Ricciardo didn't expect to make China qualifying

Formula 1 Daniel Ricciardo wins for Red Bull in China

Formula 1 Daniel Ricciardo wins for Red Bull in China

It was introduced so marshals could clear debris from the hairpin after a collision between Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly and Brendon Harley.

It was a decision that would cost early leaders Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel their chance to win, with a spectacular charge from Ricciardo allowing him to take victory for Red Bull, bouncing back from a tough Saturday that saw him nearly start last on the grid.

On fresher tryes, Ricciardo charged through the pack and he took the lead on Lap 40 of 56 as he passed Bottas at Turn 4.

Meanwhile, Ricciardo exhibited some of the best overtaking in recent years to pick off Kimi Raikkonen, Hamilton, Vettel and finally Valtteri Bottas, who was leading the race when the Safety Car came out. The Red Bulls pitted under the safety auto and picked up new softs.

Even with the fresh rubber offering an advantage of more than one second per lap, Ferrari did not react immediately with Vettel at the front, instead waiting until Lap 20 to bring the race leader in.

His teammate Verstappen had a more dramatic time of things.

Ricciardo's move over Bottas for the lead was particularly impressive, coming from way back to pass him on a tight corner.

However, sterling work by his crew meant the popular Aussie headed out with under five minutes to spare, and though restricted to one flying lap in Q1 he was eventually able to put his Red Bull sixth on the grid.

Verstappen thus held the advantage but an opportunistic attempt on Lewis Hamilton for third through Turn 7 left him wide, and Ricciardo, having already overhauled Raikkonen, grabbed the spot from his team-mate.

Forced retire from the previous race in Bahrain with an energy store problem in the power unit, the Australian encountered problems during practice this weekend and was lucky to make it to qualifying.

Verstappen recovered to take fourth, but was handed a 10-second time penalty for causing the accident, dropping him to fifth, behind Hamilton.

Driver of the day No contest this - Ricciardo was stunning in the closing laps. With 12 laps to go, Ricciardo made a courageous pass on Bottas heading into Turn 6, forcing the Mercedes driver to yield the position.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo has won the Chinese Grand Prix. Vettel never recovered from the hit from Verstappen and lost seventh place to McLaren's Fernando Alonso on the penultimate lap before almost losing eighth to Carlos Sainz.

Lance Stroll gained six positions on the opening lap but was unable to seriously challenge for points as he took 14th, ahead of Williams team-mate Sergey Sirotkin, Marcus Ericsson and Romain Grosjean. A safety vehicle was deployed shortly after that to help clear the debris on the track.

Lewis Hamilton ended a somewhat quiet race in fourth for Mercedes after Verstappen's penalty, but was able to close the gap on Vettel at the top of the drivers' championship as the Ferrari driver dropped through the field in the final few laps.

Carlos Sainz Jr. gave Renault a double-points finish by finishing ninth ahead of Haas' Kevin Magnussen, who completed the points in P10.

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