“It’s Good to be Back” – Daniel Ricciardo Cheerfully Reacts After Sprint Race F1 Heroics

Published 09/11/2021, 11:46 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


Sprint qualifying is done and dusted with Valtteri Bottas taking the chequered flag. However, the talking point is Daniel Ricciardo taking third place. The Australian has been missing from the front row for a prolonged period, but now will see the five red rights from second place; taking into consideration Bottas’ penalty.

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McLaren are grateful for earning a single point courtesy of Ricciardo’s pace around Monza. However, the driver hailing from Perth knows tomorrow is the main day but is grateful to be back.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 11, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during the sprint qualifying REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

Daniel Ricciardo is happy with a comeback at Monza

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The Australian was starting in fifth place behind his teammate, Lando Norris. The 32-year-old knew he had to bring the most out of his Mercedes-powered car to bring a good result for the Woking-based outfit.

After taking third place in the sprint race, Ricciardo said, “Well, its been a long time to be in this position So it’s good to be back, and tomorrow is the important one, but we gain a position from Valtteri’s problems, So we are in the front row, and that has been a long time. So very happy for that.”

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A podium for Ricciardo at Monza

Daniel’s start at McLaren has been a rollercoaster one. However, after showing his pace in yesterday’s quali session and earning a front-row start for Sunday’s race, Ricciardo is optimistic about earning his first podium for the Woking-based outfit.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during practice REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

The Australian has one point in the bag from crossing the line in third place at the Italian Grand Prix. But, he knows that Sunday is the all-important race day; Ricciardo hopes to earn seize more points for his McLaren colleagues.

Where do you think Ricciardo will finish tomorrow? Will he finish in the same place as he did in the Sprint race? Or get a better result for the team? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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