Ricciardo has never won a race from inside the top three on the grid, with his last victory having been seized during last season's Azerbaijan Grand Prix in which he started 10th.
While all this was going on, Ricciardo was relentlessly hunting down Bottas, and he clinically passed the Mercedes to take the lead on lap 45.
Bottas, who had jumped Vettel by pitting one lap earlier, said he was helpless as soon as he saw Ricciardo had cleared the rest of the field. While Ferrari and Mercedes left their drivers out, both Red Bull racers stopped for fresh tyres, giving them extra pace in the closing laps. Kimi Raikkonen took third. "I said to him afterwards "look, the race is long and you threw your podium away".
The Australian carved his way through the field from sixth place, after taking on fresh tyres under a safety auto, to storm to the sixth grand prix victory of his career.
Ricciardo was driving like a man possessed, braking nearly impossibly late to squeeze past Hamilton at the hairpin on lap 40. "Once you get close it is so hard to follow people". The team had to install a brand-new Renault power unit in the two hours before qualifying. His mechanics finished changing the unit with minutes to spare in the first part of qualifying. "Thanks to everyone. The mechanics worked their butts off".
Ricciardo claimed his sixth career F1 win.
After his near-miss with Hamilton cost him a shot at victory, Verstappen recovered well - until he attempted to pass Vettel for third place.
Max Verstappen admitted that he was "disappointed with [himself]" after a Chinese Grand Prix in which he received a ten-second penalty for a collision with Sebastian Vettel.
The German, who was second at the time of their coming together - during a frenetic finale sparked by the deployment of a safety vehicle - limped over the line in eighth. On the winner's podium after the race, the Australian celebrated with his customary "shoey" to the delight of the waiting fans.
"I locked the rears and hit him". I didn't want to compromise my race.
Mercedes' world champion Lewis Hamilton finished in the points for a record 28th successive race.
The Ferrari driver rejoined the track fifth place behind Hamilton and the Red Bull driver, and his lack of grip was evident as Hulkenburg passed him immediately.
"From my side there was not much to do, try to defend but ultimately with the better tyres he could really brake quite a lot later and got inside". That's why I sent Chris Gent - the No. 1 mechanic on Daniel's auto - up (to the podium) today because those guys have earned us that result.
Ricciardo and Verstappen were not early contenders, but the deployment of the safety vehicle on the 32nd of 56 laps swung the race Red Bull's way. "It's disappointing", he said. "It kind of felt like we deserved a victory, but not today. We just got a bit unlucky - but that happens sometimes".
Both drivers said the crash was caused by miscommunication. "When he finally started to turn in normally, it was too late".