Daniel Ricciardo has taken his first ever Formula One victory after surviving a a drama-filled race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.
The Australian led home the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and his Red Bull Racing team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who claimed his second podium of the season after an impressive qualifying performance that put him third on the grid.
Ricciardo took advantage of power problem which affected both Mercedes cars and forced Lewis Hamilton to retire from the race.
Rosberg managed to nurse his car home in second place ahead of defending world champion, and Ricciardo’s teammate, Sebastian Vettel in third.
The final lap of the race was run behind a safety car after a horrifying high-speed collision between Mexican Sergio Perez of Force India and Brazilian Felipe Massa of Williams saw them fly in to the barriers and both drivers seemingly lucky to escape serious injury.
Ricciardo becomes the fourth Australia to win a Formula One race and was almost lost for words following the win.
“I am shocked – this is ridiculous,” he said.
The win means Ricciardo has now beaten Vettel in the last five races
Jenson Button was fourth for McLaren ahead of Nico Hulkenberg for Force India and Fernando Alonso for Ferrari.
Valtteri Bottas for Williams, Jean-Eric Vergne for Toro Rosso, Kevin Magnussen for McLaren and Kimi Raikkonen for Ferrari rounded out the top 10.
Nico Rosberg now leads the drivers championship with 140 points ahead of Hamilton on 118. Ricciardo is now third with 79 points.