THE MOTORSPORT LAP
Mean feats behind the wheel, here and abroad
This past weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix went well for Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo, while local drivers are rewarded for their efforts
The 2018 Formula One championship is gaining some momentum as the third race of the season, the Chinese Grand Prix, took place this past weekend. A good qualifying stint by team Ferrari saw both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen place their cars on the front row of the grid. Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton managed to qualify third and fourth. On race day it was a case of getting into the first turn with no incidents and Vettel managed to emerge out of the first corner ahead, while Raikkonen lost a position to Bottas who moved up to second as Hamilton lost five positions to ninth. Following an incident where two Torro Rosso cars collided with one another, a safety car was dispatched due to the debris on the track, which played firmly into the hands of Red Bull who brought their drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen into the pits for a set of fresh tyres. With the leading teams having lost their window, the Red Bulls were stronger towards the end of the race as ev...