A great Formula 1 Sunday in Monza today, fun and lively, without dubbing and under a beautiful sun. Many media have often forgotten his origins and the fact that he still had his passport in his pocket. But after all the efforts and controversies about this Monza race, it is worth saying clearly. At Monza, an (also) Italian driver, half Sicilian and half Calabrian finally won!
Not many times in the history of this sport has brought good to the drivers in whom the tricolor blood flows: in fact only three in history as the first nationality in the palmares: Farina, Ascari and Scarfiotti. Ricciardo, formally enrolled in Formula 1 with an Australian passport, the land of his birth (Perth), had already seen good memories at the Autodromo Nazionale. In the most beautiful park in Brianza he had seen his career change for the better in 2013, when his debut team, Toro Rosso, led him to finish in a good seventh place and announced his jump to the main team, Red Bull.
And now he takes his McLaren to the bottom of the most prestigious motorsport competition in the world, with a double that, in Woking, had not been celebrated since 2010. And that Ron Dennis was ultimately successful in Monza for the last time in 2007, with Alonso first and second Hamilton. For those who have not seen it unfold, it is good to clarify that, despite the sensational twist, in which Verstappen and Hamilton “wedged” one above the other, this exclusion of the usual protagonists, as well as the first two in the world ranking , was completely irrelevant to the final result.
Verstappen was already in crisis
On closer inspection, in fact, a prolonged stop by Verstappen due to a wheel that was difficult to release (an increasingly rare event in recent pit stops) had already seriously compromised the Dutchman’s position. Among the first pursuers, Bottas, as usual, did not emerge for determination, on the contrary, he only got on the podium due to the misfortune of others, while the pace of the Ferraris, however discreet after much lower premises and expectations at the beginning of the weekend, did not however, it was equal to the former.
A convincing victory
Ricciardo therefore wins and convinces with an embarrassing regularity and fluidity. A real supremacy of driving and car, which saw him also take the fastest lap: he was and he also had good luck on his side. He will therefore bring home a “real” victory, anything but fortuitous like the crazy Sunday of 2020, where the winner was Gasly only by excluding the strongest. Objectively we are witnessing a gradual rise to the top positions of the team, lasting for years, which, combined with the talent of a smart driver and now a veteran of Formula 1, can be realized with a victory of those that remain in history. And that brings the 1989 boy’s palmares to eight, seven of which come exclusively from his Red Bull era.