Chinese Grand Prix RESULT: Ricciardo WINS for Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo

Saturday's team effort clearly set the stage for Sunday's win, as a blown engine in practice meant changing power units in time for qualifying.

Daniel Ricciardo and Red Bull Racing pulled off a sensational win at the Chinese Grand Prix.

A bold pass on Valtteri Bottas for the lead capped a stunning charge from Ricciardo after Red Bull opted to pit him during a safety vehicle for fresh tyres.

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas nabbed second place on the podium, despite being neck and neck with Ricciardo throughout the race ahead of Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari, third. Verstappen also soon overtook Hamilton, who seemed unable to keep pace with the frontrunners. Yeah, frustrated at the sport, frustrated at all the variables that are involved in the sport.

"24 hours ago, I thought that we maybe starting at the back of the grid". "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. There's no clear favorite and plenty of questions. However, the Mercedes driver wasn't blocked for long, passing Raikkonen down the inside at Turn 3, before Vettel also shot past his team-mate. He finished fourth instead.

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. He led for the first 20 laps but fell back, first due to a pit stop and then after a collision with Red Bull's Max Verstappen on the 43rd lap. Vettel dropped behind after colliding with Verstappen at turn 14 before the end of the race, which dropped him down the order.

Ricciardo dived in for new soft tyres with 23 laps remaining, while erstwhile leader Bottas and his main challenger Sebastian Vettel stayed out on mediums having passed the pitlane entry before the safety vehicle was deployed.

Bottas was second while Raikkonen recovered from his bollard job to finish third ahead of Verstappen and Hamilton.

"I've got to try and get myself back into normal performance mode or more valuable points will be lost", said Hamilton. I had no pace and was just trying to hold on for whatever I had. With 12 laps to go, Ricciardo made a courageous pass on Bottas heading into Turn 6, forcing the Mercedes driver to yield the position.

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

Vettel ended up eighth and Kevin Magnussen took the last point for the American Haas F1 Team. Nico Hulkenberg was able to take sixth for Renault, while Fernando Alonso barged past Vettel with two laps to go for seventh, frustrating the Ferrari driver who had to settle for P8 at the chequered flag.

Sunday's win was the sixth of Ricciardo's career and all have been characterised by breathtaking and sometimes hairy overtaking manoeuvres, with the win taken from under the noses of others.

What a difference a week makes. He was promoted to fourth after the Red Bull driver's penalty was applied.

"This sport's insane", he said.

"This sport's insane. A week ago, I had my head down after two laps".

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

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