Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Daniel Ricciardo wins Chinese F1 GP

Daniel Ricciardo wins Chinese F1 GP

Ricciardo's move over Bottas for the lead was particularly impressive, coming from way back to pass him on a tight corner.

Ferrari and Mercedes, who locked-out the first and second rows respectively, will both start the race on the more durable soft tyres, while both Red Bull's are committed to starting with the ultrasofts.

The move that put Ricciardo into the lead. He moved past Raikkonen, Hamilton, Vettel and Bottas to clinch his first win since Baku a year ago.

Ricciardo had been running fifth mid-race when the safety auto was brought out to clear up debris following a clash between the Toro Rosso drivers Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley.

But Valtteri Bottas executed the flawless undercut to take the lead while his team-mate Lewis Hamilton struggled for pace.

"I don't seem to win boring races", said Ricciardo after claiming his first victory since last June's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

"We had a bit going on but I'm very happy to have got it done, for the boys as well", he added, "they worked their arse off for two hours and if we'd just missed it by a minute it would have been heart-breaking".

Lap 40: Ricciardo out-brakes Hamilton in the chicane for third place.

Ricciardocelebrates on the podium as second-placed Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen
Ricciardocelebrates on the podium as second-placed Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen

The German locked a wheel going into the hairpin on lap 43 and ran a little wide.

Lap 53: Raikkonen catches Bottas with Verstappen just behind.

Nico Hulkenberg was sixth for Renault, ahead of Fernando Alonso's McLaren and an upset Vettel, whose championship lead has been cut to nine points.

Vettel had held third position but was spun around by Verstappen at Turn 14 after the Red Bull driver tried a late move. He had a tyre advantage, yes, but he made a series of brilliant overtaking moves, and gave Verstappen a lesson in how to balance aggression with judgement.What happens next?

Lap 18: Hamilton pits for medium tyres and emerges fractionally ahead of Ricciardo after the Red Bull loses time behind Magnussen's Haas.

The Australian faced a nervous two-hour wait before qualifying after a turbo failure in his RB14 left his team in a race against time to fit a replacement power unit to enable his participation.

Driver of the day No contest this - Ricciardo was stunning in the closing laps.

Chinese fans have taken to Hamilton in recent years - the Briton has five career wins in Shanghai Seasoned F1 fans have seen an terrible lot over the years in the paddock.

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