"Good to get on the board, good to finish the race, we were looking for that for the last couple - obviously we'll take the positives from that", Ricciardo said.
It was Hamilton's 75th career victory, and it came on a weekend on which he had struggled throughout practice but pulled a lap out of the bag to grab a front-row spot, which proved the foundation for his win.
"It really has been an interesting first three races".
Hamilton, who celebrated his latest triumph by making the 6,500-mile journey from Shanghai to Los Angeles on Sunday evening, is keeping his feet firmly on the ground as he pursues a sixth title. It also moved him into the lead in the overall standings after three races.
The fourth race of the season takes place on the streets of Baku, in Azerbaijan, in a fortnight. Montreal's Lance Stroll was 12th driving for Racing Point.
"I thought it was going to be fine because I'd never had that issue before, so on the formation lap I made the normal start practice".
"And after that it was kind of history".
Polesitter Bottas made a good initial getaway, but wheelspin during the acceleration phase cost him valuable momentum and allowed Lewis Hamilton to sneak ahead on the run to the first corner.
"You can see it is still very close between us all", Hamilton said. It was a shame about the start.
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But Hamilton's superb lights-to-flag victory was overshadowed by the intra-team politics which threatens to destabilise Ferrari's season. The key this year, as it was last season, is to continue delivering near-perfect weekends.
Verstappen declared after the race that while he was unable to get beyond Sebastian Vettel in a bit of a battle, he was happy to get past his Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc and was looking for more pace to challenge the top two teams.
"Let Sebastian by. Let Sebastian by", the team radio told Leclerc. On lap 11, he was ordered to let Vettel through and that wasted crucial time and yielded hardly any team benefit.
"I'm glad he talks like that because it shows maturity", he said. "We tried, it didn't work, but it seemed right to give that chance to Seb".
"We were just not able to stick with Mercedes". Everybody just lining up and they are just f*****g it up.
He was asked about the team orders and didn't give a straight answer in the post-race press conference sitting alongside Bottas and Hamilton.
The decision did not help get Ferrari nearer to Mercedes - and were slammed by fans (Pic: SKY SPORTS F1) "Ferrari are a joke".
"I had a bit of a moment in which I had to open the auto a bit, but it was good because I just kept almost a vehicle length ahead and then at the end going into the last corner for him I guess wasn't sexy so that was good fun". I answered that I felt I can. But I will try to change that as soon as possible. "At that point the gap was already quite big".
Vettel expressed some frustration. 'The priority will be to focus on the performance of the vehicle.