From Mercedes dealing with a slightly different kind of internal problem
, to Force India’s 1-stopping, to Daniel Ricciardo going from strength to strength yet again, this was a classic… Who knew crippling a Mercs would make a race so much more intriguing?! Now, watch as I try and break this crazy son of a bitch down. Ladies and gents, the 2014 Canadian Grand Prix.
HOLY CRAP, MERCS ARE HUMAN!
To the delight of casual F1 fans everywhere, Mercedes didn’t have it go their way for the first time this season. They were dominating as usual, half a minute ahead of at the time, 3rd placed Nico Hulkenberg, when, and in one of the most bizarre moments in F1 history, an electronics failure struck both Mercedes cars at the same time, with their MGU-K units failing, and their lack of top speed were not only making Renault look fast for once, but they were losing in the region of 2-3 seconds a lap to the rest of the field. Things got even crazier when Lewis Hamilton had to retire from the race as well with a rear-break failure, another dent in his Championship chase.
To be honest, I’m not sure what deserves more credit for Nico Rosberg’s 2nd place finish, Nico himself for a sensational salvage job, or thinking deeply and wondering just how freaking INSANELY fast that Mercedes car is. It drove half the race with an MGU failure and STILL ended up 3 laps from winning. That’s nuts, and a warning shot that the field still has a LONG way to go before anyone is a consistent threat to this team’s speed.
But, as a fan, it sure as hell made this race a HELL of a lot more interesting, amongst other things…And be honest, who WASN’T happy for Danny? I mean look at that damn smile.
Daniel Ricciardo, World’s Happiest Man
I was praising Daniel Ricciardo just two weeks on here for continuing to put in impressive drives… And then, this happens. He goes and wins from 6th on the grid, his WORST qualifying appearance of the year. Danny is knocking on the door of elite status very soon if he can keep this up, because everything seems to be falling into place for him in the Championship right now.
After his team let him down early on, Ricciardo’s not put a foot wrong, and after taking advantage of Vettel being held up by Hulkenberg, he put in the hot laps, jumped him, pounced on Perez’s mistakes and cleared Rosberg for the win in tremendous fashion. As big a feel good win in F1 as we’ve seen for a long time too – EVERYONE loves Daniel, and it’s obvious why. Danny is just an extremely likeable guy who never stops smiling, respectful, classy, and very fast. It was lovely to see the support he was getting universally, and the “Ricc-ar-do” chants from the Aussie fans were awesome to see. Smiles all around for the “best of the rest” driver of 2014.
Vettel’s not doing too bad either!
Vettel was seemingly very happy for Daniel and it was wonderful to see such sportsmanship between the Red Bull drivers…A lesson for Mercedes I’m sure. But to me, Seb’s just not having anything go his way at present. A solid start in 3rd, wrecked by Hulkenberg’s 1-stopping Force India, and with Red Bull giving up 10mph to the Mercedes powered cars in the straights, it rendered Seb in a near impossible situation where he was unable to pass, and putting 1st, left him vulnerable for Ricciardo to sneak past.. Which he did. Then again, Felipe Massa’s destroyed Williams came within 2 feet of wrecking his race on the final lap, so I guess it balanced itself out in the end.
Many will chalk up another one in the teammate duel bracket for Ricciardo, but there’s a lot of signs to suggest that Vettel’s finding his feet in that Red Bull now, and if it wasn’t for the 1-stopping Force India, I suspect he would have won comfortably. But that’s racing, and the next fight will be a fun one in Austria, a track neither has gone too before. Still, I think he’ll gladly take the 15 points with Hulkenberg and Alonso’s mediocre results, and Hamilton’s DNF.
Williams Needs New Strategists
Sorry Williams, I want you to do well, really I do… but Felipe Massa REALLY should have won this today. After Red Bull