Red Bull's Ricciardo wins Chinese GP

Daniel Ricciardo

When the race resumed on lap 36, Bottas got a good start ahead of Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, however, the advantage was all Red Bull's with their fresh ultrasoft tyres.

And two laps later he stormed past Hamilton to move up to third place and set his sights on second placed Vettel while Verstappen re-passed Hamilton (he had earlier passed him at the start of the race) and followed Ricciardo to what could have been a 1-2 finish for Red Bull Racing.

His win makes him the first driver to beat Sebastian Vettel who won the Bahrain Grand Prix and Australian Grand Prix.

Daniel Ricciardo says his victory in the Chinese Grand Prix shows how "crazy" Formula 1 is after he almost missed qualifying on Saturday.

And if anyone you know had predicted Daniel Ricciardo winning the Chinese Grand Prix after a weekend that saw him nearly miss qualifying due to a turbo failure in his Red Bull-Tag Heuer RB 14's Renault engine, then you know they are definitely pulling your leg!

While Ricciardo enhanced his reputation as one of F1's best overtakers, his team-mate Verstappen enhanced his reputation for impetuosity. The Dutchman was in a strong position to win after stopping for soft tyres during the Safety Car period, but an audacious pass attempt on Lewis Hamilton around the outside of Turn 6 forced him off the track and behind his teammate.

Red Bull's victory leaves the Formula One season in a scramble after just three races. However, like Hamilton in Australia, Vettel did little wrong yet still ended up crossing the line in P8 after his tangle with Verstappen.

Free practice had suggested tyre wear would be a crucial factor in the Chinese Grand Prix, with Pirelli bringing the new ultra-soft tyres to the race, but nobody was sure just how long the tyres would last.

Mercedes have edged in front in the constructors' championship by a single point from the Italian team, which saw Vettel's lead at the top of the drivers' standings cut to nine points by Hamilton.

A week after claiming an incredible fourth place for Toro Rosso-Honda, Pierre Gasly didn't have such fun in Shanghai - colliding with team-mate Brendon Hartley mid-race. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) +8,8943.

This was Ricciardo's sixth career win, and his first since a victory a year ago in Azerbaijan, the venue for the next race in two weeks.

"It is disappointing. We gave it everything we had", said Hamilton's teammate Bottas.

As the Red Bulls charged, Hamilton pointed out to his team in the pits that they had been caught out by not stopping to change what was the slowest tyre which already had significant life on it. The race stewards ruled that it was an overly optimistic move from Verstappen, and hit the Red Bull with a 10-second time penalty.

Nico Hulkenberg was sixth ahead of Fernando Alonso, who clashed with Vettel in the closing stages to barge past and take a position off the Ferrari driver.

"Daniel has been clinical in the way that he's executed that race". He was promoted to fourth after the Red Bull driver's penalty was applied. "We were giving everything we had and it kind of felt like we deserved victory". "I'm thankful for a couple of incidents that kept us kind of in the battle".

Bottas called it a "fair" pass and finished second with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen in third. "Sometimes you've just got to lick the stamp and send it", explained the Australian.

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