The Chinese Grand Prix this year did not start out as anything special. Vettel and Bottas were fighting it out in an interesting, but not overly exciting duel for first, with 3rd 4th & 5th almost certain to go to Verstappen, Raikkonen & Hamilton. However, in the midst of all this, two wild Toro Rosso's left some debris on the track, leading to a safety car that turned this race on its head entirely.
From charging Bulls to tight on-track battles between everyone from Ferraris & Mercedes to McLarens & Renaults, this Chinese GP was something to behold. The turn of events that lead to Daniel Ricciardo's 6th race win was something to behold, so let's take a look at the craziest moments from Shanghai!
#1 Bottas gets Ahead
This Chinese Grand Prix looked like it was going to be decided solely on pit stops for a while, and it almost was. Sebastian Vettel managed to hold off Kimi, Lewis & Valtteri for the first part of the race, but then it started going downhill for Ferrari. Mercedes pulled the undercut, allowing Bottas to put in some sparking laps while Vettel was still on degrading, worn out tires. A miscalculation from Ferrari & a slow pitstop on their part meant that Vettel was around a second behind Bottas on aggregate, allowing the Finn to come out on top after pit stops.
What didn't do Ferrari any favours in the first stint of the race was that they kept Kimi Raikkonen out on used tires far longer than he needed to. This was in an attempt to back Bottas into Vettel. Even this turned out to be futile as Bottas edged ahead of both Ferraris, leaving Kimi trailing on poor tires & Vettel struggling to catch up.