Sport Daniel Ricciardo storms to Chinese Grand Prix win with sensational drive

23:16  15 april  2018
23:16  15 april  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Australian Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo takes advantage of a superior team strategy to pull off a series of brilliant passing moves and win in Shanghai after starting the race from sixth on the grid.

Daniel Ricciardo has pulled off a brilliant drive to win the Chinese Grand Prix after starting the race from sixth on the grid. The Australian benefitted from quick thinking from the Red Bull team, which pitted both its drivers at opportune moments during the

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo celebrates winning the race.© REUTERS/Aly Song Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo celebrates winning the race. Daniel Ricciardo has pulled off a brilliant drive to win the Chinese Grand Prix after starting the race from sixth on the grid.

The Australian benefitted from quick thinking from the Red Bull team, which pitted both its drivers at opportune moments in order to wrestle control of the race from Ferrari and Mercedes.

"Holy s***!" was all Ricciardo could initially offer over the team radio after he was shown the chequered flag, with his team boss Christian Horner praising an "absolutely clinical" drive.

"Cut throat. Scary," Horner said.

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Daniel Ricciardo has pulled off a brilliant drive to win the Chinese Grand Prix after starting the race from sixth on the grid. “Sometimes you’ve just got to lick the stamp and send it,” Ricciardo said of the move. “I don’t know what it is, I don’t seem to win boring races.

Daniel Ricciardo after winning the Chinese Grand Prix . Daniel Ricciardo made a string of thrilling overtaking moves to snatch a surprise Chinese Grand Prix victory on Sunday after a safety car strategy gamble by his Red Bull team paid off handsomely.

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas finished second and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen third but the driver of the day was without a doubt Ricciardo, whose daring passing moves had the commentators gasping in disbelief.

It was Ricciardo's sixth win in Formula 1, with every one of those wins coming from outside a top three grid position, cementing his status as one of the most exciting drivers in the sport.

His pass on Lewis Hamilton on the turn 14 hairpin from well back was particularly audacious, seemingly catching the four-time world champion by surprise.

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

"I don't know what it is, I don't seem to win boring races. They're all pretty fun. I didn't expect that," he said after the race.

"Put ourselves back 24 hours and I thought I might be starting from the back of the grid," Ricciardo said of Red Bull's engine troubles, which have plagued the team early in the season.

Mechanics had two hours to change the engine on Ricciardo's Red Bull on Saturday, pulling off the feat just in time to give Ricciardo two minutes on the track to set his qualifying time.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo celebrates after winning the Chinese Grand Prix.© REUTERS/Aly Song Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo celebrates after winning the Chinese Grand Prix. Red Bull strategists get it right

Both Red Bulls were called into the pits early in the race in order to get a jump on their rivals, with Mercedes quickly following suit. Ferrari, who were leading the race at the time through Sebastian Vettel, were slower to react and lost the lead to Bottas.

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  Ricciardo: Just give me title shot Daniel Ricciardo believes his stunning Chinese GP victory proves he would win a Formula 1 world title if given the right tools.  In a chaotic and action-packed finish in Shanghai, Ricciardo rose from sixth to the lead in less than 20 laps in an advance which included stunning overtakes on Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas.For all his talent this was only Ricciardo's sixth F1 win, his emergence coinciding with Red Bull's post-2013 dip, but the Australian is desperate for more so he can maximise his talent and fight for championships.

Daniel Ricciardo storms to Chinese Grand Prix victory for Red Bull as Lewis Hamilton finishes fourth . Formula 1 (@F1) April 15, 2018. Daniel Ricciardo , who started sixth on the grid, drove a sensational race to pick up his first win of the season in Shanghai.

Daniel Ricciardo storms to Chinese Grand Prix victory for Red Bull as Lewis Hamilton finishes fourth . Formula 1 (@F1) April 15, 2018. Daniel Ricciardo , who started sixth on the grid, drove a sensational race to pick up his first win of the season in Shanghai.

Then, again the Red Bull strategists were the fastest to move when a safety car was called onto the track, pulling the two drivers in and putting the cars on soft tyres to gain a speed advantage for the remaining laps.

"It was crazy. A lot of fun," Ricciardo said of his superior pace over his rivals.

While Ricciardo was clinical in mowing down the Ferraris and Mercedes in front of him, his younger teammate Max Verstappen showed less composure, attempting a dangerous move on Vettel which saw both drivers run off the track and the Dutchman ultimately receive a 10 second penalty.

Championship leader Vettel finished back in eighth, while Hamilton crossed the line fifth, one spot above the penalised Verstappen.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo drinks from a shoe as he celebrates winning the race.© REUTERS/Aly Song Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo drinks from a shoe as he celebrates winning the race. Ricciardo celebrated his win with his now-trademark "shoey".

Former world champion Nico Rosberg said the race was further proof Ricciardo is the best over-taker in F1.

"Max and Daniel are the best, but Max just messes up too much," he said.

"Daniel just makes it stick and that makes him the best in Formula 1. He's really a huge talent at overtaking.

"When I was racing he was the guy I hated having behind me the most."

Ricciardo's win was his first since the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in June, 2017.

F1 driver standings

F1 driver standings.© ABC News F1 driver standings.

Report: Daniel Ricciardo Might Drive a Ferrari in 2019 .
The Aussie may swap midnight purple racing overalls for some dyed rosso corsa.Latest word alleges that Ricciardo may have an exit strategy. Motorsport Magazine, well-connected within the F1 paddock, reports that its sources within Red Bull Racing know Ricciardo has signed some sort of contract with a team that is neither Red Bull nor Mercedes. The publication points to Ferrari as a target for Ricciardo, as Kimi Räikkönen is on a one-year contract extension, leaving his seat up for contention by any and all seeking a move to a more competitive team.

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