RICCIARDO – ‘Winning is weird’
GRID PENALTIES for Perez and Chilton
HAMILTON ‘needs run of victories’
… and MORE…
Ricciardo Ecstatic After First Win
His was the winning performance on Sunday, and Daniel Ricciardo let everyone know it with his trademark grin lighting up the paddock post-race. However, it still hasn’t sunk in for the Australian yet that he can count himself among the illustrious winners circle that F1 has to offer:
“I pictured myself as a kid standing up on top of the podium and when you’re up there it feels a bit weird.” said the Aussie in a BBC interview after the chequered flag.
“It’s not that we were leading the whole race, so it’s not that I had time to understand that I was going to win. It all happened in the last few laps, so I think that’s why it’s still taking a while to comprehend in my head.
“But really nice, a really good feeling. The race came to life at the end. Mercedes had their issues and it enabled us to close on them.”
MGU-K And Brake Problems On Hamilton’s Mind
Lewis Hamilton meanwhile was left to rue the Mercedes technical maladies that removed him from contention yesterday, and claimed only a run of victories would revive his title chances in the face of a renewed attack from Nico Rosberg.
“There was nothing I could do about our issues really.” said the Briton.
“We were managing the loss of power but as soon as I finally made the jump on Nico in the second pit stop, my brakes failed going into turn 10. That’s two DNFs now this season and now I have to try and recover the points gap again.”
The MGU-K system failure that hit the duo in Montreal crippled Rosberg and Hamilton alike, but the German was able too nurse his ailing machine to the finish in 2nd place to illustrate the superiority of Mercedes equipment over the rest of the field.
Grid Penalties for Max Chilton and Sergio Perez
Max Chilton felt team-mate Jules Bianchi was to blame for their first-lap smash that saw both Marussia cars eliminated, but the stewards disagreed and slapped a five-place grid penalty on the Englishman for the next race in Austria. Likewise Sergio Perez, who was punished for his last-lap crash with Felipe Massa after deviating from his normal racing line and catching the Brazilian unawares.
Newey To Leave F1 After 2015
Red Bull technical guru Adrian Newey has revealed 2015 will be his last season leading the design team on an F1 car, hanging up his sketchboard at the end of next year to focus on road-going projects and his other interest. The Englishman will remain at Red Bull to provide guidance and input to the team’s machinery, but will take a back seat on design.
“I am looking forward to some different challenges, I’ve had a great time in Formula 1, but it is time to get involved in different things.” said Newey.
“I will be involved in the initial layout and stuff [in 2015] then in the future I will be involved with the guys in the future just mentoring them and stuff and being an advisory really”.
Newey’s announcement signals the end to a career that has penned championship winning cars for Williams, McLaren and Red Bull alike across an almost thirty-year period.
No Penalty For Rosberg
Nico Rosberg avoided a penalty after cutting the final chicane in Montreal resisting pressure from the attacking Lewis Hamilton, a decision criticised by the Englishman’s fans on social media. The race stewards based their decision on the fact that the German could not avoid the incident having locked up under braking, and that Hamilton was not in a position to benefit from Rosberg’s mistake. The armchair jury however remain unconvinced.
Button Staying At McLaren?
McLaren have announced their confidence in lead driver Jenson Button publicly, with Eric Boullier speaking over the Canadian GP weekend of the 2009 World Champion’s ‘asset’ to the struggling team.
“Since I have joined McLaren I have found out what a great competitor he is.” said the Frenchman.
“I more and more appreciate what he can do. I’m very pleased and when the time comes to sit down then I would love to carry on with him.
When pressed for whether or not that meant an extension to Button’s contract was on the cards or not for 2015, Boullier indicated that would be the likely outcome.
“I expect him to, but we haven’t sat down properly yet.”