Mercedes Racing Team Finally Loses Grand Prix In Canada

It had to happen eventually.  After dominating the 2014 F1 motor racing season for the first six Grand Prixs, the Mercedes racing team was finally dethroned from a 1-2 finish at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal this weekend due to car malfunctions and a surprise challenge from the Red Bull team.

The two Mercedes drivers, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton took an early lead on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve racetrack for the first 48 laps.  Fans were interested to see how the two drivers would race together after a bitter fallout at the Monaco Grand Prix two weeks ago.

But after the 48th lap, both cars began emitting smoke from the engines that forced Hamilton off the track and out of the race.  Rosberg managed to keep himself in the race, and retained his position as leader of the pack until the final lap of the race.

The Red Bull racing team entered the 2014 season as one of the favourites to lead the F1 standings throughout the year, but struggled to keep up with Mercedes in the first six races of 2014.  But Canada was the location where Red Bull finally caught their break.

As Rosberg led drivers into the 70th and final lap, Red Bull’s lead drivers Daniel Ricciardo and former F1 champion Sebastian Vettel made their push to finally challenge Mercedes.  In one of the final corners of the race, Ricciardo managed to squeeze ahead of Rosberg and take the checkered flag.  Rosberg managed to retain second place in Montreal, with Vettel rounding out the top three.

Finishing second allowed Rosberg to earn another 18 points, and take a greater lead over Hamilton in the standings.  But the real betting upset was that Mercedes finally lost a Grand Prix, which could provide Red Bull an opportunity to effectively challenge their rivals in the second half of the 2014 F1 season.