Must-See: Norris & Ricciardo Given a Heroic Welcome at McLaren After Monza F1 Triumph

Published 09/16/2021, 2:59 AM EDT
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


It was a happy day in Woking as the McLaren Technological Center welcomed some new bling. Drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris brought home their trophies; it was a heartening feeling for the team. After a 170-race drought, there was a victory to be celebrated.

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The Papaya team welcomed their drivers, who were just as excited. Ricciardo and Norris entered in grand style, amping up their team for the trophies they had in hand. A paramount moment for the team, the 1-2 finish in Monza was a step forward in the right direction.

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For Daniel Ricciardo, his debut season in papaya colors had a rocky start; disappointment shrouded the first half of the season for the Honey Badger. However, after the summer break, the qualifying session in Spa showed the glimmer of hope that the race in Monza confirmed: Danny Ric had never left.

Further, Lando Norris finally made it a step higher on his podium rankings. Having finished third on four occasions, Norris made the upgrade he was hungry for. Overall, the 1-2, the constructor’s trophy, and a newfound footing in the championship battle have been well-earned rewards for the McLaren team.

A dreamy Italian GP for McLaren F1

The big smiles at the MTC are no surprise; the team impressed everybody. Both McLaren cars had showcased some unprecedented speed at Monza, one which helped them out-qualify Lewis Hamilton. Sandwiched in the midst of a championship battle, McLaren filled the gap between Verstappen and Hamilton. Yet, neither driver faltered under pressure.

Norris held back Hamilton while Ricciardo defended his race lead till the end. Effortless and befitting of the celebrations that followed. Further, the points at Monza have put the team comfortably ahead of their rivals on the constructor’s board.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and McLaren’s Lando Norris celebrate after finishing first and second in the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

Daniel Ricciardo had shared his impression of the team that weekend. “We really set the tone from the start of the weekend. I think anyone that’s seen the demeanor this weekend, they’re not surprised. I’m really stoked that it turned into a victory. A big thanks to the team. Not only winning but a one-two’s incredible. A lot of hard work went into this and we really earned it out there.”

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Further, Lando Norris lauded the team’s strategy and hard work that made the victory possible. “We didn’t get lucky, we had the pace, we were in the positions we wanted to be. We had to overtake, we had to defend, we had to do everything.”

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As McLaren gets ready for the Russian GP, the trophies at the Woking HQ will serve as a constant reminder of what the team can achieve.

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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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