Daniel Ricciardo wins Chinese GP after series of overtakes

  • Daniel Ricciardo wins Chinese GP after series of overtakes

Daniel Ricciardo wins Chinese GP after series of overtakes

Ricciardo stormed away, ultimately finishing 8.894 seconds ahead of Bottas but the Finn came under pressure from Raikkonen and Verstappen, both of whom got past Hamilton and got into the fight for second place.

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.

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.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo believes his surprise Chinese Grand Prix win is proof that he can become a Formula One champion. 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.

Red Bull assessed their options.

Mercedes' Hamilton missed out on the podium for the first time this season, crossing the line fifth behind Verstappen.

"He's learning so for sure, he'll have taken a lot of lessons out of this Grand Prix".

The Brit was soundly beaten by Bottas in qualifying, and couldn't match his team-mate or Vettel for pace in the race. It seemed the German would be within DRS range and able to challenge Bottas, but the Mercedes driver seemed to have enough to hold Vettelat at bay, despite appearing to suffer from a blistered right-rear tire.

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

"Saturday and Sunday felt like a disaster from my side", Hamilton said. With nothing to lose, Red Bull's pit-wall crew immediately called in their drivers Max Verstappen and Ricciardo in to change their tyres from the harder medium compound Pirellis to the soft compound tyres.

"At the rate we were going through the field, and I could feel the tyres were holding on well, I was obviously fully set on the win".

Red Bull faced a race against time to replace Ricciardo's power unit after a turbo failure during FP3, with the team getting him on track with one minute to spare in Q1.

Elsewhere, Renault's Nico Hulkenberg finished a fine sixth, with teammate Carlos Sainz ninth and Haas driver Kevin Magnussen rounding out the top ten. "(We were) thankful for a few incidents ahead that kept us in the battle".

Chinese fans have taken to Hamilton in recent years - the Briton has five career wins in ShanghaiSeasoned F1 fans have seen an terrible lot over the years in the paddock. I was expecting him to come earlier. Daniel's 28. He's got a lot of experience behind him.