Daniel Ricciardo Reveals Who He Facetimed First After His Monza F1 Victory

Published 09/21/2021, 9:15 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)


After a long, long wait of 9 years, McLaren are on the top step of the podium again — all thanks to Daniel Ricciardo. Ending the nearly decade-long drought, the team achieved a commendable 1-2 finish at Monza, with Ricciardo leading the line.

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And what does a Grand Prix winner do after winning for the first time in three years? Does he go over the race and think about his winning moment?

For Ricciardo, it’s much simpler than that. He giggles!

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Daniel Ricciardo said his first post-race call goes to his parents

After an eventful homecoming to the McLaren Technology Centre, Daniel found some time to sit down with McLaren.com and reflect on the crazy weekend which saw McLaren becoming the first constructor to secure a 1-2 finish in the 2021 F1 season.

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When asked who’s the first person Daniel spoke to when everything settled down after the delirious race, Daniel replied promptly that it was his parents.

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

Mum and Dad. That’s the first call I make. After the race, by the time I got back, I think it was like 2:30 AM for them. And I was like, ‘I wonder if they’re still awake…? They’re probably awake, they’re probably drunk, or their adrenaline is so high they can’t sleep.’

“So, I FaceTimed them and that was cool. It was cool just to see how excited they were at that moment because by the morning, naturally, a little bit of the emotion has fizzled out.”

Ricciardo also said that after the call ended, he got some time to himself when he reflected on what he had just achieved.

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

He said, “Straight after that call, I had a shower. And that was really the first moment I had to myself. Those five minutes were the chance for me to exhale and when I did, do you know what happened? I just giggled to myself. Simple as that. I just giggled.

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Monza never fails to surprise

This is, however, not the first time that Monza has given the Formula One fans a truly historic race. Last year, at the 2020 Italian GP, Pierre Gasly won his first-ever Grand Prix at Monza, leading AlphaTauri to their first victory in F1 as well.

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In 2019, it was Charles Leclerc, who led Ferrari to their first victory at their home GP since 2010.

We can say with certainty that Monza never fails to surprise! And that’s why, despite having almost half a season ahead of us, we look forward to next year’s Italian GP!

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Riddhi Mondal

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Riddhi Mondal is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Having previously worked as a student reporter at The Statesman, she is an ardent follower of all things F1. A nerd through and through, the complicated physics that goes into the cars is what drew Riddhi to the sport.

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