Ricciardo: Monza return will likely be “bizarre feeling” amid McLaren F1 struggles

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Ricciardo took his solely win in two years with McLaren finally 12 months’s Italian Grand Prix, main teammate Lando Norris dwelling in a 1-2 win, McLaren’s first F1 victory in 9 years.

However Ricciardo’s Monza success proved a uncommon spotlight in his troublesome McLaren stint, resulting in the Woking staff’s determination to finish his contract a 12 months early and transfer for Alpine junior and reigning F2 champion Oscar Piastri as an alternative.

Ricciardo heads to the scene of his final win off the again of a disastrous Dutch Grand Prix, qualifying 18th and ending seventeenth in Zandvoort final weekend, with the Australian acknowledging his Monza return will evoke “bizarre emotions” amid his McLaren struggles.

“I am certain there will be some bizarre emotions going again,” Ricciardo mentioned. “Actually, possibly some pleased unhappy emotions, as a result of it was such a giant second final 12 months, however I feel we’re in a special place this 12 months.

“I would like to say we might be preventing for a podium, however I feel we all know the reality in the mean time the place we’re.”

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren, 1st place, celebrates on the rostrum

Photograph by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Photos

Along with his F1 future nonetheless up in limbo, Ricciardo added he was nonetheless motivated to finish his McLaren days on a excessive, saying he does not “wish to exit on a seventeenth place”.

“I do wish to get to Monza with the power that I do know I can present and the outcome I do know I can get,” he defined.

“I do not wish to exit on a seventeenth place or one thing like that, so I’ll hold preventing by means of it.

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“I really like fight sports activities and I am used to watching and supporting fighters who get knocked down and get again up, so I am attempting to place myself in that place now.

“I feel by the top of the season for certain I’ll wish to simply swap off and spend a while dwelling. However I am not prepared for it but.

“It has been at occasions uncomfortable, the final couple of weekends, however I am not prepared to simply go and conceal and shut the door but.”

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