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Canadian Grand Prix: driver by driver review

We look at each drivers efforts during round 7 of the 2014 season.
Monday, June 9, 2014

9th June, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - The Canadian Grand Prix was an action-packed thriller that many fans are calling the best race of the year so far.

From opening lap disaster for the Marussia duo to Daniel Ricciardo’s fantastic win, we review how round 7 of the 2014 season went for each driver.


1. Daniel Ricciardo - Red Bull Racing - 25 points

The Australian driver took his first Formula One victory after hunting down Nico Rosberg with a few laps to go.

Ricciardo pulled off an impressive pass on Sergio Perez and began reeling in Rosberg. He passed the Mercedes driver, who had an MGU-K failure, on the start finish straight with two laps to go.

He was surprised to take his first win and described it as ‘surreal’.


2. Nico Rosberg - Mercedes - 18 points

On the opening lap Rosberg defended hard against teammate Lewis Hamilton, who almost took the lead in the first couple of corners.

From then on it looked like plain sailing and another 1-2 for Mercedes, until both drivers were struck with an MGU-K failure which saw their lap times plummet.

Rosberg was able to nurse his issue and fight off the advances of Perez. Two laps before the end, he couldn’t keep Ricciardo behind him and longer and impressively managed to finish on the podium.

His podium finish came as a surprise to him as he expected he’d dropped down to fifth place in all the chaos towards the end.

“With so much going on, I had to ask my engineer where I finished at the end as I thought I was probably fifth or sixth. I was so happy to hear that I was in P2!” Rosberg said.


3. Sebastian Vettel - Red Bull Racing - 15 points

A strong start from the quadruple world champion saw him take advantage of Hamilton running wide and gained a position.

He soon returned to third place as his Red Bull was no match for the Mercedes on the straights.

Like his teammate, Vettel seemed to find more pace towards the end of the race and passed Perez to take the final step on the podium.


4. Jenson Button - McLaren - 12 points

If there was anyone who really benefitted from the incident between Perez and Felipe Massa it was Button, who was in sixth before the collision.

The McLaren driver had a fairly quiet race but managed to make up a couple of places a few laps before the end after passing Fernando Alonso and Nico Hulkenberg.


5. Nico Hulkenberg - Force India - 10 points

The Force India driver continues his streak of nine consecutive races finished in the points and is sixth in the drivers championship, just three points behind Vettel.

Hulkenberg looked strong throughout the race and pulled off a one-stop, which saw him lose a couple of positions towards the end of the race.


6. Fernando Alonso - Ferrari - 8 points

Yet another fairly quiet race for double world champion Alonso, who would have finished eighth had it not been for the incident on the penultimate lap.


7. Valtteri Bottas - Williams - 6 points

The Finnish driver looked strong during qualifying but wasn’t able to replicate the same pace during the Canadian Grand Prix.

Bottas crossed the line seventh, picking up valuable points for the team.


8. Jean-Eric Vergne - Toro Rosso - 4 points

A fairly quiet race for the Frenchman, who described it as the best race of his F1 career so far.

Not because of his finishing positions, but because everything went perfectly for him. Vergne is no stranger to bad luck, having retired four times already this year.

His eighth place in Canada is his equal best finish of the year with the Australian Grand Prix.


9. Kevin Magnussen - McLaren - 2 points

The Danish driver found himself stuck behind Vergne towards the end of the race and lacked the pace to get past the Toro Rosso.

After the race he said the team needed to be patient and things would begin to improve.

“We just need to be patient and things will start to come our way.” Magnussen said.


10. Kimi Raikkonen - Ferrari - 1 point

The Iceman picked up the last point after a frustrating race which saw him stuck in traffic for most of it.

Raikkonen didn’t look too competitive during the race and had a strange spin at the hairpin, echoing an incident he had earlier in the weekend.


11. Sergio Perez - Force India - Accident

Like his teammate, Perez looked strong and should have been able to capitalise on Rosberg’s issue to take the lead of the race but he couldn’t seem to find a way past.

Towards the end of the race he reported he was suffering with brake issues.

On the penultimate lap Perez changed his line on the start-finish straight, causing Massa to run into the back of his car.

The Mexican driver ended up in the crash barriers and turn one and visited the medical centre.

The stewards investigated the incident and decided that Perez had changed his racing line and handed him a five place grid penalty for the Austrian Grand Prix.


12. Felipe Massa - Williams - Accident

A late pit stop put the Brazilian driver back in the fray on fresh tyres with 12 laps to go.

Massa was making up pace and would have been on for a fifth place finish before he collided with Perez.

The Williams driver was taken to hospital as a precaution and was discharged when his results came back normal.


13. Adrian Sutil - Sauber

The German driver spent most of the race towards the back of the field and was the last runner to cross the line.

After the race Sutil said that he was happy with his performance and that Sauber gave it their all.


14. Esteban Gutierrez - Sauber

Like teammate Sutil, the young Mexican driver also spent most of the race towards the back of the grid.

A few laps before the end Gutierrez was forced to retire with an energy storage system issue.


RET. Romain Grosjean - Lotus - Rear wing damage

The Lotus driver was nowhere to be seen during the Canadian Grand Prix and was forced to retire with rear wing damage on the 59th lap.


RET. Daniil Kvyat - Toro Rosso - Drive train

A difficult weekend for the Russian rookie came to a disappointing end on lap 57 when he lost drive.


RET. Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes - Brake failure

On the opening lap of the race Hamilton almost stole the lead from teammate Rosberg, but ran wide and lost a position to Vettel.

He overtook the German driver to regain second position and began putting his teammate under pressure.

Hamilton was hit with the MGU-K issue first, caused by a high-voltage control electronics failure. He tried to manage the issue but his brakes failed at turn 10 on lap 46 forcing the Briton to make his second retirement of the season.


RET. Kamui Kobayashi - Caterham - Suspension

On lap 23 the Japanese driver suffered a large slide which was caused by a rear suspension issue which ended his race.


RET. Pastor Maldonado - Lotus - Power unit

The Venezuelan was suffering with a power unit issue from the start of the race. It came to a head on lap 21 when he was forced to retire.  


RET. Marcus Ericsson - Caterham - Turbo

On the way to the grid the Swedish driver reported that he was struggling with power unit issues and the issue continued after the race started.

He retired on lap 7 and inspection found there was an issue with a pipe connected to the turbo.


RET. Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi - Accident

The Marussia drivers brought out the safety car on the opening lap after Chilton made contact with Bianchi.

Chilton appeared to lose the back of the car in turn 3, hitting Bianchi in the process.

The stewards investigated the incident after the race and said it was Chilton’s fault and gave him a three place grid drop for the Austrian Grand Prix.

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