Verstappen "Disappointed" with Himself Following Error-Strewn Chinese Grand Prix


Verstappen and Ricciardo had carved their way to the top after an inspired gamble by Red Bull team principal Christian Horner to haul both of his drivers in for fresh tyres after Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly tangled and the safety auto was sent out.

With Ricciardo now untouchable, Raikkonen began to pressure Bottas for second, but the younger Finn held on.

Raikkonen's teammate and championship leader Sebastian Vettel finished a lowly eighth following a collision with Red Bull's Max Verstappen, which earned the Dutch driver a 10-second penalty.

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

Meanwhile Raikkonen's team-mate Vettel was having problems of his own, with Nico Hulkenberg pulling away and Fernando Alonso closing.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo celebrated with a trademark "shoey" after winning a sensational Chinese Grand Prix in thrilling style on Sunday. He also collided with Verstappen, which dropped him further down the field. In the end, the top six all opted to change onto the durable medium tyre at the first stop but only Red Bull elected to switch onto the medium compound when the Safety Car came out.

"It was still an open race with the possibility to finish first and second but unfortunately I made some mistakes".

Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas appeared on course for an excellent victory over Vettel before the safety auto period after the Finn jumped the Ferrari during their pit stops.

Toro's torrid day: After the highs of Bahrain, Toro Rosso came crashing back down to earth in China when Pierre Gasly careered into the side of teammate Brendon Hartley at Turn 14, resulting in a Safety Car to clear the debris from the track.

Red Bull pulled both their cars into the pits, bolting a set of fresh soft tires on each. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) +20,4366. Ferrari's first back-to-back front-row lockouts in 12 years was one thing, but the margin back to the best Mercedes (Valtteri Bottas in third was half a second slower) was alarming for the Silver Arrows.

"A lot of time you only get one chance, so I make the most of every opportunity", Ricciardo said. The stewards agreed hitting the Red Bull driver with a 10-second penalty which would demote him to fifth.

Vettel still leads the season standings with 54 points in three races.

Raikkonen also benefited after it initially looked like Ferrari had ruined his chances of a podium by keeping him out too long, but his late stop and the safety car's arrival ensured he had fresh tires for the latter stages of the race.

The 28-year-old has endured a frustrating campaign to date, with a fourth-place finish in Australia adding to his woes in the Gulf.

At the safety auto restart Verstappen, the first of the two drivers, started to make his way up through the field, though ran off the track whilst attempting a daring overtake around the outside of Lewis Hamilton.

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