Daniel Ricciardo Divulges Feelings of Aussie Pride After Securing Monza Double With Piastri

Published 10/02/2021, 7:44 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo celebrates on the podium after winning the race REUTERS/Massimo Pinca


The weekend at the temple of speed was a glorious one for the Australians. Not only did their sole F1 representative, Daniel Ricciardo, take the win at Monza, but also, Oscar Piastri held his victor’s trophy high at the feature race. The Aussie drivers dominated the circuit in Monza.

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Looking at his potential successor, Ricciardo shares his feeling of pride towards Piastri.

MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 12: Race winner Oscar Piastri of Australia and Prema Racing celebrates on the podium during Round 5:Monza feature race of the Formula 2 Championship at Autodromo di Monza on September 12, 2021 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)

In an exclusive F1 interview, Ricciardo sat down with Lando Norris to discuss the magnificent win at Monza. Ahead of the McLaren victory, however, was the F2 feature race. Oscar Piastri took home a commanding victory in his Prema machine; his first feature race victory. As Lando observed, there were two Aussie national anthems played on the podium that day; a moment of extreme honor for both the drivers.

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When asked about the F2 driver, Ricciardo said, “I’m really excited to see the likes of Oscar do well.” Piastri’s phenomenal racing impressed Ricciardo. “Oscar’s been on it this year; and really good racecraft as well so, seems to have the whole package right now.” Hopefully, we will soon see another Australian flag on an F1 chassis soon.

Daniel Ricciardo explains the Australian feeling

Ricciardo also talked about the feeling of having another driver on the grid, especially if it’s someone to look up to. “I know what it was like for me when Mark Webber was in F1. And when I joined the grid, and he was still there, I was just like… it was cool. It was a cool feeling, and obviously proud to represent Australia.”

Although briefly, Ricciardo shared the grid with Webber, who retired in 2013. However, now, Webber coaches Oscar Piastri. Having stepped into his boots at Red Bull, Ricciardo later shared a shoey with his fellow Australian.

However, as great as these drivers are, it takes a level of Aussie determination to make it to the big league. The McLaren driver explained“We’re not leaving our beautiful c country for nothing. We’re also probably quite stubborn, so I think once we’re set on our path, then it’s hard for anyone to sway us away from that.”

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His Prema counterpart shared a similar opinion. “I think being in Australia is a bit of a blessing and a curse. I’ve been to a lot of countries now and it’s still by far, my favorite.”

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As the determined Aussies hit their milestones and move on to the next, Ricciardo may soon have to share his shoey with his fellow Australian; Showing great promise, Oscar Piastri may not have to wait too long before an F1 seat. Further, with Ricciardo having found his stride in the McLaren, the Honey Badger has made his return. Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi!

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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