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Daniel Ricciardo: "I Have A Lot Of Emotions" After Incredible Win

16 April 2018, 02:06 | Nina Mathis

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And if anyone you know had predicted Daniel Ricciardo winning the Chinese Grand Prix after a weekend that saw him nearly miss qualifying due to a turbo failure in his Red Bull-Tag Heuer RB 14's Renault engine, then you know they are definitely pulling your leg!

He overtook Kimi Raikkonen before passing team-mate Max Verstappen when the youngster ran wide battling Lewis Hamilton.

The Red Bull driver then sliced through the field before overtaking pace-setter Valtteri Bottas to record a remarkable victory.

He took advantage when the safety auto came out on the 31st lap to allow him to get fresh tyres.

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas finished second while Kimi Raikkonen was third in a Ferrari.

The Australian had appeared set for a pretty boring drive to fifth in the first half of the race, without the pace to challenge those ahead and a solid margin to Kimi Raikkonen behind. Yeah, frustrated at the sport, frustrated at all the variables that are involved in the sport. "We really thought we were going to start the race from the back, just over 24 hours later to be here now... this sport's insane". Max Verstappen (Red Bull) +20,4366. There's no clear favorite and plenty of questions. The "honey badger", as he refers to himself, was relentless in his pursuit of race leader Bottas and on lap 46 he dived down the inside of the number 77 Mercedes at a right-hand turn and assumed the lead of the race.

Chinese fans have taken to Hamilton in recent years - the Briton has five career wins in ShanghaiSeasoned F1 fans have seen an terrible lot over the years in the paddock.

Sebastian Vettel, who won the first two races of the season, fell back to eighth after starting on pole.

Mercedes' Hamilton missed out on the podium for the first time this season, crossing the line fifth behind Verstappen.

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Bottas was lead the race, after undercutting Ferrari but he was no match for Ricciardo's pace. Bottas has 40 points in third place and Ricciardo is fourth with 37.

The German said he was anticipating an attack on lap 43 and left a little room on the inside in case Verstappen misjudged the corner "but obviously he misjudged more than I thought".

"I don't know. I'm sitting here, reciting everything in my head what just happened".

Bottas acknowledged Mercedes still "has work to do". In the end, the top six all opted to change onto the durable medium tyre at the first stop but only Red Bull elected to switch onto the medium compound when the Safety Car came out. "Just depending on the conditions and whoever gets the tires and the set up right".

The restart on lap 36 was smooth and Bottas managed to pull away quickly, a 1.7s lead over Bettel.

Valtteri Bottas, who finished second: "The race was going pretty well for us and we were looking strong until the safety auto". Yesterday and today was a disaster on my side.

Nico Hulkenberg was a superb sixth for Renault, with Fernando Alonso getting his elbows out and squeezing Vettel, who was struggling with his tyres, off track in the opening sequence for seventh. Carlos Sainz was ninth, with Kevin Magnussen taking a single point for Haas.

But, on the fresher and faster rubber, Ricciardo carved his way sweetly past his rivals to clinch his first win since Baku previous year.

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