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F1: Ricciardo wins at Monza in McLaren one-two finish

Last updated on: September 12, 2021 20:47 IST
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IMAGE: McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo celebrates in parc ferme after winning the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza in Monza, on Sunday. Photograph: Lars Baron/Getty Images

Australian Daniel Ricciardo won the Italian Grand Prix in a stunning McLaren one-two with Lando Norris at Monza on Sunday while Formula One title rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton took each other out of the race.

 

The victory was McLaren's first since 2012 and Ricciardo's first since he was at Red Bull in 2018.

"About time," smiled the happy Australian.

"To lead literally from start to finish, I don't think any of us expected that.

"To not only win but to get a one-two, it's insane. For McLaren to be on the podium is huge."

IMAGE: Formula One title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen collided and crashed out of the Italian Grand Prix. Photograph: Lars Baron/Getty Images

Ricciardo, now an eight times Grand Prix winner, had started on the front row and seized the lead from Verstappen at the start and he completed his day with a bonus point for fastest lap right at the end.

Valtteri Bottas was third for Mercedes after winning the Saturday sprint race and then starting at the back of the grid due to engine penalties.

While McLaren celebrated, Verstappen and Hamilton had nothing to smile about.

IMAGE: McLaren's Lando Norris took second place in a first one-two for McLaren since 2010. Photograph: Lars Baron/Getty Images

The pair collided and crashed out after their pitstops, with Verstappen's Red Bull lifting off the kerb and ending up on top of Hamilton's Mercedes in the gravel, with the halo head protection device keeping the champion out of harm's way.

Both climbed out after the accident at the first chicane, with Verstappen's five-point lead in the championship unchanged.

"That's what happens when you don't give space," said Verstappen on the team radio.

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