Ricciardo takes Bull by the horns

It may be premature to call it the end of an era of Mercedes domination but Daniel Ricciardo's thrilling win for Red Bull marks a clear shift in the Formula One landscape.
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Cars dash out from the start line to compete at the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai SAIC International Circuit. 

It may be premature to call it the end of an era of Mercedes domination but Daniel Ricciardo’s thrilling win for Red Bull in Shanghai on April 15 marks a clear shift in the Formula One landscape.

Ricciardo was running sixth in the early stages of the race, seemingly out of the reckoning for even a podium.

But when a safety car was sent out due to on-track debris, Red Bull were the only leading team to call both drivers in, double stacking the pit stops to release both on fresh soft tires.

That led to a series of frenetic laps which saw Verstappen run wide, battling Hamilton before opportunistically throwing a move down the inside of Vettel, leading to contact and both spinning. A resulting penalty cost the Dutchman a place in the final finishing order.

Ricciardo was also in overtake mode, but unlike his teammate kept his moves clinical and error-free. Raikkonen, Hamilton, Vettel and finally Bottas were all dispatched with aplomb to give him a very well-deserved

sixth career race victory.

Outside the Shanghai International Circuit, ethnic minority people from Yunnan and Qinghai provinces were singing and dancing. Jiading provided them a platform for the promotion of their tourism resources during the F1 Chinese Grand Prix.

Luca, a backpacker from Switzerland, was attracted by the sound of music and went to the exhibition area of the tourism promotion activity.

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Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo sprays champagne as the Australian celebrates the Chinese GP win.

Ethnic cultures

It was his first time he’d heard about a place called Chuxiong. “I was told that boys and girls there wear different hats for different identities. It is so interesting.

“They also told me that Chuxiong is one of places with the most preserved dinosaur fossils. I’ll take my kids to visit there,” he said.

A visitor surnamed Li tried almost all the food on display which included mushroom hotpot from Yunnan’s Chuxiong, barley wine from Yunnan’s Deqin as well as yak jerky from Qinghai’s Jiuzhi.

A young woman surnamed Wang took numerous photos of Tibetan dancers performing on stage. “The performances are so exciting and quite exotic,” said Wang.

Jiading has partnered with three prefectures and nine counties from Qinghai and Yunnan to promote their tourism resources during the F1 Chinese Grand Prix since last year.

“The prefectures and counties involved have abundant tourism resources but few people know about them. We hope to boost their travel industry this way,” said Pan Zhanping, deputy director of district cooperation and exchange office.

Jiuzhi reported a 20 percent increase in visitor numbers since last year. It was also the first time the county’s income had exceeded 100 million yuan (US$15.9 million).

Chuxiong reported 33.27 billion yuan of tourism income last year, up 86.72 percent from a year earlier. The prefecture in Yunnan also reported 36.3 million domestic visitors as well as 51,000 tourists from overseas at the same time.

Auto festival

The annual F1 Chinese Grand Prix also marked the start of the 2018 Shanghai Auto Culture Festival which will last until next month and include a variety of events.

In addition to the F1, there will be a series of auto competitions from late this month. The events include the FRD LMP3 Series and CTCC China Touring Car Championship.

Additionally, the Shanghai City Orienteering Challenge is expected to kick off next month. Combining the district’s landscape with its rich cultural and historic elements, the challenge has prepared 40 routes for the contestants.

To promote a low-carbon lifestyle, participants will complete the mission only using the Metro and electronic vehicles.

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