Ricciardo beats Mercedes


Daniel Ricciardo celebrates. Image Copyright © Red Bull Racing

Daniel Ricciardo celebrates. Image Copyright © Red Bull Racing

Red Bull Racing’s new signing Australian, Daniel Ricciardo, will never forget his debut win. Choking with emotion over the radio on the slow down lap, Formula One’s newest Grand Prix winner could hardly believe what he had just achieved. A fantastic attacking drive from P6 on the grid signalled the end of the Silver Arrow’s domination and granted Ricciardo the podium’s top step in the last two laps!

The bullet-proof W05s finally broke. The Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve is a renowned car-breaker. But in recent times cutting edge technology, together with stringent regulations by the FIA saw F1 cars achieve solid milestones in reliability. However, 2014 and the Turbo Hybrid cars were a brand new story in Montreal.

It looked like a another Mercedes 1-2 in the making, but after about 45 laps of trouble free running, both drivers reported a massive loss in power from their ERS K units. This amounted to a reduction of speed of almost 3 seconds per lap with the hungry pack of Force Indias, Williamses and Red Bulls on full charge pursuing them.

The Canadian Grand Prix finish was certain to be a belter with the top 7 cars all 10 seconds within each other with just 10 laps remaining.

The ERS K failure on Lewis Hamilton’s car meant another DNF for the Briton as his close trailing of Nico Rosberg in the first half of the race led to overheating rear brakes that subsequently refused to work as the energy recovery system shut down. Nico, on the other hand managed to hold on to his injured car and nursed it back astonishingly to take P2 ahead of Sebastian Vettel who looked pleased with the outcome of the race and his own P3 finish.

On understanding Hamilton’s brake issues the Mercedes team were quick to advise Nico to adjust his car’s brake bias as forward as possible so he won’t face his teammate’s woes. It worked. And towards the closing stages Rosberg drove tactfully through sectors 1 and 3 to ensure he was out of the DRS range of the charging Sergio Perez. Although Ricciardo and Red Bull won the race, Rosberg’s relentless drive might prove crucial in his bid to become champion this year.

William’s Felipe Massa at one point looked most likely to take the win after the Mercedes cars called in sick. But his tyre management meant he would have to work real hard for it in the last stint of the race. During his charge back from his second pitstop he found himself nudging a late turning Sergio Perez into Turn 1. What ensued was a spectacular accident which saw both cars hit the barriers at 27G! Thankfully they’re both out of danger. But the Force India driver incurred a five-second penalty for the next round.

Jenson Button overtook both Nico Hulkenberg and Fernando Alonso in the last couple of laps to register an exciting drive to P4 after the retirements of Massa and Perez. While Valterri Bottas, Jean Eric Vergne, Kevin Magnussen and Kimi Raikkonen rounded off the top ten points finishers.

It was a dramatic victory for Daniel Ricciardo, though it became a reality only once it was clear the Mercedes cars were nursing technical issues. But when an opportunity presented itself, the young smiling Aussie grabbed it with both hands. True signs of a champion in the making.


P1 Ricciardo – Red Bull Renault 1hr 39m 12.830s
P2 Rosberg – Mercedes AMG
P3 Vettel – Red Bull Renault

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That day at Imola

The most recognised helmet in F1 history. Image Copyright © McLaren Media

The most recognised helmet in F1 history. Image Copyright © McLaren Media

Millions worldwide have vivid memories of that moment in history when Formula One lost Ayrton Senna. Arguably it’s greatest asset.

A few recollections from people all over and a certain 9-year-old from UK.

“I was at home in Mumbai. I did not believe it at all and I refused to. It was hard. He is a legend. He lives on…”
Colston Julian, Advertising Photographer in Mumbai

“I actually remember watching the race on Prime Sports, don’t remember if it was live or a recording. As they went back and showed replays of the crash it was obvious it was not a usual crash. When the chopper landed to medivac him, I remember thinking, that’s it, 2 dead drivers in one weekend, F1 is changed forever. The feed was onboard with Schumi at the time he went off and it is sad that Schumi is in the condition that he is at this time. I am going to Imola this year as a tribute. Will be there at the end of June. I think F1 changed for me that weekend. It all became real. It’s like the moment in time when you discover that riding a bike is not all fun and falling hurts. A little bit of a bubble bursts. Ratzenberger and Senna changed F1 for me forever.”
– Krishnan Menon, Networking & Marketing Professional in Singapore

“Yes i remember. I was watching the race live on TV, and already clouded by the death of Ratzenberger, and the apprehension which Senna seemed to have and then watch the crash, and then the blanket tent…I felt, it was going to be close and then heard the news on TV later and since he was my hero, i couldn’t control my tears, and no one at home could understand especially for a man whom i had never seen in my life except on TV!”
Madhusudan Rhenius, Marketing Professional in Chennai

“I’d heard of his death while doing an Ad for a Tyre brand. In fact I wasn’t into Formula 1 at that time. But I had to read up about this fearless driver. I’d heard of Niki Lauda before.
He was like a hero for me because he’d raced and crashed many times, had his car burnt, his face burnt, part of his ear was gone, doctors had written off his racing career but he came back and raced”
– Deepak Joshi, Advertising Professional in Jakarta

“Yes I think I was at a friend’s place and back in the day when satellite TV was just about there, but I know all of us girls were shocked that he was gone like that in an accident.
I remembered it again when I read of Schumacher some time back…just feel these racers love living and racing on the edge and then it literally takes the life out of them”
Namrata Nandan, Advertising Professional in Mumbai

“I was watching the Grand Prix on TV. I can remember every moment. Did not sleep that night. When I got the news I was shattered and in tears. Senna was my hero. I hated Prost!!! Just before the car hit the wall, I remember asking my brother what Senna was doing going wide. The next ten seconds was slow motion in my head. Will never forget it.
I went close to the TV. Saw his faint quiver and told my brother ‘geyche’ (means gone in Bengali). Then the airlift. Waited for some news. Finally got it on BBC World Service Radio” - Subhabrata Ghosh, Brand Consultant in Bangalore

“I remember being on the college bus when I heard about it the day after – we were doing internal exams or something and none of us had watched it Live. I remember thinking only 34, at least a couple of titles more for sure. For some inexplicable reason, I thought Schumi was the culprit…”
Canice Chandan Pinto, IT Enabled Services in USA

“I remember when I was at University we were all in shock about his death as we all watched Formula 1 together back then.”
Will Tsang, Law Professional in London

“Yup, I do. I was in Class lll then, and I remember watching videos of it on the news, and reading about it in SportStar magazine . I do remember feeling rather sad…for the brilliant racer whose life got extinguished prematurely…”
– Phalgun Reddy, Planning Professional in Gurgaon

“I remember it was early May and I was at Rye House. I had just finished a race and my dad, quietly, came over to me and said, ‘Lewis, Ayrton Senna’s just died…He’s had a terrible crash at Imola…’ I remember how I did not want to show emotion in front of my dad because I thought he would have a go at me and so I walked round the back, where no one was looking, and I just cried. I really struggled the rest of that day. i could not stop imagining what had gone on. I was only nine years old. The man who inspired me was dead. He was a superhero, you know, and that was him…just gone”
– Lewis Hamilton, British Formula One Driver

[excerpt taken from Lewis Hamilton : My Story © 2007 Harper Collins Publishing]