“It was really only about a podium, not victory. Maybe I’ll get the whole car for free now?” Ricciardo jokes after the sensational success and grins: “Zak got my shoe on the podium after all.” The Australian celebrates appropriately with his so-called Shoey, in which the winning champagne is slurped out of his racing boot. In addition to Ricciardo, his second-placed team-mate Lando Norris and Boss Brown also have to take a sip on Sunday.
Also because an epidemic season lies behind him: “The whole year has been difficult, there have been many frustrating moments. I’ve never had anything like this and everyone could see that I had a hard time. Coming back from that with a win is crazy,” beams Ricciardo. “This victory means everything to me. I try not to make my happiness in life dependent on the sport. If it were only based on that, the last three and a half years would have been pretty miserable, because a lot has happened since Monaco 2018 (last win, d. Red .). But that’s why I love this sport and the highs so much: It makes up for all those shitty days. “
Ricciardo, who grabs the lead at the start and doesn’t give it up until the finish, sees it similarly: “I never really had to defend myself really hard against Max. From then on I knew that it would be difficult for him if I didn’t make a mistake make.”
McLaren’s German team boss Andreas Seidl is overjoyed after the double success for his team: “Simply a great day for the whole team,” said the Bavarian. “I’m of course super satisfied with Daniel today. There is a reason why we really wanted him. He has shown in the past that he can win races and is a top driver. The integration took longer than we wanted, but we stayed calm and kept working hard. “
The Bavarian continues: “The success is a boost for the morale of everyone in the team. To see how both drivers work together is just great for me as team boss and also a prerequisite for the fight with Ferrari (for third place in the team -WM, d. Ed.) As well as for the journey we are on: We want to get there in a few years and fight for victories every weekend. “