The Chinese Grand Prix was set to be a straight fight between the folks at Ferrari and Mercedes, although the two Red Bulls were ideally placed to make a lunge at the lead. The two Ferraris had the first row, with Sebastian Vettel holding onto lead, while Verstappen put pressure on both Raikkonnen and Bottas. However, by race end it was the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo that came in first.

The race had settled into a rhythm with strategy looking like it would decide the race positions. Two quick tyre changes by Hamilton and Bottas to mediums on lap 17 and 19 looked like it would take away the advantage of Vettel who stayed out, only to come in on lap 20 to take on Softs. The timing of the pit stop also left something to be desired as he came out behind a charging Bottas. Raikkonen seemed to be set for a different strategy.

That’s when a safety car incident necessitated by Toro Rosso’s Gasly ran into teammate Hartley on lap 30, allowed Ricciardo and Verstappen to dart into the pits and take on a fresh set of softs. The two Red Bulls then found themselves back in the fight although it was Ricciardo who set the track on fire, pulling off overtake manouevres to bring him ahead of the pack, only to open out a good lead.

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The race ended with Ricciardo ahead of Bottas and Raikkonen, whose odd strategy paid off. They were followed by Verstappen, who then got a ten second penalty for hitting Vettel, allowing Hamilton the fourth spot and sixth going to Renault’s Hulkenberg.

Ricciardo said post-race, “At the start of the race I thought we could fight for a podium but I didn’t really expect a win; then after the safety car and when I could see the way the race was going I knew we had a chance. Once I had a sniff of victory I wasn’t going to let it go.

“The team made a very quick decision to stop both cars under the safety car and it was a winning decision. I have lots of emotions. On the in lap I was just smiling and I didn’t have many words, then on the podium I was nearly in tears and in the press conference I was just thinking about the whole race and also about last week; how disappointed this sport can make you feel but also how high it can make you feel. It’s like some sort of drug I guess and now we can all celebrate tonight.”

2018 Formula 1 Drivers

Car NoNameTeam2018 season2017 season
44Lewis HamiltonMercedes281363
5Sebastian VettelFerrari241317
7Kimi RäikkönenFerrari174205
77Valtteri BottasMercedes171305
33Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing148168
3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing126200
27Nico HulkenbergRenault5343
14Fernando AlonsoMcLaren5017
20Kevin MagnussenHaas4919
11Sergio PerezForce India46100
31Esteban OconForce India4587
55Carlos SainzRenault3854
10Pierre GaslyToro Rosso280
8Romain GrosjeanHaas2728
16Charles LeclercSauber15 
2Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren813
18Lance StrollWilliams640
9Marcus EricssonSauber60
28Brendan HartleyToro Rosso20
35Sergey SirotkinWilliams1 

2018 Formula 1 Teams

Team2018 season2017 season
Mercedes452668
Ferrari415522
Red Bull Racing274368
Renault9157
Haas Ferrari7647
McLaren Renault5830
Force India Mercedes32187
Toro Rosso Honda3053
Sauber Ferrari215
Williams Mercedes783
2018 Formula 1 Teams

2018 Formula 1 Races

LocationDateFirstSecondThird
Russia20/09/2018   
Singapore16/09/2018Lewis HamiltonMax VerstappenSebastian Vettel
Italy02/09/2018Lewis HamiltonKimi RaikkonenValtteri Bottas
Belgium26/08/2018Sebastian VettelLewis HamiltonMax Verstappen
Hungary29/07/2018Lewis HamiltonSebastian VettelKimi Raikkonen
Germany22/07/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri BottasKimi Raikkonen
Britain08/07/2018Sebastian VettelLewis HamiltonKimi Raikkonen
Austria01/07/2018Max VerstappenKimi RaikkonenSebastian Vettel
France24/06/2018Lewis HamiltonMax VerstappenKimi Raikkonen
Canada10/06/2018Sebastian VettelValtteri BottasMax Verstappen
Monaco27/05/2018Daniel RicciardoSebastian VettelLewis Hamilton
Spain13/05/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri BottasMax Verstappen
Azerbaijan29/04/2018Lewis HamiltonKimi RaikkonenSergio Perez
China15/04/2018Daniel RicciardoValtteri BottasKimi Raikkonen
Bahrain04/04/2018Sebastian VettelValtteri BottasLewis Hamilton
Australia25/03/2018Sebastian VettelLewis HamiltonKimi Raikkonen
Japan07/10/2018   
United States21/10/2018   
Mexico28/10/2018   
Brazil11/11/2018   
Abu Dhabi25/11/2018   

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