up lap to start
    * starting warm-up lap
    * starting the actual race
    * starting the re-started race

    1. The 1976 German GP was resumed not restarted I think :)

      But ”restarting” is like pushing a ”reset” button, but it is more typical (rules) rather than actual history writing :)

      1. Resumed I mean like the 2013 Monaco GP :)

    2. You can add two more possibilities

      * being on the grid after the warm-up lap but before the race start

      * being on the grid before the race re-start

  24. I wouldn’t get too excited about any type of “challenge” to Mercedes. While I am happy for Ricciardo, he was gifted a win- plain and simple. The scary thing for everyone including Red bull is that both Mercedes’ were down 160 BHP with a third the race to go. Yet the chasing pack still couldn’t catch up (even with two DRS zones) until the very late stages. If anything, rivals should be very wary of the chasm in performance between Brackley and everyone else. Both championships are theirs and if anyone thinks otherwise then they are disillusioned.

    1. Red Bull would have caught Rosberg easily, but they were stuck behind Perez.

      Perez could not overtake Rosberg because he always fell behind in the first two sectors as he was worse on downforce than Rosberg. On the straights he got close to Rosberg, but not close enough.

      Ricciardo could not overtake Perez. He was able to run very close in sectors 1 and 2 (where you can’t overtake), but then lacked the straight-line speed to overtake him on the straights.

      As we could see, Ricciardo managed to overtake Rosberg very quickly, and Vettel would have likely done the same had the race lasted 2 or 3 laps longer.

      Nevertheless, it shows how shockingly fast the Mercedes was even without MGU-K.

      It also shows how important track position is for a car that is slow on the straights. Red Bull should really try to be amongst the ones with the lowest number of stops on any given day.

  25. This might be a silly question, so don’t shout at me if it is.
    With so much information being fed from the cars back to the pits, would it be possible for a rival team to intercept the data and (deep breath) alter the settings on their competitor’s car?

    1. I’m sure I saw Horner pushing a red button labeled “brake failure”.

    2. @timothykatz The data will be encrypted so can only be understood by the team. Also, telemetry is currently only one way from car to pits, so remote changing of settings shouldn’t be possible anyway, that’s why the teams tell the drivers what setting changes to make because they must be physically changed by the driver in the car.

  26. Alonso, Hulkenberg and Rosberg have scored in every race and the latter has scored a podium in every race this season.

    First double retirement for Marussia since they became Marussia. The last double retirement for Virgin came in the 2010 Korean Grand Prix.

    Sebastian Vettel has never scored more than three third places in a single season, he has two so far this year.

    McLaren continue their trend of either scoring with neither or with both cars this season. Williams cars have finished in seventh place five times this season out of seven race. Massa three times and Bottas twice. Kimi Raikkonen (car number 7) is the only other driver to finish seventh this season.

    Every driver who has taken their maiden win in a Red Bull has been Australian.

    The World Constructors’ Championship looked very different at this stage twelve months ago:

    Red Bull 201
    Ferrari 145
    Mercedes 134
    Lotus 114
    Force India 51

    Compared to:

    Mercedes 258
    Red Bull 139
    Ferrari 87
    Force India 77
    McLaren 66

    In terms of reliability, Ferrari have had 0 race-ending technical failures, the same as Force India (although they had one DNS). Mercedes have had two, Red Bull three, McLaren two and Williams one.

  27. No wins at Tilkedromes for Australian drivers.

    Only 3 drivers have crossed the finish line in 1st or 2nd this year.

    Hamilton has led 1 lap more than Rosberg this year (207 vs 206).

    All 3 podium finishers passed ‘landmark’ career totals in this race – 100, 700, 1500.

    3rd time this year Hulkenberg has started 11th and finished 5th.

    Massa’s 200th entry (including 2 no-starts).

    None of the drivers who went out in Q1 finished the race (although Gutierrez was classified).

    First Canadian GP in which 1 Force India has scored and the other hasn’t.

    Ricciardo and Button were the only points-scorers to finish in a position that they hadn’t previously finished in this year.

    Red Bull keep alive their record of leading at least 1 lap every year since 2007.

    And some from

    First time since Japan-Korea-India 2012 that a team locked out the front row 3 races in a row.

    First time Hamilton has been outqualified by a team-mate in Canada. Massa is still yet to outqualify a team-mate in Canada.

    7 consecutive races without pole and 5 consecutive races without a front-row start for Vettel – both occurring for the first time since he joined Red Bull.

    First time since Malaysia 2006 that both Williams cars started in the top 5. Thankfully this race went better for them than that one did…

    Only previous occasion that Massa has outqualified both Ferraris – Turkey 2005.

    3rd race in a row that Hulkenberg was 11th in Q2 (he was promoted to 10th in Spain).

    26 races without a McLaren pole – equals their 2010-11 drought.

    First points for Ricciardo and Hulkenberg in Canada. Hulkenberg has now only failed to score in Istanbul (only raced in 2010) and Yas Marina.

    Longest streak of Mercedes-powered wins stays at 6 (also happened in 2005).

    First time since 1996 that neither Ferrari finished in the top 5 in Canada.

    Hamilton has as many DNFs as wins in Canada.

    Williams’ best result has always been 5th or 7th this year – and Massa was running 5th when he crashed!
    First double DNF for Marussia since Korea 2010 (when they were Virgin).

    89th race with a British driver in the points – record for Britain, but trails Germany’s 111.

    Other instances of both cars in a team suffering similar mechanical issues almost simultaneously:
    McLaren in Luxembourg 1997 (both blew up whilst running 1-2)
    BAR in Malaysia 2005 (both blew up early on after deliberately retiring from the previous race so as to start with fresh engines)

    1. Awesome stats mate………… but try some sleep :) LOL

  28. Greta photo of (the new) “CAPTAIN AUST R A L I A “

    1. * Great, not Greta, of course.

  29. Here’s one I just spotted on Twitter:

    In both 2009 and 2014 the Brackley-based team (Brawn/Mercedes) won six of the first seven races with Red Bull taking the other win.

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