RIC­CIA­RDO WINS THRILLING CHI­NESE GP

Swazi Observer - - WORLD SPORT -

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.

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