Formula One : Daniel Ricciardo wins Chinese GP

Formula One : Daniel Ricciardo wins Chinese GP

The main favorites of the season Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel the race in Shanghai in the net and are unable to bring British during the stage repeatedly lost the position and finished only fourth, and German because of a collision with Verstappen dropped to eighth place.

Ricciardo overtook Mercedes Luis Hamilton to move clear into third in the 46th lap before finishing ahead of Bottas eventually with a time of 1:35:36.380.

It was a decision that would cost early leaders Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel their chance to win, with a spectacular charge from Ricciardo allowing him to take victory for Red Bull, bouncing back from a tough Saturday that saw him nearly start last on the grid.

While Ricciardo enhanced his reputation as one of F1's best overtakers, his team-mate Verstappen enhanced his reputation for impetuosity.

"I don't think I have to say anything here", a disgusted Vettel said over his radio in an obvious reference to the Dutchman's aggressive style. "We should have had these new tyres" said Hamilton, and it was true indeed, the Red Bulls were quicker.Then Verstappen hit Vettel and they both spun with Vettel losing the most by dropping to P7. Hamilton, who has been off colour all weekend, salvaged fifth.

"Sometimes you just have to lick the stamp and send it", Ricciardo said. An opportunistic lunge by Pierre Gasly on teammate Brendon Hartley at Turn 14 resulted in contact and a spin, as well as leaving debris through the corner that prompted the stewards to call for a Safety Car.

He then picked of Vettel easily and then seized the lead from Bottas with a similarly bold move.




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. The Red Bull team could not hide their delight, imploring the Australian to now challenge Vettelfor second spot.

After his near-miss with Hamilton cost him a shot at victory, Verstappen recovered well - until he attempted to pass Vettel for third place.

Further down the field, Vettel was obviously suffering with a damaged auto, as Fernando Alonso squeezed past the German on lap 55 to take seventh place, with the Ferrari driver complaining of having been pushed off the track.

Behind him, Renault's Nico Hulkenberg drove a solid race for sixth, ahead of Alonso and an angry Vettel.

Daniel Ricciardo at the post-race press conference: "Once I was aware we had the pace I wasn't going to let it slip". "It felt like we should have had the victory, but not today". "I'm thankful for a couple of incidents that kept us kind of in the battle". I didn't want to compromise my race.

"This is racing, these things happen". The mild-mannered Finn had taken the lead and looked set to top the podium when he was usurped by the Aussie in a thrilling finish. Daniel's 28. He's got a lot of experience behind him.

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