Red Bull racer Daniel Ricciardo charged to victory during the final minutes of the thrilling Canadian Grand Prix.
High temperatures and a lengthy safety car period right at the beginning of the race, meant that tyre strategy formed a central part of a Montreal race.
The top fiver finishers were separated by just five seconds in the closing stages of the race with the drivers on younger and fresher tyres using them to gain an advantage as the grand prix drew to a close. With just two laps to go, Ricciardo took the lead from Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, while Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel completed the podium. All three adopted a two-stop strategy.
Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli tyres, said: “Once again, Canada delivered a thrilling grand prix: this time in hot conditions, which led to plenty of interesting tyre strategies.
“With such an action-packed race, we saw plenty of improvisation from several drivers as they attempted to use tyre strategy to their best advantage.
“Congratulations to Daniel Ricciardo for his first win after a truly memorable race. Congratulations also to Force India, which has often taken a different approach to tyre strategy compared to their rivals in all the time we have been involved in Formula One. In Canada this led to a good result, which could have been even better had it not been for the accident right at the end, demonstrating again how tyre strategy can be used to boost final positions.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office