Daniel Ricciardo charges to Chinese Grand Prix win

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton

Ricciardo didn't have to battle his team-mate, passing him when his move on Hamilton failed, then fought through the front runners easily, completing a brilliant move on Valtteri Bottas for the lead into Turn 6, cruising to victory in the end by almost 10 seconds.

While pleased to get out and eventually qualify sixth fastest, behind the Ferrari and Mercedes quartet and teammate Max Verstappen, Ricciardo said his patience is being tested with Red Bull's Renault engine.

On fresh Soft tyres, as opposed to the older Mediums employed by most of his rivals, Ricciardo took the restart from sixth place but worked his way up to grab the lead off the back of a series of stunning overtaking moves. What happened this morning wasn't the mechanics' fault but they had all the pressure to put the new engine in the auto in time and they did very well.

It was introduced so marshals could clear debris from the hairpin after a collision between Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly and Brendon Harley.

But the safety auto threw in a curve ball and Red Bull grabbed their chance.

But Valtteri Bottas executed the flawless undercut to take the lead while his team-mate Lewis Hamilton struggled for pace. I don't see to win boring races.

"I saved the thanks-yous for after the session, I just got out there, we didn't have time to mess around. They're all pretty fun", Ricciardo added.


Verstappen recovered to take fourth, but was handed a 10-second time penalty for causing the accident, dropping him to fifth, behind Hamilton.

Lap 18: Hamilton pits for medium tyres and emerges fractionally ahead of Ricciardo after the Red Bull loses time behind Magnussen's Haas. He had a tyre advantage, yes, but he made a series of brilliant overtaking moves, and gave Verstappen a lesson in how to balance aggression with judgement.What happens next?

The stewards agreed, hitting Verstappen with a 10-second time penalty.

Bottas came under pressure from compatriot Raikkonen during the closing stages but held on to take the runner-up spot. Vettel never recovered from the hit from Verstappen and lost seventh place to McLaren's Fernando Alonso on the penultimate lap before almost losing eighth to Carlos Sainz.

Lap 56: Ricciardo crosses the line for victory.

Lap 45: Ricciardo sneaks past Bottas for the lead of the race.

Mercedes have dominated in recent years in China.

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