F1: Red Bull's Ricciardo wins Chinese Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo storms to Chinese Grand Prix win with sensational drive

Daniel Ricciardo believes victory at the Chinese Grand Prix will strengthen his hand in contract negotiations as he looks to firm up his future.

Ricciardo's mechanics had performed a minor miracle to change a blown engine after practice Saturday, getting him out just in time during the first phase of qualifying.

He took advantage when the safety vehicle came out on the 31st lap to allow him to get fresh tyres.

Speaking after the end of the race, Ricciardo spoke of his delight at pulling off the success, and said it was a reward for the team who helped rebuild the auto.

"I don't seem to win boring races", he said. "They seem to be pretty fun". Kimi Raikkonen was third for Ferrari. Frustrated at the sport, frustrated at all the variables involved in the sport.

"That was obviously giving us a good little bit of grip on the restart", Ricciardo said.

"24 hours ago, I thought that we maybe starting at the back of the grid".

Shocker: While it was celebrations for one Red Bull it was disappointment for the other. There's no clear favourite and plenty of questions. Hamilton finished fourth on Sunday and was never a factor. He led for the first 20 laps but fell back, first due to a pit stop and then after a collision with Red Bull's Max Verstappen on the 43rd lap. That wouldn't be the end of Verstappen's eventful day; on lap 43 he collected Sebastian Vettel at Turn 14 which saw him slapped with a 10 second time penalty. Verstappen wound up fifth.

Red Bull's win adds a fresh wrinkle to a season in which Ferrari had surged out in front, with Vettel stunning Hamilton and Mercedes by taking the first two races of the season.

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

"It's easy to say afterwards I should have waited, it probably would have been the best idea but unfortunately it happened".

"I had no pace, so I was just trying to hold on for whatever I had".

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Bottas acknowledged Mercedes still "has work to do".

Breakthrough: Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo celebrates on the podium in Shanghai. "Just depending on the conditions and whoever gets the tires and the set up right".

Bottas said the race "slipped away".

But the race turned due to a mid-race safety vehicle.

They barely made it, with mechanics seen snapping pieces of the car's body back into place with about a minute to spare.

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg finished sixth for Renault, ahead of Alonso whose aggressive overtaking move on Vettel was "noted" by stewards.

Kevin Magnussen finished in the points for the second straight week as he brought his Haas F1 vehicle home 10th a week after finishing fifth in Bahrain. Lance Stroll of Montreal was 14th.

All six of his wins have come after he started from fourth or lower.

"This sport's insane", he said.

"This sport's insane. A week ago, I had my head down after two laps".

"Occasionally I wonder why I chose this game simply because there' s therefore lots of activities out of one's control plus it'll get you down lots of".

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