Daniel Ricciardo Stuns Grid, Wins Formula One Race in China

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The Australian, who started sixth after nearly missing qualifying, made the most of fresher tyres to finish 8.8 seconds ahead of Valtteri Bottas in a Mercedes.

Only a minor miracle by his hard-pressed mechanics allowed him to qualify sixth, putting Ricciardo in the right place at the right time to capitalise on the safety vehicle that swung the race Red Bull's way.

Australia's Ricciardo, eight years' Verstappen's senior, showed far greater maturity than his team-mate, with bold moves on Hamilton and then Bottas, but moves that were executed with millimetre precision.

Here, we take a look at some of the big takeaways from Shanghai. Raikkonen was unable to get a move done, however, and Verstappen also held station to cross the line in fourth but drop behind Hamilton due to his penalty.

Next, the man from Perth was asked about the late decision to pit both he and Verstappen after the Safety Car was called.

And the Spaniard took Vettel in the penultimate lap to cap a awful day for the championship leader.

Red Bull could still be in the market to renew the Australian's deal but he remains relaxed about a likely increase in demand for his services. And - although he got the Brit one lap later - his hairpin lunge on Vettel was desperate. He was not in the finest moods and sounded low on the radio all afternoon.

Verstappen looked on course to benefit most, but when he ran off track trying to pass the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, Ricciardo grabbed the initiative.

Daniel Ricciardo, Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen celebrate on the podium Chinese Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton, the four-time and defending champion, finished fifth but was promoted to fourth ahead of Max Verstappen.

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The result sees Vettel still in the lead of the driver's championship but only by nine points over Hamilton, the two tallying 54 and 45 points, respectively, after the first three rounds.

Sunday's win was the sixth of Ricciardo's career and all have been characterised by breathtaking and sometimes hairy overtaking manoeuvres, with the win taken from under the noses of others.

"I am thankful for the way he drives because it meant we did not lose too many points", Hamilton, 33, said with a wry smile.

Although he secured fifth place, he could have achieved a podium if not for his incosistencies. But that saw Bottas take the lead from Vettel as he rejoined the race after his pit stop.

Ricciardo said he knew he had a great chance with the fresh rubber.

Although he may be disappointed not to taste a win, he did extremely well to defend from Vettel and Raikonnen for long spells of the race.

The advantage of fresh tyres allowed Verstappen and Ricciardo to scythe through the field.

A week after claiming an incredible fourth place for Toro Rosso-Honda, Pierre Gasly didn't have such fun in Shanghai - colliding with team-mate Brendon Hartley mid-race.

That wouldn't be the end of Verstappen's eventful day; on lap 43 he collected Sebastian Vettel at Turn 14 which saw him slapped with a 10 second time penalty.

The 22-year-old Frenchman is clearly a talented driver and with it being his first full season in F1, it's easy to cut him some slack for some immaturity behind the wheel.

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