(Reuters) -Australian Daniel Ricciardo won the Italian Grand Prix in a stunning McLaren one-two 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, the last being Jenson Button’s victory in Brazil in November of that year, and Ricciardo’s first since he was at Red Bull in 2018.
“About time,” smiled the happy Australian before performing his trademark ‘Shoey’ — glugging the podium champagne from his sweaty boot and sharing it with second-placed team mate Lando Norris and McLaren boss Zak Brown.
“To lead literally from start to finish, I don’t think any of us expected that,” he said.
“To not only win but to get a one-two, it’s insane. For McLaren to be on the podium is huge.”
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. 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.
Photo Australian Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo of McLaren F1 Team (R) and British Formula One driver Lando Norris of McLaren F1 Team celebrate after the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza race track in Monza, Italy, 12 September 2021. EPA-EFE/LARS BARON / POOL