RICCIARDO WINS THRILLING CHINESE GP
CHINA - Daniel Ricciardo won a sensational Chinese Grand Prix, cutting through the field in the closing stages like a knife through butter.
It was a brilliant reward for the gamble of this young season by Christian Horner, the Red Bull team principal, who alone decided his men should be reshod during a safety-car phase just over halfway through the afternoon's pulsating action.
Ricciardo reacted to his stunning win with delight via the team radio: “Yes boys! Holy s***! Holy f***!” The Australian finished ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen in second and third, with Lewis Hamilton in fourth.
Hamilton's title rival Sebastian Vettel was only eighth, his advantage over Hamilton trimmed to nine points, after he was needlessly caught by the overexuberance of Ricciardo's team-mate Max Verstappen, who is suffering from a recurrent case of impulse-itus — symptoms: the headless impetuosity of youth.
“I don't need to say anything else,” said Vettel over the car radio — meaning that Verstappen's foolhardiness was so apparent that he need not to elaborate or point a finger.
The stewards agreed, hitting Verstappen with a 10-second time penalty. He had earlier been fortunate not to have come to grief when recklessly gunning down Hamilton. The two Red Bulls, given their chance by Horner, demonstrated the good (Ricciardo) and ugly (Verstappen) ways to overtake. Ricciardo was better than that: he was surgically clinical. He moved past Raikkonen, Hamilton, Vettel and Bottas to clinch his first win since Baku last year.