Ricciardo delighted by shock China GP win

Ricciardo delighted by shock China GP win

Bottas finished second and Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari was third.

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas finished second while Kimi Raikkonen was third in a Ferrari.

"Two minutes later yesterday and we would have started the race today from the back.I'm super, super thankful that they helped me pull this off today".

SHANGHAI (AP) - Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo yanked off his right shoe, poured champagne into it as he stood on the podium, and then drank up to his unlikely victory in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.

While Ricciardo enhanced his reputation as one of F1's best overtakers, his team-mate Verstappen enhanced his reputation for impetuosity. At that point I knew that we had a vehicle to win and I wasn't going to be satisfied until I was in the lead. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) +20,4366. Raikkonen was left to settle for third, finishing just ahead of Verstappen on-track, with the Dutchman dropping to fifth after his time penalty was applied.

At the front, Ricciardo held his ground to win the Chinese GP 2018 in style, with a 8s lead from second placed Bottas. An opportunistic lunge by Pierre Gasly on teammate Brendon Hartley at Turn 14 resulted in contact and a spin, as well as leaving debris through the corner that prompted the stewards to call for a Safety Car. 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.

Ricciardo claimed his sixth career F1 win. But he later gained from the safety auto which left him in fifth on fresh tyres, and then from Vettel being clipped by Verstappen during the closing stages.

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As the Red Bulls charged, Hamilton pointed out to his team in the pits that they had been caught out by not stopping to change what was the slowest tyre which already had significant life on it.

Nico Hulkenberg was a superb sixth for Renault, with Fernando Alonso getting his elbows out and squeezing Vettel, who was struggling with his tyres, off track in the opening sequence for seventh. Vettel was followed by Carlos Sainz and Kevin Magnussen.

Daniel Ricciardo at the post-race press conference: "Once I was aware we had the pace I wasn't going to let it slip". 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. "(We were) thankful for a few incidents ahead that kept us in the battle".

"I saw him defend so I wanted to go shallower but I thought about pulling out..." I didn't want to compromise my race.

"I've only got six - it's not a whole lot but the wins always seem to come under some circumstances".

Chinese fans have taken to Hamilton in recent years - the Briton has five career wins in ShanghaiSeasoned F1 fans have seen an very bad lot over the years in the paddock. "That is racing. These things happen".