F1 2018: Ricciardo wins thrilling Chinese GP

F1 2018: Ricciardo wins thrilling Chinese GP

F1 2018: Ricciardo wins thrilling Chinese GP

Ricciardo was quick to praise his mechanics for their work on Saturday after he only made it into qualifying with seconds to spare after a blown engine in final free practice. "They all are pretty fun, but that was unexpected".

In order to allow the track marshalls to clean up the debris, the safety vehicle was deployed.

The 28-year-old has endured a frustrating campaign to date, with a fourth-place finish in Australia adding to his woes in the Gulf. Vettel dropped behind after colliding with Verstappen at turn 14 before the end of the race, which dropped him down the order. Ricciardo took the lead with just 10 laps to go when he charged past race Valtteri Bottas, who finished second in a Mercedes.

Valtteri Bottas just about held on to second place after coming under intense pressure from Kimi Raikkonen in the closing stages as the two Finn' joined the Australian on the podium.

The Chinese Grand Prix looked like it was going to be a replay of the first two Grands Prix of the 2018 season as Sebastian Vettel took the lead from pole, Bottas put his Mercedes in front of Raikkonen and Verstappen on the ball passing both Hamilton and then Raikkonen to sit in third.

"Once I was aware we had the pace, I wasn't going to let that slip".

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.

The Australian started from the third row, but took advantage when the safety vehicle 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.

It got better for Ricciardo on lap 42, as he made a DRS-assisted move past Vettel to move up to second.

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

"I'm sure the team feels as high as I do right now, and I'm super, super thankful they helped me pull this off today". "We really thought we were going to start the race from the back, just over 24 hours later to be here now... this sport's insane".

Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton crossed the line fifth behind Verstappen but was promoted to fourth after the Dutchman's penalty was applied. Yesterday and today was a disaster on my side.

"I don't need to say anything here", said Vettel on the radio as he pointed the blame at Verstappen.

"We are the second-or third-fastest team at the moment, so we have some improving to do, but that's not impossible". Now I realized that I wasn and that people had a auto to triumph't definitely going to be fulfilled until finally I had been in the lead. We had the soft tyres, so I knew I could get more out of the braking than them.

"Obviously, [the soft tyres were] giving us a good bit of grip on the restart". The win also sees Red Bull consolidate their third place standing in the Constructors' Championship.

Verstappen was having a relatively quiet race, until a safety auto on lap thirty-two offered him the opportunity to try an aggressive - and potentially lucrative - strategy.

Quote of the day: Daniel Ricciardo brilliantly summed up his racing philosophy on the podium, saying "sometimes you've just got to lick the stamp and send it".

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