Tom Penningtongetty

Ricciardo left bubbling after first F1 victory

DANIEL Ricciardo might have to get used to the taste of champagne.

The young Aussie (pictured) ended dreams of a "perfect season" for Mercedes by winning his first Formula One race, the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, telling reporters the victory was sweet indeed.

"Usually champagne is not my drink of choice, but today I started to love it," the 24-year-old said.

Ricciardo became the 105th driver to win an F1 race, and just the fourth Australian after Sir Jack Brabham, Alan Jones and Mark Webber. He took the checkered flag after catching championship leader Nico Rosberg just three laps from the finish.

Ricciardo's Red Bull team

mate and four-time champion Sebastian Vettel was third. Rosberg still leads the series on 140 points from Lewis Hamilton (who was forced to retire in Montreal with braking problems), on 118, while Ricciardo jumped to third on 79.