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Daniel Ricciardo overtakes five to win sensational Chinese Grand Prix

16 April, 2018, 02:07 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton

Ricciardo started sixth, and the ability to threaten on a victory at the Aussie appeared after the accident, the two pilots Toro Rosso.

The Australian started from the third row, but took advantage when the safety auto came out on the 31st lap to allow him to get fresh, soft tires when the other leaders were running on worn rubber and couldn't get in quickly to change.

Ricciardo had been at it departure 4 times world champion Lewis Hamilton along with the Briton&rsquo Mercedes crew mate with feature flair and also compared to workforce mate Max Verstappen's botched efforts.

With Ricciardo now untouchable, Raikkonen began to pressure Bottas for second, but the younger Finn held on.

For Ricciardo, he finally had reason to celebrate after he just missed a podium spot at home in Australia following a grid penalty, and had to retire in Bahrain due to mechanical problems.

Shocker: While it was celebrations for one Red Bull it was disappointment for the other. Nico Hulkenberg ("Reno") +21,0527.

When a Virtual Safety Car was called late in the race, the Australian pitted and emerged with fresher tyres than his rivals.

With 56 laps in the books, Ricciardo crossed the line 8.8 seconds clear to record his sixth F1 race win and open Red Bull's account for the season with a famous victory in Shanghai.

Verstappen tried to pass Hamilton around the outside but instead nearly bumped wheels and went off the track.


But Ricciardo won in a harum-scarum race past year, so anything could happen.

As the drivers reeled off the closing laps with Ricciardo looking serene at the front, the main on-track interest was the battle for second place, with Bottas closely followed by Raikkonen and Verstappen.

Kimi Raikkonen, who finished third: "I think we made a good start, got blocked a bit and got passed in the first corner".

Verstappen was too far back to try a realistic move but he threw his vehicle down the inside at the apex, locked his rear wheels and slid into Vettel, earning a 10-second penalty from the stewards for causing a collision.

However then Verstappen got over-eager again and when he tried to get ahead of Vettel he touched and they both spun, allowing Raikkonen and Hamilton to get ahead.

Kevin Magnussen finished in the points for the second straight week as he brought his Haas F1 vehicle home 10th a week after finishing fifth in Bahrain. Vettel, Carlos Sainz of Renault and Haas' Kevin Magnussen rounded out the top 10.

"I've only got six - it's not a whole lot but the wins always seem to come under some circumstances". Hamilton finished fourth on Sunday and was never a factor. Initially it was "OK, maybe now we can fight for the podium" and at the rate that we were going through the field, and I could feel the tires were holding on well, then it was obviously fully set on the win.

"I saw him defend so I wanted to go shallower but I thought about pulling out..."

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