Ricciardo: "Awesome" win worth 50 races like Bahrain


Ricciardo started sixth, and the ability to threaten on a victory at the Aussie appeared after the accident, the two pilots Toro Rosso.

Heading into the race, it looked like the soft-tyre wielding Ferraris and Mercedes would have the advantage, but Red Bull gambled with a tyre swap when the safety vehicle was brought out by a Toro Rosso clash.

Ricciardo had been at it departure 4 times world champion Lewis Hamilton along with the Briton&rsquo Mercedes crew mate with feature flair and also compared to workforce mate Max Verstappen's botched efforts.

Mercedes have edged in front in the constructors' championship by a single point from the Italian team, which saw Vettel's lead at the top of the drivers' standings cut to nine points by Hamilton. On the catwalk the company pilot "Red bull" was two Finn, Bottas and Raikkonen.

Daniel Ricciardo charged to victory in a dramatic Chinese Grand Prix, while his Red Bull Racing team-mate Max Verstappen was involved in a contentious clash with points leader Sebastian Vettel.

Free practice had suggested tyre wear would be a crucial factor in the Chinese Grand Prix, with Pirelli bringing the new ultra-soft tyres to the race, but nobody was sure just how long the tyres would last. Bottas was able to make light work of Raikkonen with a slick pass around the outside of Turn 1, with Vettel soon following through, albeit still unable to get back ahead of the Mercedes driver.

Red Bull assessed their options. Nico Hulkenberg ("Reno") +21,0527. The team made a very quick decision to stop both cars under the safety vehicle and it was a winning decision.

With 56 laps in the books, Ricciardo crossed the line 8.8 seconds clear to record his sixth F1 race win and open Red Bull's account for the season with a famous victory in Shanghai.

Verstappen carried on, but picked up a ten-second penalty that dropped him to fifth.

Due to the incident between Vettel and Verstappen, Renault F1's Nico Hulkenberg was sixth, 21.052 seconds behind race victor Ricciardo with McLaren-Renault's Fernando Alonso a surprise seventh place after Vettel's Ferrari looked vulnerable following Verstappen's collision. "From where we were yesterday you would not have believed we would be here today".

But Ricciardo won in a harum-scarum race previous year, so anything could happen. "(We were) thankful for a few incidents ahead that kept us in the battle".

Verstappen also tried to overtake the Ferrari driver but hit him, pitching both into a spin, letting Hamilton and Raikkonen through.

While Ricciardo enhanced his reputation as one of F1's best overtakers, his team-mate Verstappen enhanced his reputation for impetuosity. Daniel's 28. He's got a lot of experience behind him. I was expecting him to come earlier.

Bottas' second consecutive second placed finish sees him on 40 points while Ricciardo's win takes him to fourth place with 37 points.