Chinese GP: Ricciardo (Red Bull) is an unexpected success
Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) exults on the podium after winning the Chinese F1 GP at the Shanghai circuit on April 15, 2018
Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) won an unexpected victory in a Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Shanghai circuit on Sunday, following an ascent of which he has the secret.
He is ahead of Finns Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), who had a good start and a pay strategy with an early pit stop, and Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari), who had a bad start and had a hard time lost after a + late pitstop +.
The favorites Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), struggling this weekend, and Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), hooked by the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull) on lap 43, are fourth and eighth.
As a result, the Briton returns from seventeen to ten points of the German, leader of the World Championship, and Mercedes takes the lead in the constructors, a point ahead of Ferrari.
Red Bull chose the winning strategy by stopping its two cars, side by side in the third row, for the second time at the pits at the time of the entry of the safety car on the 31st lap, after a collision between the two Toro Rosso .
So sixth, Ricciardo began his comeback thanks to cooler tires, when his teammate Verstappen said goodbye to his chances in a track exit, while he tried to overtake Hamilton, then in the clash with Vettel, who had lost the advantage of his pole position in his only pit stop.
The Dutchman was given a ten-second penalty for this incident, which pushed him back behind Hamilton in the final standings.
This sixth victory confirms that Ricciardo is the man of fantastic riding: his six F1 wins were acquired while he was not among the top three on the grid.
The outcome is unexpected for the 28-year-old, forced to change engine in record time between the third free practice session and Saturday’s qualifying after a turbo problem.
He remained on a surrender in Bahrain last Sunday, already following a breakdown.
Noteworthy are the sixth and ninth places of Renault’s German Nico Hulkenberg and Spaniard Carlos Sainz Jr, the seventh of Spaniard Fernando Alonso (McLaren) and the tenth of Denmark’s Kevin Magnussen (Haas), who confirm the changes hierarchy in the middle of the table.
No French entered the points. Esteban Ocon (Force India) is eleventh and Romain Grosjean (Haas) seventeenth. Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso), fourth surprise of the previous GP, is eighteenth after scooping ten seconds penalty for hanging his teammate.
New Zealander Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso) gave up after the incident with Gasly.