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How the Ricciardo factor embarrassed his rivals

The Chinese Grand Prix was another example of Daniel Ricciardo's ability to make things happen that others cannot - a triumph of racecraft but also smarter thinking as he and Red Bull made the most of a quirk of timing.

Daniel Ricciardo has an uncanny knack for impeccable timing. His Chinese Grand Prix victory was a masterclass in judging the moment – make that moments – to perfection like no one else. Give him a sniff of victory and he nails it with a ruthless efficiency. This was pure killer instinct.

The razor-sharp timing rubs off on those around him too. Whether it was nailing his overtaking moves as he surged from sixth to first in just nine laps, the decisive call to stop under the safety car, or even making out of the pits in time in Q1 to avoid starting from the back of the grid after repairs following a Renault turbo lunching itself in practice, Ricciardo and those around him were bang on the money.

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About this article
Series Formula 1
Event Chinese GP
Track Shanghai International Circuit
Article type Analysis
Topic's Prime content