WATCH: Driver of the Day Daniel Ricciardo Felt ‘Just Moved Aside’ in Emotional Radio After Monza F1 Win

Published 09/12/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 11, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo celebrates winning third position in the sprint qualifying REUTERS/Massimo Pinca


Daniel Ricciardo took the checkered flag at the Italian Grand Prix after overtaking Max Verstappen for the lead from the very start. He was over the moon and expressed his emotions on the team radio.

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The Aussie’s gotten a podium finish under his belt after a prolonged period, and even more so for a race win. He was ecstatic on the team radio as soon as he crossed the line and expressed his joy on the team radio.

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

Daniel Ricciardo was overjoyed after taking the win at Monza

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The Australian’s last win was at the infamous Monaco Grand Prix back in 2018. Since then, Ricciardo hasn’t achieved a victory, and has been struggling ever since he moved to McLaren for this season.

However, at the Italian Grand Prix, he proved his doubters wrong after crossing the line in first place.

He came on the team radio and said, “Deep down, I knew this was going to come. So thanks, thanks for having my back, and for anyone who thought I left… I never left. Just moved aside for a while. Thanks, guys.”

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Ricciardo takes home maximum points from Monza

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Danny started the race in second place, behind his former Red Bull teammate, Max Verstappen. Hence, the McLaren driver was optimistic about bagging his first podium for the Woking-based outfit.

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

The 32-year-old was true to his word; as soon as the lights went out, he stole the lead from the Red Bull driver. He saw himself take the checkered flag and the fastest lap, taking home 26 points from the main race on Sunday.

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Now, with a week off, Daniel will head into the Russian Grand Prix with his head held high. Can he repeat the heroics of Monza at Sochi? Let us know 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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