Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Daniel Ricciardo wins Chinese GP after series of overtakes

Daniel Ricciardo wins Chinese GP after series of overtakes

Daniel Ricciardo and Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner were full of praise praise for the team's mechanics after they performed a last-minute power unit change prior to qualifying on Saturday for the F1 Chinese Grand Prix.

Bottas held off a late surge from Ferrari's Raikkonen to finish second, albeit nine seconds down on a jubilant Ricciardo.

The Australian benefitted from quick thinking from the Red Bull team, which pitted both its drivers at opportune moments in order to wrestle control of the race from Ferrari and Mercedes. Ferrari, which was leading the race at the time through Sebastian Vettel, was slower to react and lost the lead to Bottas.

Kimi Raikkonen finished an unexpectedly profitable third despite his Ferrari team hanging him out to dry early in the race to benefit his teammate's race strategy.

It was introduced so marshals could clear debris from the hairpin after a collision between Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly and Brendon Harley.

Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas appeared on course for an excellent victory over Vettel before the safety vehicle period after the Finn jumped the Ferrari during their pit stops.

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His pass on Lewis Hamilton on the turn 14 hairpin from well back was particularly audacious, seemingly catching the four-time world champion by surprise.

RedBull moved in to the season expecting to struggle Ferrari and Mercedes for its title and also a scarcity of dependability could prove two electricity retailers along with costly with just about every driver strength components.

With the leaders in his sights, the 28-year-old had a better run onto the 1.2km back straight to complete the easiest of his overtakes on Vettel using DRS. 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.

Bottas was in the lead at that stage ahead of Vettel, having overhauled the German during the pitstops, while Verstappen was fourth and Ricciardo sixth.

For the second week in a row, Bottas moved ahead of Raikkonen, while Verstappen fought his way past Hamilton and then Raikkonen, too, to take third.

Vettel briefly challenged Hulkenberg after his crash with Verstappen dropped him to seventh, but the Renault had also pitted for new tyres behind the safety vehicle, leaving the Ferrari driver with a pace disadvantage he wasn't able to overcome.

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Back at the front, Ricciardo serenely went on to take his first win of the season and his first since Baku a year ago, this after being three minutes from starting last in qualifying.

Mercedes have dominated in recent years in China.

Hulkenberg and Alonso claimed sixth and seventh, ahead of a furious Vettel in eighth.

A thrilling race and just reward for Red Bull after their tough start to 2018.

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

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