Canadian GP: Ricciardo wins ahead of Rosberg, Hamilton retires

By Andrew BensonChief F1 writer
Canadian GP: Daniel Ricciardo wins maiden race in thriller

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo passed Nico Rosberg's struggling Mercedes with two laps to go to win his first race in a thrilling Canadian Grand Prix.

Rosberg held on to take second ahead of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, helped by a last-lap safety car following a crash between Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa.

Canadian GP: Huge crash for Massa and Perez ends race

Rosberg's team-mate Lewis Hamilton retired with a brake failure and is now 22 points behind in the championship.

McLaren's Jenson Button stunningly took fourth with a late charge.

The Englishman passed Force India's Nico Hulkenberg and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso on the penultimate lap.

It was a sensational end to a race that was full of incident and tension, as Mercedes' early season domination of Formula 1 came to an end in the most remarkable of circumstances.

The first part of the race ran to form, with Rosberg narrowly ahead of Hamilton as the two Mercedes drove off into a race of their own.

Rosberg held on through the first pit stops but was quickly closed down by Hamilton thereafter.

Felipe Massa
Both Felipe Massa (pictured) and Sergio Perez were taken to hospital for precautionary brain scans after sustaining impacts of 27G, but have since been discharged

But just as the Englishman appeared to be setting up to pass his team-mate for the lead both cars suffered a simultaneous loss of hybrid power from the engine.

Hamilton took the lead during the second pit-stop period after Rosberg was delayed by a problem fitting a front wheel at his stop.

But on the very next lap Hamilton ran wide at the hairpin, a symptom of the total brake failure he was about to experience at the next corner.

That put Rosberg back into the lead and although Perez closed up, closely tracked by the Red Bulls, he was unable to pass, as he too was managing fading brakes.

Canadian GP: Lewis Hamilton disappointed with retirement

But with Rosberg just managing to hold off Perez and the Red Bulls, Ricciardo began to apply pressure to the Mexican, and passed him around the outside into Turn One with four laps to go.

The Australian, who joined Red Bull at the start of this season and has generally had the measure of his four-time world champion team-mate, quickly closed on Rosberg and passed him down the long final straight on lap 68 of 70.

"I'm still in shock. This is ridiculous," said Ricciardo. "The race really came to life the last 15, 20 laps. We saw Hamilton had a problem and then Rosberg was slow on the straights.

"I was struggling to get past Perez and we finally got a run out of the last chicane and got him into Turn One and then a couple of laps to go I found myself in the right spot to get the DRS. Amazing."

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said: "Amazing, the boy's driven brilliantly all year. The move of the race was around the outside of Perez a few laps from the end."

Canadian GP: Marussia team-mates collide on first lap

The race came to an abrupt end at the start of the final lap when Massa misjudged an attempt to pass Perez and his Williams crashed into the Mexican's Force India as they braked for the first corner.

The two cars narrowly missed hitting Vettel's Red Bull as they spun into heavy impacts with the tyre wall.

Both were taken to hospital for precautionary brain scans after sustaining impacts of 27G, but have since been discharged.

In the excitement, it was not immediately clear how Button, who was eighth with six laps to go, passed both Hulkenberg and Alonso for fourth.

Williams' Valtteri Bottas took seventh, ahead of the Toro Rosso of Jean-Eric Vergne, Kevin Magnussen's McLaren and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

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