Ricciardo in brilliant style won the race in China

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo is facing a grid penalty during the 2018 season following his retirement from the Bahrain Grand Prix

Red Bull quickly brought Verstappen and Ricciardo in for fresh rubber under the safety auto, and with that advantage the Red Bulls looked dominant, but Verstappen overcooked an attempted pass on Hamilton and then collided with Vettel, whereas Ricciardo kept his cool and passed Raikkonen, Hamilton, Vettel and Bottas to take a stunning win.

Ricciardo took the lead with just 10 laps to go when he charged past then-leader Valtteri Bottas, who ended up second in his Mercedes.

Verstappen's day was not done there, however.

Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes was second and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was third.

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The win for Ricciardo is made all the more remarkable by the fact he very almost missed qualifying due to a turbo issue on Saturday, and only took to the track after a swift fix job from his own mechanics and those in Verstappen's garage.

Kevin Magnussen finished in the points for the second straight week as he brought his Haas F1 auto home 10th a week after finishing fifth in Bahrain.

Vettel dropped back to seventh - a position he then lost to McLaren's Fernando Alonso with two laps to go when the Spaniard passed him around the outside of Turn One and into Turn Two.

Daniel Ricciardo at the post-race press conference: "Once I was aware we had the pace I wasn't going to let it slip". It was insane, a lot of fun. "There's over 700 members in our team and I think what we've demonstrated this weekend is that it all has to work in unison and the effort that went in yesterday to change that engine in two hours - an hour quicker than we've ever achieved it - and then the double pit stops for the first stop and then under the safety auto". And for a while, Ferrari fans may have felt he was on course to subdue his countryman's imperious race pace, with the SF 71H just as fast as the Silver Arrows in the latter stages.

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"We have been underperforming". Otherwise he would have started from the back row. "I'm thankful for a couple of incidents that kept us kind of in the battle". Max Verstappen has already come under fire this season for his over-aggressive driving style and once again it was on full display. "I was defending, obviously saw him very close in Turns 1/2/3". I had no intention of resisting, there was no point in doing so they were too fast. Ricciardo took advantage of his fresh rubber to outbrake Raikkonen at the hairpin, taking fifth place. We stayed out very long and got a little luck on the safety auto. At that point I knew that we had a auto to win and I wasn't going to be satisfied until I was in the lead.

"In the end we would have needed the soft tyres to really go for it".

"Sometimes you've just got to lick the stamp and send it", he added of the lunge on Hamilton for third place. We were in trouble then really and it is disappointing. "That is racing. These things happen".

Bottas' second consecutive second placed finish sees him on 40 points while Ricciardo's win takes him to fourth place with 37 points.

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