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Ricciardo won in China.

Daniel Ricciardo issues bizarre answer about Mercedes during Chinese GP press conference

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It was a Grand Prix to remember for Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

The Australian driver reigned triumphant on the Shanghai circuit to finish on top of the podium at the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday.

Perth-born Ricciardo, aged 28, pipped the two Finnish drivers Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Räikkönen to steer himself to victory in the Far East.

And, Ricciardo was delighted with his performance after clinching a hard-fought triumph.

Indeed, Red Bull have now won a Grand Prix race before Mercedes in the 2018 Drivers' Championship.

And it is something that Ricciardo couldn't comprehend when he was asked about his success in the post-race press conference.

The Aussie was asked what would his reaction have been if someone had said to him in winter testing that Red Bull would win a Grand Prix before Mercedes.

"Holy Testicle Tuesday," he replied, in typical Ricciardo fashion.

Ricciardo was pleased with his display, and went onto praise Red Bull's mechanics and engineers for guiding the franchise to a victory. 

He continued: "That was fun, a lot of fun and I just about believe it now. From where we were yesterday you would not have believed we would be here today. For me this is a massive reward, but for the mechanics and engineers, they really earned this victory.

"At the start of the race I thought we could fight for a podium, but I didn’t really expect a win; then after the safety car and when I could see the way the race was going, I knew we had a chance.

"Once I had a sniff of victory I wasn’t going to let it go. The team made a very quick decision to stop both cars under the safety car and it was a winning decision."

It has been a difficult few weeks for Ricciardo, emotionally on and off the track, but he's pleased to put all of his previous issues behind him.

F1 Grand Prix of China

Ricciardo concluded: "I have lots of emotions. On the in lap I was just smiling and I didn’t have many words, then on the podium I was nearly in tears and in the press conference I was just thinking about the whole race and also about last week; how disappointed this sport can make you feel, but also how high it can make you feel.

"Now we can all go and celebrate tonight.”

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