2018 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix: Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo wins in a gripping twist! - The Financial Express

2018 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix: Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo wins in a gripping twist!

it was Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo taking the chequered flag, claiming the first win for Red Bull in 2018 Formula One Championship. Literally stealing the race from Ferrari and Mercedes who spent the better half of the race battling each other at the front of the grid.

By: | Updated: April 15, 2018 3:05 PM

2018 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix: Taking an advantage of a mid-race safety car it was Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo taking the chequered flag, claiming the first win for Red Bull in 2018 Formula One Championship. Literally stealing the race from Ferrari and Mercedes who spent the better half of the race battling each other at the front of the grid. Ricciardo’s cheeky win was best described by commentator Martin Brundle who called him the burglar of Formula 1.

Up until the safety brought out after the two Torro Rosso cars went into each was the monkey wrench in the intense fight between  Mercedes and Ferrari for the win. Red Bull saw the opportunity and seized it reeling both cars into the pits early for newer softer tyres. From then one Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were immediately out and on the hunt for the restart. Running from sixth place to fourth. Ricciardo then went after Kimi Raikkonen before taking a pass on Max Verstappen who ran wide trying to pass Hamilton. Even the reigning world champion could not hold.of Daniel on the softer compounds, the red bull ran past him before snatching a corner from Vettel in the next few laps.

Hamilton then made a pass on Vettel who must have started running his tyres bare trying to stay ahead of the Mercedes and then the Ricciardo’s  Red Bull. But that wasn't the end of Vettel's Red Bull troubles after contact from Verstappen sent them both spinning at the hairpin. The Red Bull driver copped a 10-second penalty, while Vettel sank down the field.
Ricciardo then made a pass on Valtteri Bottas despite his attempts to.close the door on Bottas around a corner. Holding the lead till the end of the race. Taking the sixth win of his career!

ClaDriverChassisEngineTime
1Daniel RicciardoRed BullTAG-
2Valtteri BottasMercedesMercedes8.894
3Kimi RaikkonenFerrariFerrari9.637
4Lewis HamiltonMercedesMercedes16.985
5Max VerstappenRed BullTAG20.436
6Nico HulkenbergRenaultRenault21.052
7Fernando AlonsoMcLarenRenault30.639
8Sebastian VettelFerrariFerrari35.286
9Carlos SainzRenaultRenault35.763
10Kevin MagnussenHaasFerrari39.594
11Esteban OconForce IndiaMercedes44.05
12Sergio PerezForce IndiaMercedes44.725
13Stoffel VandoorneMcLarenRenault49.373
14Lance StrollWilliamsMercedes55.49
15Sergey SirotkinWilliamsMercedes58.241
16Marcus EricssonSauberFerrari1'02.604
17Romain GrosjeanHaasFerrari1'05.296
18Pierre GaslyToro RossoHonda1'06.330
19Charles LeclercSauberFerrari1'22.575
20Brendon HartleyToro RossoHonda5 laps

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