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Sport Chinese Grand Prix: Ricciardo wins, Verstappen and Vettel collide

18:41  15 april  2018
18:41  15 april  2018 Source:   autosport.com

Bahrain GP F1 practice: Daniel Ricciardo fastest for Red Bull in FP1

  Bahrain GP F1 practice: Daniel Ricciardo fastest for Red Bull in FP1 Daniel Ricciardo set the fastest time in the first Formula 1 practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix as Red Bull had the edge on a tight Mercedes/Ferrari battle .Ricciardo leapt to the top of the leaderboard late in the opening 90-minute session at the Sakhir circuit to go three tenths clear of Valtteri Bottas. Kimi Raikkonen lapped within a tenth of the lead Mercedes, with Sebastian Vettel just 0.012s further back in the daylight session. INITIAL CLASSIFICATION (END OF FP1)Three different teams in the top three

Ricciardo wins, Vettel and Verstappen collide © LAT Images Ricciardo wins, Vettel and Verstappen collide

Daniel Ricciardo charged from sixth to score a stunning first win of the 2018 Formula 1 season as Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel collided in a wild Chinese Grand Prix.

Bottas and Vettel were locked in their own battle for the win until Ricciardo and Verstappen pitted again for fresh, soft tyres during a safety car period just after the halfway mark as their rivals stayed on mediums.

Ricciardo then overtook his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton and Vettel in quick succession before executing a stunning pass on Bottas into the tight Turn 6 right-hander for the victory.

Formula 1: Vettel defends Hamilton over rude Verstappen remark

  Formula 1: Vettel defends Hamilton over rude Verstappen remark Sebastian Vettel launched a strong defence of Formula 1 rival Lewis Hamilton over comments the Mercedes driver made about Max Verstappen straight after the Bahrain Grand Prix .Hamilton was heard calling Verstappen "a d**khead" in the F1 drivers' room before the podium ceremony, prompting questions about it in the post-race press conference.But when Hamilton was asked about what he said, race winner Vettel interjected and expressed sympathy for his rival. © LAT Images Vettel defends Hamilton's Verstappen remark "Can I answer that?" Vettel said.

Formula One F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China - April 15, 2018  Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in action during the race   REUTERS/Aly Song © Reuters Formula One F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China - April 15, 2018 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Aly Song Bottas fought a rearguard action against the recovering Kimi Raikkonen to claim third, after Verstappen tipped Vettel into a spin at the hairpin with 14 laps to go.

Vettel had led from pole in the opening stint and built a lead of just over three seconds over Bottas, and Mercedes moved first on strategy by pitting Bottas on lap 19 of 56.

Formula One F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China - April 15, 2018  Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo celebrates after winning the race   REUTERS/Aly Song © Reuters Formula One F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China - April 15, 2018 Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo celebrates after winning the race REUTERS/Aly Song Ferrari reacted a lap later, but a great middle sector from Bottas helped him sweep past into Turn 1 as Vettel exited the pits.

Hamilton: Inexperience costing Max

  Hamilton: Inexperience costing Max Lewis Hamilton has warned Max Verstappen is losing too many points for Red Bull due to inexperience after their clash in Bahrain.The Red Bull driver has spun twice in the opening two events of the new 2018 season and retired from the Bahrain GP on Sunday after a clash with Hamilton caused irrevocable damage to his car.

Bottas consolidated that advantage over the next dozen laps until Vettel had a brief chance to attack when they caught Raikkonen, who was running a much longer opening stint.

Formula One F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China - April 15, 2018  Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo celebrates winning the race as Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas looks on  REUTERS/Aly Song © Reuters Formula One F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China - April 15, 2018 Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo celebrates winning the race as Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas looks on REUTERS/Aly Song Raikkonen kept Bottas behind into the hairpin at the end of the lap but was powerless to stop an aggressive attack from his fellow Finn around the outside of Turn 1 immediately after.

Vettel followed suit swiftly and put pressure on Bottas into Turn 6 but was rebuffed, and Bottas had eked back out of DRS range when the two Toro Rossos collided at the hairpin.

Formula One F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China - April 15, 2018  Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo celebrates on the podium after winning the race as Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen look on  REUTERS/Aly Song © Reuters Formula One F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China - April 15, 2018 Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo celebrates on the podium after winning the race as Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen look on REUTERS/Aly Song Pierre Gasly misjudged a move on Brendon Hartley and spun them both round, littering the track with broken carbon fibre and wing mirror glass that required a safety car in order to clear it up.

Hamilton moves to settle Verstappen dispute 'to show respect'

  Hamilton moves to settle Verstappen dispute 'to show respect' The dispute between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen from the Bahrain Grand Prix has seemingly been ended in China.World champion Hamilton accused the Red Bull driver of disrespecting him following an early collision at the Bahrain Grand Prix, although Verstappen insisted upon arriving in China for the third race of the season that there was nothing in the incident.

Verstappen and Ricciardo, who were running third and fifth either side of Hamilton after a good first stint on ultrasofts with the others on softs, immediately dived for the pits and rejoined fourth and sixth.

Formula One F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China - April 15, 2018  Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo celebrates with champagne after winning the race as Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen looks on  REUTERS/Aly Song © Reuters Formula One F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China - April 15, 2018 Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo celebrates with champagne after winning the race as Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen looks on REUTERS/Aly Song Ricciardo made short work of Raikkonen, who had only just switched to mediums before the safety car and also stayed out, before catching the squabbling Hamilton and Verstappen.

He passed his team-mate when Verstappen went off-track trying to pass Hamilton on the outside of Turn 7, then nailed Hamilton into the hairpin.

At this point Ricciardo was 2.8s off the lead, but he hacked into that gap and breezed past Vettel on the back straight using DRS.

Formula One F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China - April 15, 2018  Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo celebrates with champagne after winning the race  REUTERS/Aly Song © Reuters Formula One F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China - April 15, 2018 Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo celebrates with champagne after winning the race REUTERS/Aly Song Bottas had a small lock-up soon after Ricciardo was into second, and with 12 laps to go they were nose-to-tail.

Alonso admits Vettel tussle wasn’t ‘fair fight’

  Alonso admits Vettel tussle wasn’t ‘fair fight’ Fernando Alonso says his brief battle with Sebastian Vettel in China wasn't a "fair fight" as the German's Ferrari was damaged.Alonso grabbed seventh place off Vettel on the penultimate lap of the Chinese Grand Prix, taking advantage of the Ferrari driver's woes.

Ricciardo acted swiftly into Turn 4, getting inside Bottas even though his rival defended and forcing him to concede the place.

From there he bolted clear to win by 8.8s as Bottas just about held off Raikkonen, who was given a free pass into third when Verstappen hit Vettel.

Formula One - F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai, China - April 15, 2018 - Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton before the race. REUTERS/Aly Song © Reuters Formula One - F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai, China - April 15, 2018 - Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton before the race. REUTERS/Aly Song Verstappen had caught Vettel on lap 43 and tried an opportunistic move inside the hairpin as Vettel ran deep.

But the two collided when Vettel turned in and both spun in unison, delaying Hamilton in the process.

They rejoined but Verstappen picked up a 10s time penalty, so even though he recovered to fourth on the road he was dropped to fifth - behind Hamilton - in the results.

Formula One - F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai, China - April 15, 2018 - Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton before the race. REUTERS/Aly Song © Reuters Formula One - F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai, China - April 15, 2018 - Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton before the race. REUTERS/Aly Song That was no consolation to Vettel, who fell to eighth at the flag after struggling post-contact and was passed by Nico Hulkenberg's Renault and Fernando Alonso's McLaren.

Behind Vettel, who was furious at Alonso's aggressive pass through the Turn 1-2 complex, Carlos Sainz Jr and Kevin Magnussen completed the points finishers.

Max Verstappen urged to think more in F1 battles by father Jos

  Max Verstappen urged to think more in F1 battles by father Jos A "disappointed" Jos Verstappen says his son Max needs to think more in the heat of Formula 1 battle after his clash with Sebastian Vettel in the Chinese Grand Prix .Speaking on Dutch TV channel Ziggo's Peptalk show, Verstappen Sr admitted that Max's move that led to Vettel's spin, and earned the Red Bull driver a 10-second penalty, was the kind of mistake he needs to avoid in future."The overtake on Vettel really wasn't on," said the veteran of more than 100 GP starts. © LAT Images Jos Verstappen: Max needs to think more "That wasn't possible. It was an error of judgement.

Race result

PosDriverCarLapsGap
1Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault561h35m36.380s
2Valtteri BottasMercedes568.894s
3Kimi RaikkonenFerrari569.637s
4Lewis HamiltonMercedes5616.985s
5Max VerstappenRed Bull/Renault5620.436s
6Nico HulkenbergRenault5621.052s
7Sebastian VettelFerrari5630.639s
8Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Renault5635.286s
9Carlos SainzRenault5635.763s
10Kevin MagnussenHaas/Ferrari5639.594s
11Esteban OconForce India/Mercedes5644.050s
12Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes5644.725s
13Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren/Renault5649.373s
14Lance StrollWilliams/Mercedes5655.490s
15Sergey SirotkinWilliams/Mercedes5658.241s
16Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari561m02.604s
17Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari561m05.296s
18Pierre GaslyToro Rosso/Honda561m06.330s
19Charles LeclercSauber/Ferrari561m19.066s
20Brendon HartleyToro Rosso/Honda51Not running

Drivers' standings

PosDriverPoints
1Sebastian Vettel56
2Lewis Hamilton45
3Valtteri Bottas40
4Daniel Ricciardo37
5Kimi Raikkonen30
6Nico Hulkenberg22
7Fernando Alonso20
8Max Verstappen18
9Pierre Gasly12
10Kevin Magnussen11
11Stoffel Vandoorne6
12Carlos Sainz3
13Marcus Ericsson2
14Esteban Ocon1
15Sergio Perez0
16Charles Leclerc0
17Romain Grosjean0
18Lance Stroll0
19Sergey Sirotkin0
20Brendon Hartley0

Constructors' standings

PosConstructorPoints
1Ferrari86
2Mercedes85
3Red Bull/Renault55
4McLaren/Renault26
5Renault25
6Toro Rosso/Honda12
7Haas/Ferrari11
8Sauber/Ferrari2
9Force India/Mercedes1
10Williams/Mercedes0

Why Kimi Raikkonen is Ferrari's real F1 2018 benchmark .
Sebastian Vettel has won two of the first three races of the Formula 1 season, but his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen is the real benchmark of Ferrari's strength at the start of 2018 .As a four-time world champion who is younger and has considerably better recent form, it is no surprise to see Vettel being an opportunist on Mercedes' bad days and the benchmark on Ferrari's good ones.However, Raikkonen's rise from distant number two to consistent frontrunner at the start of this year is much more at odds with his recent history.

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