Montreal GP result just a bump in the road for Mercedes

Red Bull Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia drinks champagne after winning the...

Red Bull Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia drinks champagne after winning the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on Sunday. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Dean McNulty, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:28 PM ET

So what did we learn from the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix at Montreal this past weekend?

Well, first of all, there can be no assumptions when it comes to the world’s top open-wheel racing series.

Going into the 70-lap event at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve it was virtually a universal assumption that either Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg would win, and the possibility of them finishing 1-2 was almost equally predetermined to be a certainty.

How did that work out?

It was easy to see why all the high forehead prognosticators were lining up to pick the Mercedes teammates to win on Sunday, after all, between the two of them they had six victories in six Grand Prix so far in 2014 and in four of those they did indeed finish 1-2.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the top step of the seventh podium: Lady luck scorned her heretofore darlings and turned her eye to a relative underdog, that being 24-year-old Daniel Ricciardo.


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