In a relatively short space of time Daniel Ricciardo has endeared himself to Formula 1, apart from boasting the heartiest grin in the sport he has a mean speed streak coupled to handy race craft which helped him to victory in Canada, his first at the pinnacle of motorsport, prompting a united chorus of praise from colleagues and rivals alike.
Here is some of the feedback in the aftermath of his big day:
Marco Mattiacci: “My congratulations go to Ricciardo for the first win of his career.”
Rémi Taffin, “Head of Track Operations: “Congratulations to all at Red Bull and to Daniel on his first win – we hope this will start a trend! We are pleased and proud to be part of this result.”
Franz Tost: “Well done to Daniel Ricciardo who won his first grand prix.”
Toto Wolff: “Congratulations to Daniel Ricciardo on his first grand prix win. He’s not just a quick guy but also a fresh new face as a Formula One winner, and that’s something very positive for our sport.”
Eric Boullier: As always, this circuit created the circumstances for an incredible race, some tense battles and the sport’s newest-ever victor, Daniel Ricciardo. Bravo, Daniel – yours was an exceptional performance.
Federico Gastaldi: “We saw a great Formula 1 race and we must say congratulations to Daniel Riccardo for his first win.”
Adrian Newey: “Daniel is an amazing young man. What impresses me most is how calming he is when he comes on the team radio.”
Christian Horner: “The boy has been brilliant all year. It was an incredible drive.”
Jenson Button: “Big congratulations to Daniel – I’m a big fan of his, he’s a great guy, and he’s obviously got the skills. Your first grand prix victory is always very special, so very well done to him.”
Jean-Eric Vergne: “First of all I would like to congratulate Daniel for his victory! This is the first but I’m sure it won’t be the last. He is a fantastic guy, a very fast driver and I feel great respect for him. Well done Daniel!”
Sebastian Vettel: “Congratulations to Daniel. It’s his day. We had a big help from Mercedes, unlike other weekends, but we were there to capitalise. It’s been a positive day. I’m happy for Ricciardo and the team. After the winter we had it was nice to break through and capitalise when the Mercedes had problems.”
Mark Webber: “For Daniel to get his first win was incredible for him. He hasn’t put a wheel wrong all year so far. There’s been testing regulations, wet Qualifyings, and all sorts of stuff that’s been thrown at him. But for him to notch up his first win is a big step for him.” (GP247)