Praise has poured in from up and down the pit lane to congratulate Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo after the Australian claimed a popular maiden Formula One win during Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.
Starting sixth, Ricciardo spent the opening phase of the race tucked up behind the two Williams cars, but an early stop saw him past Felipe Massa.
Having cleared his team-mate Sebastian Vettel at the final round of stops, Ricciardo went on to pass both Sergio Perez’s Force India and the ailing Mercedes of Nico Rosberg in the final laps of the grand prix to secure his first win in Formula One.
The likeable Australian becomes the 105th different winner in the history of the sport, as well as the second driver from the Red Bull Junior programme to win in F1, after Sebastian Vettel.
“Congratulations to Daniel for his first win, which is very, very special.”
Ricciardo’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel
“What an amazing race for Daniel to win his first Grand Prix. He’s been phenomenal since he joined the team and I think today he fully deserved the victory.”
Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner
“Congratulations to Daniel today. It’s awesome for him to get his first win and I know this will be a really special day for him.”
Lewis Hamilton – First time winner in Canada in 2007
“Congratulations to Daniel Ricciardo on his first Grand Prix win. He’s not just a quick guy but also a fresh new face as a Formula One winner, and that’s something very positive for our sport.”
Mercedes Executive Director Toto Wolff
“What a fantastic race! Big congratulations to Daniel – I’m a big fan of his, he’s a great guy, and he’s obviously got the skills. Your first grand prix victory is always very special, so very well done to him.”
15 time race winner Jenson Button
“I would like to congratulate Daniel for his victory! This is the first but I’m sure it won’t be the last. He is a fantastic guy, a very fast driver and I feel great respect for him. Well done Daniel!”
Former-Toro Rosso team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne
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