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Sebastian Vettel douses Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo with champagne on the podium at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal in celebration of Ricciardo's maiden F1 victory. Picture: Mathieu Belanger

Montreal, Canada - Australian Daniel Ricciardo celebrated his first Formula One victory on Sunday in a Canadian Grand Prix that put Red Bull back on top of the podium and dealt Mercedes its first defeat of the season.

An afternoon of high drama at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve ended behind the safety car after Felipe Massa's Williams smashed into the back of Sergio Perez's Force India as they entered the final lap.

Ahead of them, Ricciardo cruised to the chequered flag with championship leader Nico Rosberg second for Mercedes after starting on pole position in what turned out to be a thriller in Montreal.

Last year's winner Sebastian Vettel, the quadruple world champion, was third for Red Bull.

“I'm still a bit in shock,” beamed Ricciardo from the podium, where he was interviewed by 1995 Canadian GP winner Jean Alesi. “It's an amazing feeling right now.”

Rosberg still stretched his lead to 22 points after team mate Lewis Hamilton, his closest rival, retired with a rear brake problem.

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Felipe Massa and his Williams hit the wall hard after colliding with the Force India of Sergio Perez on the last lap.

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“It's been a decent weekend.”

“The points are important so I'm definitely pleased with that,” said Rosberg, who won two weeks ago in Monaco.

He and Hamilton had fought wheel-to-wheel, their cars touching at the hairpin on lap 46, before the 2008 world champion suffered his second blank in seven races.

“This has been a good track for me,” said Hamilton, “so to come here and not finish is sad for the team but we've got many more races ahead of us, so let's hope that there's more fortune coming in the future.”

The Mercedes pair had built up a comfortable lead but reported power problems half way through the race, with Rosberg holding out until he was passed by Ricciardo with two laps to go.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner said: “The boy has been brilliant all year.

“It was an incredible drive. It's been a great team effort. We beat Mercedes at the most unlikely track. We’re closing the gap.”

RED BULL REALISTS

Until Sunday, Mercedes had won every race and finished one-two in the previous.

Red Bull, who won the last nine races of 2013 with Vettel, have been racing to catch up after engine partner Renault started the year on the back foot.

“It's the first time we have beaten Mercedes this year and we managed to get a victory,” said Horner. “We're realists, we know we have a massive challenge ahead of us but there is still a long way to go in this championship. We're not even at the halfway point.”

McLaren's Jenson Button, winner in Canada in 2011, benefited from the last lap chaos to take fourth followed by Nico Hulkenberg in a Force India and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

Perez and Massa, who a few laps earlier had looked capable of getting on the podium, were both reported to be unscathed after their heavy impact with the barriers.

Starting alongside each other on the front row, Rosberg and Hamilton - a three times winner in Canada - had looked poised for another of their private duels.

Hamilton tried to force his way past at the start but was squeezed out and lost a place to Vettel.

Rosberg was unable to capitalise on Hamilton's setback, however, with the safety car immediately deployed after the two Marussias collided behind them and left debris scattered across the track.

He was warned by stewards after he cut the chicane while defending against Hamilton, said it had been a tough afternoon.

“I had to readjust all my braking points because I was arriving with so much less speed and pushing all these buttons to try and get the thing going again,” he said.

Finland's Valtteri Bottas finished seventh for Williams with Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne eighth for Toro Rosso and Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen ninth for McLaren. Kimi Raikkonen took the final point for Ferrari.

It was a disastrous trip to Canada for Marussia, who had celebrated scoring their first ever championship points in Monaco. - Reuters

RESULTS

1 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull – 1hr 39m12.830

2 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes +4.236sec

3 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull +5.247

4 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren +11.755

5 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India +12.843

6 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari +14.869

7 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams +23.578

8 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso +28.026

9 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren +29.254

10 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari +53.678

11r. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India +1 lap

12r. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams +1 lap

13 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber +1 lap

14r. Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber +6 laps

r Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus +11 laps

r Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso +23 laps

r Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes +24 laps

r Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham +47 laps

r Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus +49 laps

r Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham +63 laps

r Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia +70 laps

r Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia +70 laps

Fastest Lap: Felipe Massa – 1m18.504, lap 58.

DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes - 140

2 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes - 118

3 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - 79

4 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari - 69

5 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull - 60

6 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India - 57

7 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren - 43

8 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams - 40

9 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren - 23

10 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - 20

11 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams - 18

12 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari - 18

13 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - 8

14 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - 8

15 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso - 4

16 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia - 2

CONSTRUCTORS

1 Mercedes - 258

2 Red Bull - 139

3 Ferrari - 87

4 Force India - 77

5 McLaren - 66

6 Williams - 58

7 Toro Rosso - 12

8 Lotus - 8

9 Marussia - 2

10 Sauber - 0

11 Caterham - 0


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