Daniel Ricciardo - 10
Qualified – 6th
Finished – 1st
The Chinese GP was a sensationally entertaining spectacle – just the kind of race which Ricciardo has a habit of winning. Emerging from the pitlane in sixth after Red Bull decided to pit for fresh soft tyres during the lap 32 safety car, Ricciardo demonstrated supreme skill to scythe through the field. It took him just 10 laps to go from sixth to first – underlining why he is considered the grid’s best racer in the process.
Ricciardo nearly failed to qualify on Saturday after a turbo failure in the final practice session left his mechanics needing to install a fresh power unit between sessions. A task that the team had not achieved in under three hours had to be done in two for Ricciardo to be ready for qualifying. A 10 out of 10 performance from Ricciardo’s mechanics should not go unnoticed as but for their superb work under pressure, he would have started the race on the back of the grid.