Home 2018 Calendar Teams & Drivers Race Results Race Reports Gallery History F1 Fun Join Us Contact Us Banner Heading images158TI91P Lights out

China

Ricciardo Victorious in Shanghai Sizzler

Daniel Ricciardo took he and Red Bull's first victory of the 2018 season in a strategically sizzling Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit.

From lights out, it was a fierce battle between the three title challenging teams: Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull. Sebastian Vettel took the pack away and held off early pressure from Valterri Bottas.

On circuit, the action was close and cut throat. The overtaking was extremely strategic. The hot temperatures meant that tyre choices were vital. Red Bull made quick work of their pit stops, serving both Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen at the same time.

Whilst Verstappen was a little too keen with his new boots, teammate Ricciardo took a less hasty and more strategic approach. Daniel quickly completed an impressive set of moves and made his way from 6th to 1st.

Ricciardo held the lead for eleven laps and claimed he and Red Bull's first win of the season. This win also had some more in-depth and special meanings. Firstly, Daniel became the first Australian to win the Chinese Grand Prix. Secondly, it was only the second time that the race had been won by a driver starting from 6th. F1 legend Michael Schumacher was the first to achieve this accolade.

 

Driver of the Day: Daniel Ricciardo

Result:

1 Sebastian Vettel - 1:35:36

2 Valtteri Bottas

3 Kimi Raikkonen

4 Lewis Hamilton

5 Max Verstappen

6 Nico Hulkenberg

7 Fernando Alonso

8 Sebastian Vettel

9 Carlos Sainz

10 Kevin Magnussen

11 Esteban Ocon

12 Sergio Perez

13 Stoffel Vandoorne

14 Lance Stroll

15 Sergey Sirotkin

16 Marcus Ericsson

17 Romain Grosjean

18 Pierre Gasly

19 Charles Leclerc

20 Brendon Hartley   DNF