Shoe fits podium fin­ish


Wanneroo Times - - Sport -

DANIEL Ricciardo scored his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive trip to the podium with a thrilling third place in the Cana­dian Grand Prix in Mon­treal.

The Duncraig racer cel­e­brated with his now tra­di­tional ‘shoey’, drink­ing the cham­pagne from his size 9 Puma and shar­ing the skoll of the bub­bly with podium com­pere Sir Pa­trick Ste­wart.

The 70-lap race was led from start to fin­ish by Bri­tain’s Lewis Hamil­ton, with Mercedes team­mate Valt­teri Bot­tas sec­ond and Ricciardo third in his Red Bull Re­nault.

Max Ver­stap­pen cat­a­pulted his Red Bull into sec­ond place at the start af­ter clip­ping Se­bastien Vet­tel’s Fer­rari, but an elec­tri­cal prob­lem side­lined him af­ter just 11 laps.

Vet­tel’s car had some wing dam­age and he lost time with an early pit stop, re­sult­ing in an in­trigu­ing bat­tle for third place in the clos­ing stages.

The Force In­dias of Ser­gio Perez and Este­ban Ocon were hot on Ricciardo’s tail with Vet­tel, run­ning on a fresh set of ul­tra-soft tyres, clos­ing in on the trio.

The Perth driver was able to ease away as the Force In­dia duo and Vet­tel ar­gued over po­si­tion.

Five laps from the fin­ish Ocon and Vet­tel both tried to pass Perez into a cor­ner, only to make light con­tact and drop back.

Vet­tel then man­aged to squeeze past both Force In­dias to claim fourth.

Ricciardo said he could not af­ford any mis­takes with his op­po­nents ready to pounce.

“I had to be close to perfect but it wasn’t easy as the grip was low and the wind was crazy out there,” he said.

“Not the eas­i­est third place but when I saw the che­quered flag I was like ‘yes I can fi­nally breathe’.

“I had zero in­ten­tion of do­ing a shoey again, but the crowd was chant­ing and then Sir Pa­trick (Ste­wart) got in­volved so I thought ‘al­right, we might be on here’. I think it turned out pretty good.”

Team prin­ci­pal Chris­tian Horner was de­lighted with Ricciardo’s per­for­mance.

“An ex­cel­lent podium for Daniel to­day,” he said.

“He re­ally didn’t make any mis­takes, de­spite huge pres­sures from Force In­dias and Fer­rari be­hind. We banked track po­si­tion early on with the soft tyre with the in­ten­tion of go­ing to the end of the race and that worked out well.”

Pic­ture: Clive Ma­son/Getty Im­ages

Ac­tor Sir Pa­trick Ste­wart on the podium with Daniel Ricciardo tak­ing part in a ‘shoey’.

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