Daniel Ricciardo won the Chinese Grand Prix after championship leader Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen collided during a thrilling race.

Ricciardo started from sixth place, taking advantage of an excellent pit stop strategy to chase his rivals, hauling in Lewis Hamilton, Valterri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel with amazing manoeuvres under brakes.

Valtteri Bottas aiming for victory after Ferrari made an error which allowed Bottas to move ahead of Vettel during their pit stop.

The race shifted when the safety car was deployed following a collision between the Toro Rosso pair of Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly on the 31st lap.

Ricciardo and Verstappen diverted to the pits to strap on fresh tires which paid off for Ricciardo as he passed Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Vettel and finally Bottas for a big win.

Verstappen, who was ahead of Ricciardo, ruined his chance of victory, when he ran off road while attempting to make his way past Hamilton and then later struck Vettel.

The collision caused Vettel to finish in eighth place which allowed Hamilton to reach fourth after Verstappen received a 10-second penalty.

McLaren's Fernando Alonso overtook Vettel for seventh place on the penultimate lap.

"I don't seem to win boring races," Ricciardo said after claiming victory. "That was unexpected. It was hectic. I heard the safety car call a turn 14 and they said we are going to stop. It happened very quickly, but it was a decisive, winning move.”

Toyota Motorsport has outlined their 2015 activities and a name familiar to both Formula One and Japanese racing fans is now part of their plans. Kamui Kobayashi, now employed by Toyota, will race one of their Super Formula entries in the 2015 championship.

Kobayashi has spent the 2014 season driving for Caterham in Formula One. He was benched on more than one occassion and eventually the team collapsed. Kobayashi has one podium in F1, doing so in front of his own people at Suzuka in 2012, driving a Sauber.

He will race alongside Ryo Hirakawa at the KYGNUS SUNOCO Team LeMans operation, joining fellow Toyota pilots Andre Lotterer, Kazuki Nakajima, James Rossiter, Yuichi Nakayama, Joao Paulo de Oliveira, Andrea Caldarelli, Hiroaki Ishiura, and Yuji Kunimoto. "I'm certain he will show race fans great things on the track," a confident Toyota spokesperson declared.