Daniel Ricciardo Drops in a Huge Drive to Survive Update After His Monza F1 Victory

Published 09/18/2021, 4:15 AM EDT
MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 12: Race winner Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 and McLaren Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown celebrate on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 12, 2021 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


Despite enduring a rough start to life at McLaren, Daniel Ricciardo scored McLaren’s first victory in nine years at the Italian Grand Prix. While the Australian displayed immaculate skill in Monza, his teammate Lando Norris followed him to record a stunning one-two finish for the British outfit.

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During a recent appearance, Ricciardo revealed the team had Netflix spending the weekend with them to film Drive to Survive.

Daniel Ricciardo reveals Netflix featured in the McLaren garage in Monza

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Since Netflix took its place in the F1 paddock to film Drive to Survive in 2018, an unlikely trend established itself. Whenever they spent a race weekend with a team, that team ended up producing poor results.

Mercedes famously faced this ‘curse’ in 2019. They had Netflix in their paddock during the German Grand Prix, where they celebrated 125 years of motorsport heritage. Although they did well in qualifying, they couldn’t win the race. While Lewis Hamilton spent nearly one minute in an erroneous pit stop, Valtteri Bottas crashed out due to wet conditions.

However, that stroke of bad luck didn’t halt McLaren in Monza last Sunday. During an appearance on the Pardon My Take podcast, Ricciardo revealed Netflix’s film crew were in the British outfit’s garage throughout the weekend.

He said“What’s really cool is that Netflix follow a team each weekend, and Monza they were with us. So, that was the perfect setting.”

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Ricciardo stands eighth in the drivers’ championship

Prior to Monza, the Australian scored just 56 points from 13 races. However, he scored a stunning 27-point haul on the iconic Italian circuit to take his tally to 83. He moved up to eighth place in the drivers’ championship, 14.5 points behind Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo celebrates after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

In addition, McLaren took 45 points to move above Ferrari in the constructors’ championship. Heading into next week’s Russian Grand Prix, the Woking-based outfit have a 13.5 points gap on their Italian rivals.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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