Jun 8, 2014, 5:10 PM EDT
Daniel Ricciardo was left in a state of shock after claiming his first ever grand prix victory in Canada today.
The Australian driver started sixth on the grid, but made the most of Mercedes’ problems with the W05 Hybrid car to pass Nico Rosberg with three laps remaining and win the race in Montreal.
Speaking to 1995 Canadian GP winner Jean Alesi on the podium after the race, Ricciardo was left with little to say.
“I’m still a bit in shock,” he began. “This is ridiculous… Lots of Aussie flags, it’s nice. The race really came to life in the last 15 to 20 laps. We saw Hamilton had a problem, and then we saw Rosberg was slow on the straights. I was really struggling to get past Perez, they had a pretty good car down the straight and he was holding me off well in the corners.
“We finally got a run out of the last chicane and made a nice move into turn one, and then set my sights on Nico. Then yeah, a couple of laps to go, just found myself in the right spot to get the DRS, and yeah… it’s just an amazing feeling right now. Really, really grateful for this.”
Ricciardo’s win has elevated him to third place in the drivers’ championship behind the two Mercedes drivers, and he has become just the fourth Australian winner of a grand prix, following in the footsteps of Jack Brabham, Alan Jones and Mark Webber.
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