The Australian Italian gives McLaren success after 9 years: “After the summer break I started to find myself, I unlocked”. Norris: “I wanted to win, I’ll have other chances”. Bottas: “Super weekend”
He started screaming over the radio, talking to his box. Daniel Ricciardo in front of everyone in F1 as it did not happen from Monaco 2018 (at the wheel of a Red Bull), a McLaren in front of everyone as it did not happen since Brazil 2012. “We won! Woooaaaaa, we won! ” screams the Australian with Italian origins, we won! And in return the screams of his team. Ricciardo who seemed lost after the Renault-McLaren passage, Ricciardo who finds himself “at home”, in that Monza that loves him as he had grown up inside the Autodrome.
Ricciardo’s joy is, as always, a show: “Can I say a bad word? Oh no ?! Ok, well, but it was time … The crucial moment was the start, it worked well for me, but even with a good start I couldn’t have a guarantee of winning. I just tried to keep my foot down for the whole GP, it went well ”. Then he explained how his eighth F1 victory was born: “I felt from Friday that there was something positive inside me, I was expecting something good, it was a feeling. The secret? It’s just that I pretended to go slow all year, so this time I surprised them … Seriously, after the summer break I started to find myself, it went well, I think it’s an extraordinary result for the whole team ”. Before addressing the fans in the stands, speaking in Italian: “I was hoping there was a Ferrari on the podium, but in any case I tell you that there is an Italian name at the top of all”. And another roar came from the stands. Then the McLaren drivers added to Sky Sport: “For days I had a feeling in my heart, I am speechless. How will I celebrate? Pizza, wine and … whiskey! We don’t run next weekend anyway. Actually I have a busy week but … who cares, I’ll do what I want ”.
For Lando Norris a sweet second place, yes, but …: “It’s a great result for the whole team, it was a magnificent weekend, four years ago, when I arrived in McLaren, the goal was this and finally the we have centered. I am happy for Daniel who won, when you run points to victory, it is clear that I would have liked to win but I am happy for second place, I will have my chances in the future ”.
After winning the Sprint Race, after starting from the back of the grid for having changed numerous parts of his Mercedes W12, Valtteri Bottas got a podium in his own epic way, after having reassembled the whole world: “Starting at the bottom was not easy , but I said that I would be able to get on the podium and I did it. We took home more points than Red Bull and that’s okay, I’m sorry for Lewis but that’s okay for me. The Hamilton-Verstappen contact? I didn’t see the accident, I don’t know what happened but it’s certainly bad luck for Mercedes ”.
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