Daniel Ricciardo picks his most moving F1 wins
Daniel Ricciardo chose the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix and the triumph of Monza this year as his most moving victories.
The last time in Italy, the Mclaren pilot returned to the top step of the podium for the first time in three years, crossing the finish line ahead of teammate Lando Norris to secure the team’s first double in a decade.
His last victory before that came in Monte Carlo in 2018, when he resisted Sebastian vettel to claim victory two years after a pitstop error deprived him of a victory on the same circuit.
Ricciardo says that in terms of the emotion it gave him, he thought nothing would ever equal this – but the race at Monza ultimately did.
“It was on par with the Monaco 2018 summit,” he told the McLaren official website.
“I thought this victory would never be matched because of all this redemption thing after what happened to me there two years earlier. But what I felt at Monza was that high.
“And I also felt high personally, but also with the people around me – everyone was floating. I remember doing interviews and I was… I wasn’t really there at the time in some of them. It was wild.
The moment @DanielRicciardo added his own piece of McLaren history to the MTC Trophy Cabinet. ??
And he chose a place next to a very special trophy. ?? pic.twitter.com/Umk6gu1I8H
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This came after a few difficult months for the Honey Badger, who struggled to control their car and was regularly passed by Norris.
He admits such struggles have kept him awake at times this year, but says they provide motivation as well.
“Yes, absolutely. It keeps me awake at night, ”he said.
“But I think one of my strengths is being able to deal with the disappointment and then move on. And I’m not saying I’m burying it, not at all. I approach it and try to learn from it.
“If a Sunday is terrible, for sure Sunday night I’m very bored and probably won’t sleep very well. But Monday, I’m like “okay, let’s tackle this because what I felt 12 hours ago, I don’t want to feel it anymore”.
“I hate this feeling so I’m like ‘what do I do to get out of this position?’ and then it’s the motivation to move forward.