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McLaren victory 'made Red Bull exit worth it' - Ricciardo

McLaren victory 'made Red Bull exit worth it' - Ricciardo

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McLaren victory 'made Red Bull exit worth it' - Ricciardo

McLaren victory 'made Red Bull exit worth it' - Ricciardo
Ian Parkes & Ewan Gale

Daniel Ricciardo has suggested his Italian Grand Prix victory has made "everything worth it" in his F1 journey since leaving Red Bull in 2018.

The Australian won seven races with Red Bull after rising through its junior ranks before sensationally switching to Renault for 2019.

After building the French manufacturer up to become a podium-scoring outfit for the first time since the beginning of the previous decade, Ricciardo moved to McLaren ahead of this season and initially struggled to find his feet at Woking.

With a strong qualifying performance in Belgium helping to turn a corner after the summer break, Ricciardo then claimed his first win since Monaco 2018 in taking the chequered flag at Monza and McLaren's first since Brazil 2012.

Asked if that win had helped to vindicate his decision to leave Red Bull, Ricciardo responded: "I didn't really think like that in terms of... even through the struggles this year or over the last couple of years at times, maybe.

"I never really got to the mindset of 'Is this it? Is Monaco really the last time I will get there?'

"I knew I would probably have to work a little bit harder for it at times, like last year, for example, getting the Renault back on the podium, that was such a target.

"Achieving that, I took a lot of fulfilment and obviously so did the team.

"Monza, if you like, it did kind of make everything worth it, I guess. It was just nice, nice to stand back up there and nice I think also to do it with another team.

"There is a sense of pride in that, making it work and getting to the top step with another outfit, and none other than McLaren.

"There is certainly some feel-good stuff about it. I like winning, winning is good so it was nice to do it again."

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Symanski

Ricciardo had to leave Red Bull. They were telling him he had every change of a title with them whilst at the same time telling Verstappen they'd build the team around him. That was a very duplicitous position by Red Bull.

In reality, teams need to back one driver and have the other as a spare, or there to act as a buffer to their main challengers. A buffer means you get more of a points difference, hence the value in ensuring they can almost match the No.1. driver. And if something happens to that driver, you've got a competent reserve to hopefully at least get you something out of the season.

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Ricciardo had to leave Red Bull. They were telling him he had every change of a title with them whilst at the same time telling Verstappen they'd build the team around him. That was a very duplicitous position by Red Bull.

In reality, teams need to back one driver and have the other as a spare, or there to act as a buffer to their main challengers. A buffer means you get more of a points difference, hence the value in ensuring they can almost match the No.1. driver. And if something happens to that driver, you've got a competent reserve to hopefully at least get you something out of the season.

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Fee teams would sacrifice either driver for the other but if ricciardo is that good then he would have had more wins than he has. It looked like he was the biz when he beat vettel in 2014 but when you actually look at that year closer danric came from hrt so anything in the points would have been a huge step up. Then it was hardly a fair game when their star driver could barely get his car round the first lap. I like ricciardo but I don't rate him up against the likes of verstappen!

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