Daniel Ricciardo wins Chinese GP after series of overtakes

Daniel Ricciardo

He took advantage when the safety vehicle came out on the 31st lap to allow him to get fresh tyres.

At that point, Bottas held a narrow lead over Vettel after undercutting the pole-sitting Ferrari at the first round of pit-stops. Verstappen was ahead of teammate Ricciardo but he ran wide after an overtaking move on Hamilton went wrong, which allowed his teammate ahead.

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.

Hamilton leaves China second in the championship, and just nine points behind Vettel, but he wasn't happy after what he called "a disaster" of a weekend.

Quick across FP1 and FP2, the Briton was out-qualified by the two Ferraris and his teammate Valtteri Bottas, resulting in P4 on the grid.

Earlier frantic opening lap had seen Verstappen to jump up to third, with Lance Stroll also one of the earlier benefactors of the early stages. The powerhouse Ferrari and Mercedes teams remained on used mediums.

The collision that saw the safety auto deployed was deemed to be Pierre Gasly's fault, and he was given a ten-second penalty.

"We are the second-or third-fastest team at the moment, so we have some improving to do, but that's not impossible". I feel every win I have had has been in similar circumstances.

However, misjudging the distance between himself and the former four-time world champion led to the two making contact and spinning 180 degrees as Hamilton and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen managed to make it through. Now I realized that I wasn and that people had a vehicle to triumph't definitely going to be fulfilled until finally I had been in the lead.


"We have got a tough battle ahead of us, particularly on my side".

"We have been underperforming".

"Without them yesterday and without the strategy today we wouldn't have made it". I have got to rectify that and get back into normal performance mode otherwise more points will be lost.

"I don't think I have to say anything here", a disgusted Vettel was heard saying over the radio in an obvious reference to the Dutchman's aggressive style. I knew there would be enough room, the tyres had enough grip. I am disappointed with myself that this is the outcome of the race.

Verstappen was having a relatively quiet race, until a safety vehicle on lap thirty-two offered him the opportunity to try an aggressive - and potentially lucrative - strategy.

"Occasionally you've simply must lick at at the postage and ship this", he added of this lunge on Hamilton for third place.

"In the end we would have needed the soft tyres to really go for it".

And the 28-year-old warned the pair that they should not give him such an opportunity again or else he will continue to make them pay.

"This is racing, these things happen".

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