Aussies score points in Chaotic Canada

Monday 10 June, 2024
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Both Oscar Piastri and Daniel Ricciardo have picked up points in a wet and wild Canadian Grand Prix, which was won by Max Verstappen.

After impressive performances in Qualifying, both drivers worked hard in the 70-lap affair as Piastri crossed the line in fifth place and Ricciardo in eighth, scoring his first points finish in a Grand Prix this season.

The P8 proved a brilliant result for the West Australian as he was forced to work his way back up the field following had a nightmare start.

Starting the race from fifth place, Ricciardo made a false start off the line and then lost four places, before being hit with a five second penalty during his pit stop – eventually coming out in 12th.

However, some good fortune went Ricciardo’s way as three drivers ahead of him in Carlos Sainz, Alex Albon and Sergio Perez were involved in an incident that saw them all retire. 

Ricciardo then made a late charge to make up multiple places and finish eighth overall. 

As for Piastri, he was cruising in fourth place for most of the race with his drama affecting him in the final stages of the race – the Victorian moving up to third before being involved in an altercation with polesitter George Russell, five laps from the chequered flag.

Piastri lost that battle and dropped to P4 before Russell’s Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton made a late pass on Piastri to reach the chequered flag in fourth place, with the Australian settling for fifth.

The young Aussie’s McLaren teammate Lando Norris finished the race in second behind Verstappen, despite having built an 11-second lead – a delayed decision to switch to dry tyres ultimately costing him the lead and the win.

The Formula 1 World Championship continues in two weeks with the Spanish Grand Prix to take place at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on 23 June.
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