Ricciardo Shines Brightest In China

Many expected a battle between Ferrari and Mercedes, but a safety car helped Red Bull driver, Daniel Ricciardo get his first win of the season. In the early stages, it was Vettel and Bottas slugging it out up front, before a safety car switched the game. Vettel dropped after Bottas beat him out of the […]

Many expected a battle between Ferrari and Mercedes, but a safety car helped Red Bull driver, Daniel Ricciardo get his first win of the season.

In the early stages, it was Vettel and Bottas slugging it out up front, before a safety car switched the game.

Vettel dropped after Bottas beat him out of the pit with 1.3s. Ferrari tried to use Raikkonen as a bollard, but Bottas passed him at Turn 3, and his teammate slipped past him shortly after.

Then Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly turned the game around.

Gasly dive bombed into his teammate, despite the absence of a gap and with Toro Rosso all over the track, the Safety Car was introduced.

Red Bull reacted immediately, docking Ricciardo and Verstappen. Bottas and Vettel could not stop, as they already passed their pit.

Verstappen tried to take on Hamilton, but almost bumped tyres and went off the track. His teammate came from nowhere and showed him how it is done, passing Hamilton smoothly.

Ricciardo’s next target was Vettel and after a couple of laps and corners, slipped past him on the back straight.

Verstappen tried to pass Vettel, but they clashed, causing both to spin, and allowing Hamilton and Raikkonen pass.

Ricciardo passed Bottas to take the lead and win in China. Bottas was second while Raikkonen recovered from his bollard job to finish third ahead of Verstappen and Hamilton.

 

Verstappen, though, dropped to fifth behind Hamilton.

 

Nico Hulkenberg was sixth ahead of Fernando Alonso, who clashed with Vettel in the closing stages to barge past and take a position off the Ferrari driver, Vettel, Carlos Sainz and Kevin Magnussen.

Result

1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull

2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 8.894s

3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 9.637s

4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 16.985s

5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 20.436s

6 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 21.052s

7 Fernando Alonso McLaren 30.639s

8 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 35.286s

9 Carlos Sainz Renault 35.763s

10 Kevin Magnussen Haas 39.594s

11 Esteban Ocon Force India 44.050s

12 Sergio Perez Force India 44.725s

13 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 49.373s

14 Lance Stroll Williams 55.490s

15 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 58.241s

16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 62.604s

17 Romain Grosjean Haas 65.296s

18 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 66.330s

19 Charles Leclerc Sauber 82.575s

20 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 5 LAPS

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