"It's been a very long time", says Ricciardo of entrance row spot

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo will line up on the entrance row of the grid for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix after success in Saturday’s dash qualifying race on the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

Ricciardo was fifth quickest in yesterday’s formal qualifying session, however McLaren gambled on beginning each him and workforce mate Lando Norris on the comfortable tyres for right this moment’s 18-lap dash whereas everybody else performed protected on mediums.

It meant he was within the excellent place when the lights went out to grab the chance of a slow-starting Lewis Hamilton getting slowed down with wheel spin.

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Ricciardo and Max Verstappen went both facet of the Mercedes into the primary nook, and the Australian even thought he had a real probability of forcing his manner into second place behind race chief Valtteri Bottas.

“That is what gave me the possibility, you realize, a superb begin,” he instructed the media in parc ferme after the tip of right this moment’s race. “I believed possibly I would get Max at Flip 1, however he had the within.

“I had a superb tow and I had additionally a transparent line braking for flip 1, so I used to be capable of go fairly deep and I believed possibly I may get Max for a second.

“However then he had the within for one, and I believe if I stayed there and tried to maintain the within for 2, I don’t suppose there was sufficient room for 2 vehicles.”

With Bottas having to begin from the pit lane tomorrow for taking new engine parts, Verstappen is promoted to pole for the Italian Grand Prix with Ricciardo second adopted by Norris and Hamilton.

It is Ricciardo’s first entrance row begin since he was final on pole with Pink Bull within the 2018 Mexican Grand Prix. “It has been a very long time to be on this place,” he mentioned.

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren F1 Team  11.09.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 14, Italian Grand Prix, Monza

“Tomorrow is the vital one, however we achieve a place from Valtteri’s issues, so we’re on the entrance row for the primary time in a very long time.

“I am very pleased with that,” he mentioned. “It is good, it is good to be again!

“For McLaren it’s been a very long time, for me it’s been a very long time,” he added. “So it’s undoubtedly refreshing to be again up right here.

Requested if he would now concentrate on settling for second place in tomorrow’s race, Ricciardo replied that it could be “Full assault!”

“We’re shut and I do know a number of issues might need to swing in our favour tomorrow,” he conceded. “However we’ve actually put ourself within the combat, within the hunt. I’m very excited to get going with that and attempt to make some great things occur.”

“I’m hungry. I believe anybody that noticed me after qualifying yesterday, I believe they’re not stunned about this end result right this moment.

“I look ahead to tomorrow!” he added, after delighting the followers within the grandstands displaying off his Italian linguistic expertise.

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