Ricciardo storms to sensational Chinese Grand Prix victory

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The Australian took the lead with just 10 laps to go in Shanghai when he charged past race leader Valtteri Bottas, who finished second in a Mercedes.
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Red Bull's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo celebrates on the podium after winning the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 15, 2018. 

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo won a sensational Chinese Grand Prix in thrilling style on Sunday when he stormed through the field from sixth place after taking on fresh tyres under a safety car.

The Australian, who only made it into qualifying with seconds to spare after his blown engine had to be rebuilt, took the lead with just 10 laps to go in Shanghai when he charged past race leader Valtteri Bottas, who finished second in a Mercedes. Kimi Raikkonen was third for Ferrari.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel, who led from pole until the first set of tyre stops, dropped back to finish eighth after colliding with Max Verstappen, who was penalized 10 seconds for hitting the German.

Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton crossed the line fifth behind Verstappen but was promoted to fourth after the Dutchman's penalty was applied.

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Red Bull's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo drives during the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 15, 2018. 

Results from Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the 5.451 kilometre Shanghai International Circuit on Sunday

1. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull) 305 kilometres/181.5 miles in 1hr 35min 35.980sec

(average speed 191 kph/ 118.6 mph)

2. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes) at 8.894

3. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Ferrari) at 9.637

4. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) at 16.985

5. Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull) at 20.436

6. Nico Hülkenberg (GER/Renault) at 21.052

7. Fernando Alonso (ESP/McLaren) at 30.639

8. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari) at 35.286

9. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Renault) at 35.763

10. Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas) at 39.594

11. Estéban Ocon (FRA/Force India) at 44.050

12. Sergio Perez (MEX/Force India) at 44.725

13. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL/McLaren) at 49.373

14. Lance Stroll (CAN/Williams) at 55.490

15. Sergey Sirotkin (RUS/Williams) at 58.241

16. Marcus Ericsson (SWE/Sauber) at 1:02.604

17. Romain Grosjean (FRA/Haas) at 1:05.296

18. Pierre Gasly (FRA/Toro Rosso) at 1:06.330

19. Charles Leclerc (MON/Sauber) at 1:22.575

20. Brendon Hartley (NZL/Toro Rosso) at 5 laps

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A dragon dance is performed at the opening ceremony of the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 15, 2018. 

Formula One world championship standings after the Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit on Sunday

Drivers

1. Sebastian Vettel (GER) 54 pts

2. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) 45

3. Valtteri Bottas (FIN) 40

4. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) 37

5. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) 30

6. Fernando Alonso (ESP) 22

7. Nico Hulkenberg (GER) 22

8. Max Verstappen (NED) 18

9. Pierre Gasly (FRA) 12

10. Kevin Magnussen (DEN) 11

11. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) 6

12. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) 3

13. Marcus Ericsson (SWE) 2

14. Esteban Ocon (FRA) 1


Constructors

1. Mercedes 85 pts

2. Ferrari 84

3. Red Bull 55

4. McLaren 28

5. Renault 25

6. Toro Rosso 12

7. Haas 11

8. Sauber 2

9. Force India 1

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