I don't win boring races! - Ricciardo on insane China win

Frederick Owens
April 16, 2018

The four-time world champion now trails Vettel by nine points in the championship race and needs to up his display in Baku to prevent the German from gaining more ground in the title race.

Red Bull's pitwall and tacticians are levels above any other team on the grid and this was highlighted in the late call to pit when the safety auto was deployed on lap 31.

Ricciardo got quicker and quicker and took the lead on the 45th lap of the 56-lap race, overtaking Valtteri Bottas with a dive on the inside past the Mercedes driver.

In a typically boisterous bid for the podium, the Dutchman saw gaps where there were none, and wiped out Vettel at the hairpin on the 43rd lap.

Vettel heading for a podium position in third on lap 43 when Verstappen slammed into his side on turn 14, sending them both spinning and several places down the race order.

Raikkonen's teammate and championship leader Sebastian Vettel finished a lowly eighth following a collision with Red Bull's Max Verstappen, which earned the Dutch driver a 10-second penalty.

Ricciardo's win from sixth on the grid followed an turbo failure within the final 30 minutes of the final practice session on Saturday morning.

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.

Vettel dropped back to seventh - a position he then lost to McLaren's Fernando Alonso with two laps to go when the Spaniard passed him around the outside of Turn One and into Turn Two.

Unlucky Seb: After a clean getaway and a healthy lead it appeared as though Vettel was on track to make it a hatrick of wins to open season 2018.

"We didn't think we were going to get out in qualifying and, just over 24 hours later, now to be here.this sport's insane".

Lewis Hamilton also endured a frustrating afternoon, finishing in fourth place.

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"We are the second-or third-fastest team at the moment, so we have some improving to do, but that's not impossible".

"We have been underperforming".

"I guess the plan was to still hold off a little bit [on negotiations]", he said. "(We were) thankful for a few incidents ahead that kept us in the battle".

"Without them yesterday and without the strategy today we wouldn't have made it".

"I had pace over all the guys I got ahead but you still don't want to sit behind for too long".

Behind him, Valtteri Bottas came second after about 8.8 seconds then Kimi Räikkönen came third at 9.637 seconds.

"Obviously, [the soft tyres were] giving us a good bit of grip on the restart".

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

"This is racing, these things happen".

"Sometimes you've just got to lick the stamp and send it", Ricciardo said of the move.

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