Daniel Ricciardo jokes that he doesn’t “seem to win boring races”.
After the sixth win of his career at the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, there does seem to be a trend forming.
In all six of those wins, Ricciardo has started from outside the top three on the starting grid, and his drive from sixth on Sunday was from the equal lowest position in the history at the Shanghai International Circuit.
The Red Bull driver put on an overtaking clinic, moving from sixth to first within eight laps, and flew past teammate Max Verstappen, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
All that came after the 28-year-old’s engine blew up in the final practice and his mechanical crew had to work just to get him to qualifying.
Ricciardo’s efforts in overtaking four of the top-five drivers in the competition in quick succession came after a switch to soft tyres while the safety car was on the track.
Racing started again on Lap 36 of 56 and Ricciardo had moved past fifth-placed Raikkonen the next tour. By Lap 45, he snuck inside Bottas to take the lead.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner called Ricciardo’s drive “absolutely clinical”.