The F1 Chinese Grand Prix has come to an end and Daniel Ricciardo has left fans stunned with just his sixth F1 win. His sixth win even came from him starting sixth on the grid, talk about meant to be, ey?
The Australian driver took advantage of a genius pit stop move before a mid-race safety car to refit fresh tyres and blasted through the field to slot in first place before the final 10 laps.
Ricciardo finished ahead of Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes, who started third and led for a portion of the race before Ricciardo, on the fresher and softer tires, overtook him in the final 10 laps. The third podium spot went to Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari, who started second behind Sebastian Vettel, his teammate who had pole position for the race.
Ricciardo was so shocked himself, that he could be heard yelling “holy shit” as he passed the finish line. The driver was described as a “racing burglar” during the race. Today, he carried out another fine, well-orchestrated robbery.
Overtaking demon, #ChineseGP winner…
And your #F1DriverOfTheDay!
Well earned after a stunning drive from @danielricciardo 💪 pic.twitter.com/XbZAz4QADG
— Formula 1 (@F1) April 15, 2018
2018 F1 Driver Standings:
1 Sebastian Vettel GER FERRARI 54
2 Lewis Hamilton GBR MERCEDES 45
3 Valtteri Bottas FIN MERCEDES 40
4 Fernando Alonso ESP MCLAREN RENAULT 16
4 Daniel Ricciardo AUS RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 37
5 Kimi Räikkönen FIN FERRARI 30
6 Nico Hulkenberg GER RENAULT 14
8 Pierre Gasly FRA SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA 12
9 Kevin Magnussen DEN HAAS FERRARI 10
10 Max Verstappen NED RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 8
11 Stoffel Vandoorne BEL MCLAREN RENAULT 6
12 Marcus Ericsson SWE SAUBER FERRARI 2
13 Carlos Sainz ESP RENAULT 1
14 Esteban Ocon FRA FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1
15 Sergio Perez MEX FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 0
16 Charles Leclerc MON SAUBER FERRARI 0
17 Romain Grosjean FRA HAAS FERRARI 0
18 Lance Stroll CAN WILLIAMS MERCEDES 0
19 Brendon Hartley NZL SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA 0
20 Sergey Sirotkin RUS WILLIAMS MERCEDES 0
2018 F1 Constructor Standings:
(Car manufacturer, points total)
Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 85 Scuderia Ferrari 84 Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 55 McLaren F1 Team 28 Renault Sport Formula One Team 25 Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 12 Haas F1 Team 11 Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 2 Sahara Force India F1 Team 1 Williams Martini Racing 0
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