WATCH: Daniel Ricciardo Returns Behind the Wheel Just a Day After His Monza F1 Win

Published 09/14/2021, 2:54 AM EDT
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


Daniel Ricciardo is back like he never left. The Australian had a victory a long time coming, and he caught it at Monza. A jubilant celebration followed a well-earned taste of the victor’s champagne by both Ricciardo and the team. However, the tracks called to Ricciardo, and he answered. The victor of the 2021 Italian GP was back on the track with his kart just a day later.

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Getting back behind the steering wheel, Ricciardo hit the tarmac with his number 3 kart.

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Undoubtedly, Ricciardo gave a stunning performance at Monza. After the challenges he’s faced this season, it was a well-deserved win for the Aussie. However, it seems after a day of celebration, the driver wanted the adrenaline of racing instead.

 Daniel Ricciardo- McLaren hero at Monza

Ricciardo made the Sunday at Monza a memorable one. The team was incredibly proud of their new driver, and his breakthrough elated team principal Andreas Seidl.

The race in Monza reassured Seidl. “Daniel struggled with integration, getting used to our car at the beginning, but there’s a reason that we wanted to get him on board: he’s a proven racer and he’s one of the best ones in that sport.” 

Seidl explained how much the 1-2 finish meant for the team. “And to see how the team delivered under pressure was impressive for me, so very happy with that. There’ll be some big celebrations tonight because these moments, you have to celebrate properly.”

Regardless, Seidl knows that the win only means they have to keep the pace going.

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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

Although McLaren ended the triple-header on a high note, the Dutch GP wasn’t great for the team. Seidl knows that the celebrations are temporary and the team will have to work for the future.

“No reason to get carried away; it’s important to celebrate today but shouldn’t forget one week ago [at Zandvoort] we got destroyed. We still have a lot of work to do, but the direction is the right one.”

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As McLaren get ready to take the grid by storm, Ricciardo and Norris will continue to be a strong partnership for the team. Now that Ricciardo has finally found his groove with the McLaren, there’s a lot more of Papaya to come.

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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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