WATCH: Valentino Rossi’s Jubilant Reaction as His ‘Fans’ Ricciardo & Norris Triumph in Monza

Published 09/14/2021, 7:48 AM EDT
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 12: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 and Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 look on from the grid during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 12, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Joe Portlock/Getty Images)


The world of motorsports is connected by the bond that drivers have, whether it be in Formula One or MotoGP. That is exactly what happened at the recent Italian Grand Prix where Daniel Ricciardo & Lando Norris brought in a good result for the team, and MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi had nothing but praise for the McLaren duo.

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The Italian biker was over the moon when he saw Ricciardo had won, and Norris had achieved a P2 finish at Monza. He couldn’t wipe the smile off his face, as both the drivers are huge supporters of him.

Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris bring joy to Valentino Rossi

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While being in the middle of a press conference, the Italian rider was invested in the Italian Grand Prix. When he realized that McLaren had won, he couldn’t hold back the joy and had to share it with those around him.

He said, “He wins now, he wins now, Ricciardo grande. Yeah, yeah, Ricciardo, Norris. So both Ricciardo, Norris I know them, and they are my fans, and I am very happy for them.”

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The Australian couldn’t stop smiling after the victory in Italy

It is no surprise that the 32-year-old had a bad start to his new chapter at McLaren; failing to bring in good results. However, after starting the grid in P2, Ricciardo was optimistic about getting a podium.

And as soon as the lights went out, his determination was set on getting a win; he stole the lead from Max Verstappen. As the checkered flag was waved, Ricciardo found himself to be the one on top. But that’s not all!

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He also put in the fastest lap of the race, bringing his Sunday points tally to 26!

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo reacts on the podium after winning the race REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

The Australian hadn’t tasted victory ever since he left Red Bull. But now, giving his new team their best-ever finish in years, has certainly got him over the moon.

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Having found his confidence again, Ricciardo will hope to do the same at the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi. Do you think the McLaren driver will bring another podium under his belt?

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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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