The Australian scored McLaren’s first triumph since 2012 with a surprise win at Monza, as he led house team-mate Lando Norris.
Key to his success was getting previous pole place man Max Verstappen on the run right down to the primary chicane on the opening lap, after which holding his benefit within the early phases.
And whereas he was involved about dropping his lead throughout the vital pitstop part, particularly as he was in danger from an undercut, Ricciardo mentioned the moments after his tyre modifications have been when he knew the win was his.
Reflecting on managing the hole to Verstappen up till the pitstops, Ricciardo mentioned solely a late dive from his Pink Bull rival was going to trigger him any hassle.
“There have been some laps the place he pushed up nearer, however I by no means actually needed to correctly defend,” defined Ricciardo.
“He was there however I knew if I did not make a mistake it was going to be exhausting for him to [pass], until he sort of despatched a bit of little bit of a Hail Mary.
“I feel the place I felt I used to be a bit of weak was on the finish of that stint, the place the tyres have been going off. However I imagine the others have been struggling as properly. So in my head I used to be considering we have been going to be weak in that second.
“I pitted, and I feel everybody else pitted as properly, so I feel we have been all struggling on the identical second. And it was then, once we got here again out within the lead, then I used to be like ‘alright, we have this at the moment’, like until one thing unlucky occurs we will actually win this race.
“I feel that is when any final little bit of perception it is advisable to prime it up got here, and you are like ‘alright, somebody goes to need to take it from me at the moment, as a result of in any other case we’re successful this factor’.”
Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren, 1st place, is sprayed with Champagne by Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, third place, on the rostrum
Picture by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images
Ricciardo says there isn’t any doubt that McLaren’s power at excessive speeds performed a component in its tremendous robust weekend, however he reckons a level of “rage” he carried after qualifying additionally helped him on a private degree.
“I feel this circuit appears to swimsuit the McLaren properly,” he mentioned. “It did final 12 months. I wasn’t driving it final 12 months however I clearly witnessed the end result the group had.
“So I knew that we may come into the weekend with some confidence with that alone. Then in all probability there have been two issues with me, like simply loving the circuit.
“I’ve at all times cherished this monitor, it is at all times been a enjoyable one, it is one which I usually gelled properly with, after which that mixed with feeling higher, you recognize, with the automotive, extra just lately and feeling a bit extra comfy and assured with it.
“Plus, I feel with Friday being so shut, I do not know, generally I simply get indignant, like the highest three was so shut and I feel my lap was okay. However there’s at all times components the place you are like: ‘I may have performed higher’.
“Typically I simply flip. I definitely have a little bit of rage and, as I mentioned on the time, I feel it is going to be a blessing in disguise. I feel I used it to my benefit for the remainder of the weekend.”