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Danny Boy! Ricciardo Wins F1 Chinese Grand Prix

Red Bull Racing's Aussie star steals the show in Shanghai.

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On the list of things a Formula 1 driver doesn't want to see in the rearview mirror, Daniel Ricciardo’s Aston Martin RB14 is near the top. The Red Bull Racing driver reinforced his intimidating reputation as the sport’s best overtaker, putting on a passing clinic in Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix. Below, a look at the Australian’s thrilling comeback victory in Shanghai.

Go, Go, Go! Charles Coates/Getty Images Go, Go, Go! Led by Sebastian Vettel on poll position (front), the Chinese Grand Prix kicked off for the 14th straight year, bringing with it 56 laps around the tricky corners of Shanghai International Circuit. Back, and to the Left Clive Mason/Getty Images Back, and to the Left Daniel Ricciardo (top of picture) started the race in sixth place. As it turns out, just where he liked it. Hot On the Trail Clive Mason/Getty Images Hot On the Trail Coming into Sunday, the 28 year old had won five previous races, all starting from outside the top three on the starting grid. Tread Rightly Mark Thompson/Getty Images Tread Rightly After a switch to soft tires while under caution, Ricciardo — regarded by many as the best overtaker in Formula 1 — made his move. Passing Fancy XIN LI/Getty Images Passing Fancy Ricciardo reinforced the 'overtaker' reputation, here passing defending champion Lewis Hamilton on lap 40. Plugging Away JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images Plugging Away Sparks flew as Ricciardo overtook Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari on lap 42. You're All Clear Kid! Clive Mason/Getty Images You're All Clear Kid! The 2017 leader in passing moves with 43, Ricciardo broke clear in the 45th lap, sneaking inside race leader Valtteri Bottas. Checkered Passed Clive Mason/Getty Images Checkered Passed Ricciardo, who went from sixth place to the lead in just 10 laps, crossed the finish line in 1:35:36, almost nine seconds in front of Bottas. Shining Through Lars Baron/Getty Images Shining Through Ricciardo's victory equaled the record for lowest starting position to win in the 14 year history of Shanghai International Circuit. Taste of Victory Lars Baron/Getty Images Taste of Victory The sweet smell of success might not apply to the Aussie's traditional post-race shoe drink. G’day at the Office Clive Mason/Getty Images G’day at the Office The victory marked the Australian's sixth career Formula 1 win and put him into fourth place in this season's Drivers' Championship with 37 points.
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