His car only made it into qualifying at the last minute while the team completed an power unit change, leaving Ricciardo with just one lap in which to advance beyond the bottom four places on the grid.

He ended up sixth on the grid, and from there the Red Bull team managed the pit strategy better than its Ferrari and Mercedes rivals to put Ricciardo into a potentially winning position.

The man who is widely rated as the best overtaking driver in Formula 1 then proceeded to put in a series of vintage manoeuvres on both the Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel Ferraris and the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas to score a remarkable victory.