Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Daniel Ricciardo wins 2018 F1 Chinese Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo wins 2018 F1 Chinese Grand Prix

Ricciardo, who had to have his blown engine rebuilt on Saturday ahead of qualifying, started from the third row. They are all pretty fun.

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

Verstappen looked on course to benefit most, but when he ran off track trying to pass the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, Ricciardo grabbed the initiative.

Sebastian Vettel had taken both of the opening races of the season, but could finish only eighth after he sustained damage to his vehicle during his coming together with Verstappen.

It provided both men with the advantage of quicker, fresher tyres than their rivals, but as Ricciardo excelled in picking off Kimi Raikkonen, Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas in an overtaking masterclass, Verstappen faltered.

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Finishing on the podium with Ricciardo was Valttieri Bottas of Mercedes and Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari.

Daniel Ricciardo at the post-race press conference: "Once I was aware we had the pace I wasn't going to let it slip".

Kevin Magnussen finished in the points for the second straight week as he brought his Haas F1 auto home 10th a week after finishing fifth in Bahrain.

It enabled Hamilton, himself fortunate to finish fourth after a self-proclaimed disastrous weekend, to reduce the gap in the drivers' championship from 17 to only nine points.

However, when a mid-race Safety Car was deployed, Ricciardo dived back into the pits to fit a new set of soft tyres, returned to the track and began picking his way through the field, taking the lead from Valtteri Bottas on lap 45 and never looking back.

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For Ricciardo, he finally had reason to celebrate after he just missed a podium spot at home in Australia following a grid penalty, and had to retire in Bahrain due to mechanical problems. Vettel, Carlos Sainz of Renault and Haas' Kevin Magnussen rounded out the top 10. I feel every win I have had has been in similar circumstances. "If we put ourselves 24 hours ago, I thought we may be starting from the back of the grid". The team were rewarded for getting out in qualy but this is the best reward.

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

"Obviously, [the soft tyres were] giving us a good bit of grip on the restart". "I just haven't had the pace since yesterday (Saturday), and I struggled with the vehicle". I have got to rectify that and get back into normal performance mode otherwise more points will be lost. The 35 points netted by Red Bull in China sees them take third place with 55 points with McLaren fourth on 28 points (22 of those courtesy of Alonso). He managed his tyres well in the opening stint, stayed patient amidst the chaos of the Safety Car period and executed his overtakes perfectly in the second half of the race.

"This is racing, these things happen". "Sometimes you've just got to lick the stamp and send it", explained the Australian.

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