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New video reveals peak Ricciardo moment

On-board footage from Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault shows the Aussie F1 star was pumped from the get-go of the Italian Grand Prix.Starting from seventh on the grid, the 31-year-old enjoyed a blistering opening lap where he overtook former Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen and Mercedes stud Valtteri Bottas.Watch the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship™ on…

On-board footage from Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault shows the Aussie F1 star was pumped from the get-go of the Italian Grand Prix.

Starting from seventh on the grid, the 31-year-old enjoyed a blistering opening lap where he overtook former Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen and Mercedes stud Valtteri Bottas.

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Ricciardo mowed down Verstappen seconds after lights out and the new video shows him chasing the rest of the pack out in front.

He gets close to Bottas a couple of times before being forced to ease off the throttle around corners, but the West Australian eventually made his move and skirted through on the inside of the man coming second in the drivers’ championship, behind Silver Arrows teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Ricciardo was full energy at a circuit he expected to do well at, and let his team know about it on the radio after his awesome move on Bottas.

“Let’s f***ing go. Woohh!” Ricciardo cheered as his engineer congratulated him on a job well done.

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Ricciardo finished sixth in a dramatic race on the weekend that saw first-time winner Pierre Gasly joined on the podium by Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll as top dogs Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull all missed out.

“Congrats to Pierre, I was just saying while the circumstances were in his favour today with the restarts and red flags it’s not easy,” Ricciardo said after the race. “You’ve built up all this adrenaline, you try to cool yourself and then you get kind of jacked up again.

“Mentally it’s really hard. It’s fun, don’t get me wrong, I like it, but I think for him to maintain that for his first win around a track that’s an overtake-able circuit, congrats to him, he deserves it.”

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Ricciardo’s teammate Esteban Ocon crossed the line eighth as Renault celebrated both cars finishing in the points.

While Ricciardo said before the grand prix the Monza track would suit Renault and provide his best chance of a top-three finish this year, he wasn’t disappointed with making the best of strange circumstances that saw all drivers restart the race on the grid after a horrible crash involving Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

“Sixth isn’t bad for us, I felt I couldn’t have done anymore in the situation,” Ricciardo said.

“We weren’t the only ones, but the safety car and red flag did not go our way today. After a good start and good pace, the timing wasn’t on our side, but that’s something we can’t change.

“The first thing was the engineer told me was that Charles (Leclerc) was OK (after his crash) because he was pretty deep in the barrier. So I didn‘t want to complain too much.

“He said he was OK and then I started showing a bit of frustration but it’s racing man, these are the circumstances and I think we recovered well and this is how we move forward.

“I honestly did the best race I could and sixth is what it was.”

Ricciardo is 10th in the drivers’ standings while Renault is fifth in the constructors’ championship after eight races.

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