Daniel Ricciardo: "I Have A Lot Of Emotions" After Incredible Win

Howard TerryApr 16, 2018

At that point, Bottas held a narrow lead over Vettel after undercutting the pole-sitting Ferrari at the first round of pit-stops.

"We were going pretty well and we were looking strong until the safety auto", he said. Both Renaults had also followed Red Bull in switch to soft tires under the Safety Car.

Hamilton escaped without damage to his Mercedes vehicle last week, but the same could not be said for Vettel and his Ferrari here. He then picked of Vettel easily and then seized the lead from Bottas with a similarly bold move.

Kimi Raikkonen, who finished third: "I think we made a good start, got blocked a bit and got passed in the first corner".

Verstappen may be only 20, but he has started 63 grands prix and is a three-time victor.

Bottas was still leading after a faultless race but Ricciardo - who had said he would have tried to pass Vettel for the lead on the final lap in Bahrain in Bottas' shoes - pulled a breathtaking move at Turn 6 for the lead.

Mercedes are yet to win this year, the first time since the turbo hybrid era started in 2014 that they have been beaten for three races in a row.

Ricciardo's charge included a late but clean lunge down the inside of Hamilton at the hairpin.

"Sometimes you just have to lick the stamp and send it", Ricciardo said. His mechanics finished changing the unit with minutes to spare in the first part of qualifying.

With 11 laps remaining, Ricciardo snatched victory from Bottas on his fresher tyres. So, today was the reward of that work.

Verstappen was too far back to try a realistic move but he threw his auto down the inside at the apex, locked his rear wheels and slid into Vettel, earning a 10-second penalty from the stewards for causing a collision. The two collided, with both spinning. Verstappen was forced to take evasive action and go off the track as Hamilton took the normal racing line, resulting in him dropping behind Ricciardo who was shadowing the pair looking for an opportunity. Vettel limped on, falling down the order to eighth. No one could have ever predicted what has gone down as one of the most tense, unpredictable and thrilling F1 races ever.

"I locked the rears and hit him".

"He was closing lap after lap with pretty big gains" said Bottas.

Mercedes have edged in front in the constructors' championship by a single point from the Italian team, who saw Vettel's lead at the top of the drivers' standings cut to nine points by Hamilton.

The Brit was soundly beaten by Bottas in qualifying, and couldn't match his team-mate or Vettel for pace in the race.

Verstappen botched his chances of victory, and a possible one-two for Red Bull, with scrappy attempts to overtake the main title contenders. "(We were) thankful for a few incidents ahead that kept us in the battle". "From where we were yesterday you would not have believed we would be here today".

The introduction of the safety auto proved a pivotal moment after marshals sought to clear debris from the hairpin after a collision between Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly and Brendon Harley.

Both drivers said the crash was caused by miscommunication.

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