F1 2018 Chinese Grand Prix: Could 2nd or 3rd have won?

Daniel Ricciardo

How did Ricciardo do it?

And so, having sparked a brief spat with Hamilton at the previous race in Bahrain, this week Verstappen found himself needing a chat with Vettel.

Ricciardo during the mid-point of the race was in sixth position, while Sebastian Vettel, Bottas and Raikkonen were fighting up front.

"Holy Testicle Tuesday", the 28-year-old exclaimed when asked what his reaction would have been had someone suggested in winter testing that Red Bull would win a race before champions Mercedes this season.

The victory comes a day after Ricciardo's team narrowly avoided missing qualifying after replacing the Australian's power unit following a failure in final practice.

Ricciardo and teammate Verstappen made their moves toward the top after they opted to switch to soft tires during a safety vehicle period at about the mid point of the race.

The Australian carved his way through the field from sixth place, after taking on fresh tyres under a safety auto, to storm to the sixth grand prix victory of his career.

Daniel Ricciardo celebrates after the Chinese Grand Prix.

"I don't seem to win boring races", he grinned from the podium before chugging the champagne from his racing boot in a trademark "shoey". "They are all pretty fun but that was unexpected". The Red Bull team could not hide their delight, imploring the Australian to now challenge Vettelfor second spot.

It was not the first time Mercedes had been caught out on strategy this season - Hamilton lost the win in the first race in Australia because of a miscalculation in the pits. The Mercedes soon passed Raikkonen, but Vettel followed closely behind.

"It is disappointing. We gave it everything we had", said Hamilton's teammate Bottas. He apologised to Vettel afterwards.

Further down the field, Vettel was obviously suffering with a damaged auto, as Fernando Alonso squeezed past the German on lap 55 to take seventh place, with the Ferrari driver complaining of having been pushed off the track.

With Ricciardo now untouchable, Raikkonen began to pressure Bottas for second, but the younger Finn held on.

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

He finished in fifth place, ahead of Niko Hulkenberg's Renault.

Driver of the dayNo contest this - Ricciardo was stunning in the closing laps.

With AP Photos.Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull won Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix to claim the sixth victory of his Formula One career.

The race returned to green on Lap 36 with Bottas leading the field away, but both Red Bulls were quickly up to speed on their fresher, softer tyres. He managed his tyres well in the opening stint, stayed patient amidst the chaos of the Safety Car period and executed his overtakes perfectly in the second half of the race.

"They're all sweet but until I got Valtteri that I wasn & rsquo; t even, to tell the truth".

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