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Ricciardo in brilliant style won the race in China

Ricciardo in brilliant style won the race in China

The second Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after a hard race, with the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettelonly eighth after a mid-race collision with Max Verstappen's Red Bull.

Ricciardo got quicker and quicker and took the lead on the 45th lap of the 56-lap race, overtaking Valtteri Bottas with a dive on the inside past the Mercedes driver.

After the Chinese Grand Prix, Vettel still tops the drivers ranking ahead of Ferrari duo of Hamilton and Bottas, while Ricciardo moves into fourth following his victory.

Before the start of the 15th edition of the Chinese Grand Prix, you could be forgiven for thinking the Red Bulls weren't in Shanghai for a win, let alone a podium finish.

"He was closing lap after lap with pretty big gains" said Bottas.

Red Bull's victory leaves the Formula One season in a scramble after just three races. Verstappen's 10-second penalty dropped him behind Hamilton in the classification, however.

"Sometimes you just have to lick the stamp and send it", Ricciardo said.

While the early stages of the race were all about Sebastian Vettel versus Valtteri Bottas, a Safety Car just past the midway point of the grand prix upped the ante. But around the 33rd lap, back markers Pierre Gasly and his Toro Rosso teammate, Brendon Hartley, collided at turn 14, throwing debris all over the hairpin. Bottas was able to make light work of Raikkonen with a slick pass around the outside of Turn 1, with Vettel soon following through, albeit still unable to get back ahead of the Mercedes driver.

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Verstappen also tried to overtake the Ferrari driver but hit him, pitching both into a spin, letting Hamilton and Raikkonen through. The German had been leading from pole-position but he and Ferrari were blindsided during their tyre stop on lap 21 when Bottas managed to produce a fast out-lap after pitting a lap earlier.

"It's easy to say afterwards I should have waited, it probably would have been the best idea but unfortunately it happened".

After his near-miss with Hamilton cost him a shot at victory, Verstappen recovered well - until he attempted to pass Vettel for third place. Vettel, Carlos Sainz of Renault and Haas' Kevin Magnussen rounded out the top 10.

"At the rate we were going through the field, and I could feel the tyres were holding on well, I was obviously fully set on the win".

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. "I'm thankful for a couple of incidents that kept us kind of in the battle". "This was not what I expected".

"I've only got six - it's not a whole lot but the wins always seem to come under some circumstances".

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