Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo started today’s Chinese Grand Prix from sixth place on the grid and came through the field to take his and the teams first win of the season ending the race just ahead of Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team’s Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. Speaking following the race Ricciardo said:
That was fun, a lot of fun and I just about believe it now. From where we were yesterday you would not have believed we would be here today. For me this is a massive reward but for the mechanics and engineers, they really earned this victory. Not only for the pit stops and strategy today but for getting me out in Qualifying yesterday which enabled me to get in the fight for victory, they should be very, very proud. The problem in free practice wasn’t their fault but they did all the hard work and made today happen. At the start of the race I thought we could fight for a podium but I didn’t really expect a win; then after the safety car and when I could see the way the race was going I knew we had a chance. Once I had a sniff of victory I wasn’t going to let it go. The team made a very quick decision to stop both cars under the safety car and it was a winning decision. I have lots of emotions. On the in lap I was just smiling and I didn’t have many words, then on the podium I was nearly in tears and in the press conference I was just thinking about the whole race and also about last week; how disappointed this sport can make you feel but also how high it can make you feel. Now we can all go and celebrate tonight.
Mercedes defending world champion Lewis Hamilton finished the race in fourth place while Max Verstappen finished the race in fifth place despite clashing with Sebastian Vettel and being handed a ten second penalty for avoidable contact.
The Renault Sport F1 Team’s Nico Hulkenberg finished the race in sixth place just ahead of Fernando Alonso who made it three points scoring races in a row finishing the race in seventh place following a fantastic overtake on Sebastian Vettel into Turn 2 in the closing stages of the race.
The Renault Sport F1 Team’s Carlos Sainz finished the race in ninth place while the Haas F1 Team’s Kevin Magnussen rounded out the top ten.
The Sahara Force India Formula One Team’s Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez finished the race just outside the top ten in eleventh and twelfth place just ahead of McLaren Renault’s Stoffel Vandoorne. Williams Martini Racing’s Lance Stroll finished the race in 14th place just ahead of his team mate Sergey Sirotkin.
Marcus Ericsson was 16th for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team just ahead of the Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean.
Pierre Gasly was 18th for Toro Rosso just ahead of Charles Leclerc while Brendon Hartley was the only retirement from the race after clashing with his Toro Rosso team mate.