Ricciardo controlled the procedure at Monza after taking the lead from Max Verstappen in the first lap, the pressure then easing after Verstappen and title rival Lewis Hamilton collided, knocking out a safety car in the middle. -race.
Ricciardo kept a steady gap with McLaren teammate Lando Norris in the final 23 green flag laps, leading him home to score a 1-2 for the team.
This is Ricciardo’s first podium since joining McLaren, his first win since the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix, and ends a nine-year drought for the team since Brazil 2012.
It is also the first one-two for McLaren since Canada 2010.
Ricciardo was told he couldn’t swear during the Parc Fermé interviews, but said it was “about [pause] time”.
“I knew, to be honest, that even if we took the start, it was never a guarantee that we would lead the whole race,” said Ricciardo.
“I managed to hold on to the front in the first stint. I don’t think we had mega speed, but it was enough to keep Max behind.
“And then I don’t know, there were security cars, there was this and that. Literally leading from start to finish, I think none of us expected.
“There was something in me on Friday. I knew something good was going to happen. Let’s just say that.
Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M
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Ricciardo had told Autosport after qualifying fourth on Friday that he felt an “internal rage” not to be higher on the grid, believing he had the pace to fight at the forefront.
The result ended a difficult start to life with McLaren for Ricciardo, who had struggled to match the form of teammate Norris for much of the season so far.
Ricciardo joked that he had been “a sandbag SOB all year round” but praised the impact of summer vacation for helping him reset.
“Third, fourth, fifth, you might as well win, so that’s what I did,” Ricciardo said.
“Obviously the August break was good, just to reset, so I felt better the last three weekends.
“Not only winning, but getting a 1-2 is crazy. For McLaren to be on the podium is huge, let alone 1-2.
“So it’s for the Papaya team. I am at a loss for words for once.