Vettel still leads the season standings with 54 points in three races. No one could have ever predicted that after the way the team has dominated F1 since 2014 and the form they showed in pre-season testing.
Before the start of the 15th edition of the Chinese Grand Prix, you could be forgiven for thinking the Red Bulls weren't in Shanghai for a win, let alone a podium finish. No one could have ever predicted what has gone down as one of the most tense, unpredictable and thrilling F1 races ever. The powerhouse Ferrari and Mercedes teams remained on used mediums.
As the Red Bulls charged, Hamilton pointed out to his team in the pits that they had been caught out by not stopping to change what was the slowest tyre which already had significant life on it. Ricciardo took advantage of his fresh rubber to outbrake Raikkonen at the hairpin, taking fifth place. It resulted in Gasly punting the right-rear section of his teammate's vehicle, which resulted in many bits of sharp carbon-fibre being strewn all over that section of the race track.
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. And that is where the race turned on its head. He was also left to rue the fact he stayed out on old tyres when the Red Bull drivers behind him ducked into the pits.
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The Australian started from the third row, but took advantage when the safety vehicle came out on the 31st lap to allow him to get fresh, soft tires when the other leaders were running on worn rubber and couldn't get in quickly to change.
Valtteri Bottas, who finished second: "The race was going pretty well for us and we were looking strong until the safety vehicle". On lap 41 the Aussie managed to go past Hamilton to take third.
Ricciardo didn't have to battle his team-mate, passing him when his move on Hamilton failed, then fought through the front runners easily, completing a brilliant move on Valtteri Bottas for the lead into Turn 6, cruising to victory in the end by almost 10 seconds.
Verstappen was still going and soon took overtook Hamilton for the second time to retake fourth place, though his time penalty meant the Dutchman ultimately finished in fifth place.
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In came Max Verstappen and Ricciardo, the only front-runners to do so. However, the Mercedes driver wasn't blocked for long, passing Raikkonen down the inside at Turn 3, before Vettel also shot past his team-mate.
They may have lost a place apiece, but when the safety auto was recalled, their pace advantage over the Ferraris of Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen and Mercedes' Bottas and Lewis Hamilton became clear. Verstappen wound up fifth.
And the Spaniard took Vettel in the penultimate lap to cap a bad day for the championship leader.
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Back at the front Ricciardo raced up to race leader Bottas' rear wing before he squeezed up the inside to lead, and win, the Chinese Grand Prix. Hamilton finished fourth on Sunday and was never a factor.