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2018 Chinese (Shanghai) GP: Formula One F1 Race Results - Ricciardo, Red Bull Romp to Win!
Posted by: ASkyler on Apr 15, 2018 - 06:43 AM
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2018 Chinese (Shanghai) GP: Formula One F1 Race Results - Ricciardo, Red Bull Romp to Win!

By Mike Sulka

Outstanding Grand Prix! Ricciardo the man! Daniel Ricciardo and his No. 3 Red Bull took advantage of a Safety Car and then made the drive of the day as he moved from sixth to win the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix in style! For Ricciardo, it was his first win of the year, and sixth of his Formula One F1 career.

The Red Bull pitwall nailed the strategy with short notice to get their driver to the front.

Valtteri Bottas and his No. 77 Mercedes would finish second. Mercedes will look back and feel good about this result as it appeared the Safety Car call came too late for the team. It is Bottas' second podium of the year, and 24th of his career.

In third, Ferrari gave up on Kimi Raikkonen's race, did little to help him and more that didn't. Yet, the Finn overcome the calls from pitwall to pick up a podium with another solid effort.

Mercedes would simply blow the call for Lewis Hamilton. He would finish fourth. Toto Wolff would say, "We thought track position was more important."

In fifth, Nico Hulkenberg. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) would drop to 7th with a 10-second time penalty after a bone-headed move on Sebastian Vettel.

Despite Verstappen's penalty, Sebastian Vettel would still finish behind him. The big take away for Vettel is that he still leads the 2018 driver's championship points standings despite finishing 8th. Vettel would take it in stride saying, "I knew he was faster, I didn't think he was coming yet, but I knew he would come and was leaving him space." Verstappen responded, "It was my fault."


Lights out! Sebastian Vettel and his No. 5 Ferrari would charge hard across the front of Kimi Raikkonen after the Finn had a very good start. Kimi would brake, and slip back into fourth. Meanwhile, Valtteri Bottas would get a good start from Row Two, and Lewis Hamilton wouldn't. Bottas in second! Max Verstappen (Red Bull) charge forward to pick off third position. An amazing series of events at the front would leave the order: Vettel, Bottas, Verstappen, Raikkonen, Hamilton after Lap 1.

Verstappen would say a "****'n good start." The team would respond, "Don't get greedy man."

Indeed! Verstappen's moves through Turn One were simply amazing. He was the fifth car entering Turn One, but by the end of the Turn Six, he'd gotten past Hamilton and then Raikkonen with on-track passes. Great stuff!

Through the first ten laps, Bottas gap to Vettel would stay a consistent 2.5 seconds. While Verstappen's Red Bull would continue to lose a bit each lap - trailing by 7 seconds.

On Lap 18, Verstappen would be the first of the leaders to pit, and he'd take on the medium (white) Pirelli tyre and return to the track in fifth. Daniel Ricciardo would follow the same strategy, on the same lap. Great pitwork!

Hamilton would react to the Red Bull move and stop the next time by. He would also move to the medium compound. Mercedes would then pit Bottas on the next lap with the same strategy.

Ferrari would fail to cover the strategy, and Bottas would take the lead from Vettel two laps later. A 2.5 second lead just vanished... poof! So, Kimi would become the sacrificial lamb and be left on track. By Lap 26, Bottas would catch Kimi, with Vettel on Bottas' rear-wing.

On Lap 27, Bottas would easily dispatch Kimi, and Vettel would follow him through. Ferrari would finally pit Raikkonen, but the damage was done... Raikkonen sixth behind Ricciardo.

Near hit your teammate Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso)! Yet he did, with a poor spearing of Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso) on Lap 30. The situation would lead to a late lap safety car leaving Bottas and Vettel on track with medium tyres while Verstappen and Ricciardo would dive in to take advantage of the opportunity. Why did Mercedes not pit Hamilton to get fresh tyres ?

For the Lap 35 restart, Bottas would lead, Vettel, Hamilton, Verstappen, and Raikkonen would follow. On Lap 38, Ricciardo would slip past Raikkonen to take fifth with a clean pass. Ricciardo would move up to fourth two laps later after Verstappen slipped off track trying to overtake Hamilton.

A lap later Ricciardo would make an outstanding pass on Hamilton to take third! Wow! His gap to the leaders 1.5 seconds. Two laps later, Verstappen would finally get past Hamilton with another solid pass. Hamilton calls to his team, "Maybe we should have taken on new tyres ?"

Ricciardo would dispense with Vettel on Lap 42. Bottas is up next! "Well done mate! Easy pickings!" says the Red Bull pitwall.

On Lap 43, Verstappen would sucker punch the side of Vettel's Ferrari with an ill-timed move. Both cars would be lazily spin in the middle of the track. The move would leave Vettel in 7th, and Verstappen 5th. The new order: Bottas, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Hamilton.

Vettel would comment on the radio, "I don't think I need to say anything here!" Vertappen would desperately call out on the radio defending his in-defensible blunder. The Stewards would agree handing him a 10-second time penalty.

Daniel Ricciardo's amazing drive would continue as he would find space where there wasn't any on Lap 45 to take the lead from Bottas!

A great drive by Ricciardo! A great call by Red Bull! Congratulations!

Next up, the Formula One F1 team will race at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in two weeks.


2018 Chinese GP: Formula One Provisional Race Results
13Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing TAG HEUER561:35:36.38025
277Valtteri BottasMERCEDES56+8.894s18
37Kimi RaikkonenFERRARI56+9.637s15
444Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES56+16.985s12
533Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing TAG HEUER56+20.436s10
627Nico HulkenbergRENAULT56+21.052s8
714Fernando AlonsoMCLAREN RENAULT56+30.639s6
85Sebastian VettelFERRARI56+35.286s4
955Carlos SainzRENAULT56+35.763s2
1020Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI56+39.594s1
1131Esteban OconForce India Mercedes56+44.050s0
1211Sergio PerezForce India Mercedes56+44.725s0
132Stoffel VandoorneMCLAREN RENAULT56+49.373s0
1418Lance StrollWILLIAMS MERCEDES56+55.490s0
1535Sergey SirotkinWILLIAMS MERCEDES56+58.241s0
169Marcus EricssonSAUBER FERRARI56+62.604s0
178Romain GrosjeanHAAS FERRARI56+65.296s0
1810Pierre GaslySCUDERIA Toro Rosso HONDA56+66.330s0
1916Charles LeclercSAUBER FERRARI56+82.575s0
2028Brendon HartleySCUDERIA Toro Rosso HONDA51DNF0

* Provisional results

Note - Gasly and Verstappen received 10-second time penalties for causing collisions.

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