THIS morning’s (Perth time) Canadian Grand Prix was not a happy hunting ground for Daniel Ricciardo.
The popular Perth racer had a series of misfortunes and finally finished seventh, two places back from his grid position.
He had a good start but was balked by Nico Rosberg, who had speared off the Montreal circuit after yet another tangle with the Mercedes of teammate and pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton.
Rosberg wobbled back on track right in front of Ricciardo’s Red Bull Renault, which allowed Ricciardo’s teammate Max Verstappen to zip past.
Then the ultrasoft tyres of the Ricciardo’s car began to fade and after the first pit stop he ended up behind the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, and unable to get past.
Up front, Ferrrari’s Sebastien Vettel made a brilliant start from third to shoot past both Mercedes on the front row and seemed set for victory.
But the Ferrari team made the same error as Red Bull did in Monaco and pulled the car in for an unnecessary pit stop, which gifted the race to Hamilton.
Third was Valtteri Bottas in the Williams, with Verstappen fourth, Rosberg fifth and Raikkonen sixth.
Ricciardo’s woes continued later in the race when a locked brake flat-spotted his tyres, forcing him into an extra pit stop.
“We just couldn’t really get a good break today,” he said of the race in which nothing went right for him.
“A few scrappy parts from my side and, I would say, the team’s side. It was not a clean race from both of us.
“Fortunately in seven days we’ll get another chance. We definitely need to make it a better race in Baku. It’s a street circuit, so it should be fun and I’m always excited to go to a new track.’
The event in the capital of Azerbaijan, is new to the F1 calendar.