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F1 Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo Raced to Victory in Shanghai Thrilling the Sold Out Crowd

It's not often that the paddock's favourite Aussie, Daniel Ricciardo, admits defeat but come 2pm on Saturday afternoon in Shanghai he had all but resigned himself to not taking part in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix as his Red Bull mechanics faced a race against time to swap his Renault power unit.

Unlike their rivals, Red Bull teammates Ricciardo and Verstappen dived into the pits to take on fresh tyres.

Vettel clocked 1min 31.095sec at the Shanghai International Circuit in final qualifying on Saturday ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen in second and Valtteri Bottas in third.

Whilst that was happening Ricciardo, who also managed to set the fastest lap of the race, was on the hunt, and he easily took Sebastian Vettel, as the Ferrari struggled to cope with the pace of the Red Bull.

"I was more disappointed, it's too early to be frustrated", said Ricciardo.

"I'll be honest", said Ricciardo. They are all pretty fun. Red bull under the safety auto to quickly put on the cars their riders fresh sets of tyres that provided them an advantage over the other favorites.

"We knew the corners would be important but it was not enough to make up the difference", he said.

"At the moment, things aren't going the way I want but it doesn't mean I have to calm down".

"I lost the rear of the auto on my first lap so I was a bit beaten up but I knew, if I get a tidy lap and have a bit of magic, I could push it". "[This race] was insane and a lot of fun". He had a tyre advantage, yes, but he made a series of brilliant overtaking moves, and gave Verstappen a lesson in how to balance aggression with judgement.What happens next?

"Obviously today we had really strong pace in the second half of the race and I think once we get to Europe it'll start to balance itself out".

Miracle work from his mechanics saw him start sixth on the podium and a well timed safety auto and pit stop during today's race ensured him the best shot at victory.

Thanks to an outstanding job by the Red Bull engineers, Ricciardo was able to get back out in time for qualifying and will line up P6 on Sunday's grid.

"Sometimes you have just got to lick the stamp and send it". "I enjoyed it very much. Even if Max had hung around the outside [through Turn 2] I just think Max would have had him regardless". While Ricciardo was able to ease past Raikkonen, Verstappen was forced to pull out of a courageous move around the outside of Hamilton through Turn 7, causing him to go off-track and allow his teammate up to fourth. I thought about pulling out... no I'm just kidding... "I had good speed on the mediums, but in the end we would've needed the soft tyres to really go for it". "Worse case I went wide, and I'd have another go". It does get you down a lot.

"A fantastic team effort today". Hates off to the guys in the garage, they have done double pits stops and Daniel executed the flawless race.