Daniel Ricciardo’s overtakes in China underscored his reputation while Max Verstappen’s can only be described as amateurish, clumsy, scary.
Red Bull finds the right mix between grit, aggression and strategy
Red Bull’s lack of qualifying pace provided a path to victory as the team had no choice but to go with an aggressive strategy. Starting on the softer tyre, Red Bull played the under cut and pushed Mercedes to respond. The domino effect was such that it allowed Mercedes to jump Ferrari in the stops (more on that later) but it put the Bulls on the front foot, too.
It wasn’t until Pierre Gasly tangled with Brendon Hartley that Red Bull really made their aggression count.