Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Lewis Hamilton reveals the real reason he struggled in Chinese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton reveals the real reason he struggled in Chinese Grand Prix

Verstappen was handed a ten-second post-race time penalty but all eyes were on the charging Ricciardo. And his luck seemed unlikely to turn when he suffered an engine problem in FP3.

As the drivers reeled off the closing laps with Ricciardo looking serene at the front, the main on-track interest was the battle for second place, with Bottas closely followed by Raikkonen and Verstappen.

"It's a fun way to win for sure", Ricciardo told Sky F1 after taking the lead in less than 20 laps, pulling off overtaking manoeuvres on the likes of reigning champion Lewis Hamilton, Raikkonen and Bottas.

Daniel Ricciardo put on an overtaking clinic to triumph at the Chinese Grand Prix, while team-mate Max Verstappen's reckless driving thwarted championship leader Sebastian Vettel.

"I don't know what it is", said Ricciardo.

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"I don't seem to win boring races", he grinned from the podium before chugging the champagne from his racing boot in a trademark "shoey".

"They are all pretty sweet but to be honest, until I got Valtteri I wasn't getting excited about any of them".

"It was hectic, I heard safety vehicle [was being called] in T14". The Red Bull team could not hide their delight, imploring the Australian to now challenge Vettelfor second spot.

"In the end we would have needed the soft tyres to really go for it".

"I had no pace and was just trying to hold on for whatever I had". It was insane, a lot of fun. It happened very quickly but a very decisive winning move from the team.

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"Twenty-four hours ago I thought we might be starting at the back of the grid". "The win was the real reward for all their hard work". "They worked their butts off".

The moves on Hamilton and Bottas were made in his trademark style - making a hugely committed dive down the inside from a long way back, but always in total control on the edge of adhesion. Daniel's 28. He's got a lot of experience behind him. We have lost performance since Melbourne and maybe even more so this weekend.

"From my side there was not much to do, try to defend but ultimately with the better tyres he could really brake quite a lot later and got inside".

"After Valtteri, I also got a small bit giddy and also got to the radio".

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel on his crash with Max Verstappen: "I didn't see him until late and left a bit of room. Worse case I went wide, and I'd have another go". A massive well done to the team on such a strong weekend and of course to Daniel on the race win. "The passing moves, there was one more at turn 14 where he came from so far back, I think it was on Lewis (Hamilton), and he just got the job done". "Hats off to the guys in the garage, they've pulled off two double pit stops as well, nailed the strategy and Daniel's executed the ideal race".

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The win for Ricciardo is made all the more remarkable by the fact he very almost missed qualifying due to a turbo issue on Saturday, and only took to the track after a swift fix job from his own mechanics and those in Verstappen's garage.

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