Ricciardo takes win

Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo took Red Bull Racing back to the top step of the podium in Canada on Sunday, winning his first Grand Prix.

The 24-year-old Australian was on hand to pounce when the all-conquering Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg ran into trouble in the final third of the race.

Ricciardo was made to wait though, after being held up by Force India’s Sergio Perez, who too was seeking his first F1 victory.

The pair were being stalked by world champion Sebastian Vettel and later Williams’ Felipe Massa as Rosberg managed the race lead with an ailing car.

But after dispatching with Perez, it was only a matter of time before Ricciardo made his move - and he did with three laps remaining.

Vettel was lucky to escape unharmed after a frightening crash between Massa and Perez - the Williams driver colliding with Perez and spinning out of control, narrowly missing Vettel’s Red Bull car at Turn 1.

The accident brought out the safety car, which ultimately ended the race prematurely, though it mattered little to Ricciardo who took the chequered flag with Vettel third.