Friday, 20 April, 2018

Ricciardo Wins Chinese F1 Race

Daniel Ricciardo GETTYDaniel Ricciardo thinks Max Verstappen was"greedy
Elias Hubbard | 16 April, 2018, 02:08

Ricciardo, who had to have his blown engine rebuilt on Saturday ahead of qualifying, started from the third row.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo has emerged victor of the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes Valteri Bottas and Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo took a sensational victory in the Chinese Grand Prix as a chaotic final 20 laps threw the championship wide open.

Only a minor miracle by his mechanics that were well-intentioned allowed him to be eligible sixth, placing Ricciardo in the suitable location for you to capitalise to the safety vehicle that frees the race rsquo & Red Bull;s way.

He took the lead on the 45th lap, overtaking Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes - one of several impressive overtakes from the Australian.

"I don't seem to win boring races", Ricciardo followed up afterwards. "They're all pretty fun", said an elated Ricciardo, who filled one of his shoes with champagne on the podium and chugged it in a signature "shoey" victory celebration.

Bottas called it a "fair" pass and finished second with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen in third. "Frustrated at the sport, frustrated at all the variables involved in the sport", Ricciardo said.

"That was obviously giving us a good little bit of grip on the restart", Ricciardo said.

"We really thought we were going to miss qualifying start the race at the back", he added.

But as one Red Bull shone, the other clashed.

Lewis Hamilton finished a frustrated fifth, but was promoted back ahead of Verstappen, who was penalised for causing a collision with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. Verstappen was slapped with a 10-second time penalty.

Vettel managed to pull out of DRS range and hold his lead at around three seconds through the opening stint of the race ahead of Bottas on the Soft compound tyre.

Raikkonen also slipped behind the fast-starting Max Verstappen, as did Lewis Hamilton, who found himself fifth at the end of the first lap. Bottas has 40 points in third place and Ricciardo is fourth with 37.

"Opportunity be knocking! That's what I would say". "I just haven't had the pace since yesterday (Saturday), and I struggled with the vehicle". With 12 laps to go, Ricciardo made a fearless pass on Bottas heading into Turn 6, forcing the Mercedes driver to yield the position. "Just depending on the conditions and whoever gets the tires and the set up right". I could tell that obviously we had the advantage coming in at the safety auto and having those softs. "It felt like we should have had the victory, but not today".

"This is racing, these things happen".

Spaniards Fernando Alonso for McClaren and Renault's Carlos Sainz finished seventh and ninth respectively.

That cleared the way for the 28-year-old to produce four of his infamous passing manoeuvres on both Ferrari and Mercedes drivers to take what is the sixth win of his career.

What a difference a week makes.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo battles with Nico Hulkenberg.

"This sport's insane", he said.

"A week ago I was with my head down after two laps on Sunday". Sometimes I question why I chose this sport.

"But that when you get a day like this, it's worth 50 of those bad ones".

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