Montreal: Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo passed Nico Rosberg’s crippled Mercedes with two laps to go to win 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.
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 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. 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 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. 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.