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He was also left to rue the fact he stayed out on old tyres when the Red Bull drivers behind him ducked into the pits.

Ricciardo started sixth, and the ability to threaten on a victory at the Aussie appeared after the accident, the two pilots Toro Rosso.

Red Bull quickly brought Verstappen and Ricciardo in for fresh rubber under the safety vehicle, and with that advantage the Red Bulls looked dominant, but Verstappen overcooked an attempted pass on Hamilton and then collided with Vettel, whereas Ricciardo kept his cool and passed Raikkonen, Hamilton, Vettel and Bottas to take a stunning win.

Hamilton, the four-time and defending champion, improved his season points total to 45.

If anyone says to you that they accurately predicted the dominant Mercedes AMG F1 team being winless after the first three races of the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season, then call their bluff.

With Ricciardo now untouchable, Raikkonen began to pressure Bottas for second, but the younger Finn held on.

Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas appeared on course for an excellent victory over Vettel before the safety auto period after the Finn jumped the Ferrari during their pit stops.

"The safety vehicle was so unlucky for us", Bottas said over the radio.




BC-CAR-F1-Chinese Grand Prix, 3rd Ld-Writethru, 638 Red Bull's Ricciardo wins Chinese Grand Prix; 6th career winAP Photo CHF132, CHF126, CHF108, CHF159, CHF124, CHF123Eds: Updates with race details, quotes. Hamilton, who has been off colour all weekend, salvaged fifth.

First up for Ricciardo was a brilliant overtake on Lewis Hamilton, with the Mercedes driver then losing his position to Verstappen, after the Dutchman had gone off earlier at Turn 4 trying to overtake.

Kimi Raikkonen, who finished third: "I think we made a good start, got blocked a bit and got passed in the first corner".

Verstappen was handed a ten-second post-race time penalty but all eyes were on the charging Ricciardo.

Verstappen crossed the line fourth, but that turned into fifth as the stewards handed him a 10-second penalty for hitting Vettel. Vettel was followed by Carlos Sainz and Kevin Magnussen.

Nico Hulkenberg was a superb sixth for Renault, with Fernando Alonso getting his elbows out and squeezing Vettel, who was struggling with his tyres, off track in the opening sequence for seventh. "(We were) thankful for a few incidents ahead that kept us in the battle". "It felt like we should have had the victory, but not today".

Chinese fans have taken to Hamilton in recent years - the Briton has five career wins in ShanghaiSeasoned F1 fans have seen an very bad lot over the years in the paddock. Gasly said: "The team told me "Brendon is going to let you pass at the end of the straight", so I expected him to let me by".

"Sometimes you've just got to lick the stamp and send it", he added of the lunge on Hamilton for third place.

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