“Anyone who thought I left, I never left”– Daniel Ricciardo’s golden words after winning the Italian Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull-Mercedes giants.
Daniel Ricciardo’s redemption is here; the man who was written was off because of his underwhelming start, being rated below to his teammate, who is almost a decade younger than him.
But Ricciardo never lost hope in his abilities and rose from the ashes to win the Italian Grand Prix to give McLaren its first win after 3213 days.
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) September 12, 2021
Who would have thought that the 32-year-old driver would be able to absolve pressure from the seven-time world champion and would be overtaking the young sensation Max Verstappen in an inferior car, whose fame was the biggest reason for Ricciardo’s exit from Red Bull at the end of 2018.
Yet Ricciardo did it with his nerves of steel and didn’t yield, even though his pitstop could have turned out to be a catastrophic call when he lost his lead by six positions.
So, in the end, his words after the race win, “Anyone who thought I left, I never left,” are indeed the most precise words ever said in Formula 1, probably in this millennium.
The celebrations, as expected, were going to be wholesome to another level, and the McLaren trio on the podium did the legendary shoey during the celebration.
First, it was Ricciardo obviously, then he insisted Norris to do it (P2), who reluctantly adhered, but Zak Brown was in full party mode, and without question, soaked in champagne and took a large gulp from Ricciardo’s shoe.
— WTF1 (@wtf1official) September 12, 2021
And that is where the Italian Grand Prix at Monza called it a night, the track that gave back to back unexpected winners. With this P1-P2, McLaren has a significant lead against Ferrari in the world championship.