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Australian Formula 1 star Daniel Ricciardo does a SHOEY after storming to victory in an extraordinary Italian Grand Prix at Monza after Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen's horrific crash

Daily Mail
Daily Mail
 2021-09-12

Danniel Ricciardo celebrated his first Formula 1 victory since 2018 in typical style, doing a shoey on the podium in front of tens of thousands of racing fans.

The Australian took advantage of a spectacular crash between championship contenders Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen to win the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, his eighth career win.

Ricciardo, known for his exuberant celebrations, gestured to the crowd in the post-race presentation before pouring a beer into his boot and drinking from it.

McLaren boss and former professional racing driver Zak Brown also took the drink out of Ricciardo's shoe after he handed it to him.

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Danniel Ricciardo celebrated his first Formula 1 victory since 2018 in typical style, doing a shoey on the podium in front of tens of thousands of racing fans
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The Aussie, who is known for his exuberant celebrations, gestured to the crowd in the post-race presentation before pouring a beer into his boot and performing the shoey
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He also gave a shoey to McLaren CEO and former professional racing driver Zak Brown, who also took the drink out of Ricciardo's shoe
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Ricciardo''s McLaren team-mate Lando Norris (left) finished second with Mercedes' Valterri Bottas (right) in third

Ricciardo, who thundered home after starting on the front row, can thank the horror crash between Hamilton and Verstappen for his eighth career win.

The Australian driver led home a one-two finish for the McLaren team with Lando Norris taking a career-best second.

Despite McLaren's superb result, the afternoon at the Temple of Speed will be remembered for Hamilton's collision with Verstappen.

After Hamilton left the pit-lane on lap 26, Verstappen drew alongside his championship rival at the Variante del Rettifilo in Monza.

Hamilton moved to his left to defend his position at the right-hander, with the Mercedes driver narrowly ahead for the ensuing left-hander.

Verstappen ran out of room, and ran over the kerb which launched his Red Bull out of control and into Hamilton's Mercedes.

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Max Verstappen (R) collided with Lewis Hamilton (L) on lap 26 with both ending the race early
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Verstappen retains a five-point lead over Hamilton in the title race after today's crash
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Verstappen ran out of room, and ran over the kerb which launched his Red Bull out of control
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Hamilton climbs out of his car following the crash between him and Verstappen at Monza

The rear of the Dutchman's airborne machine ran over the top of Hamilton's helmet, with the protective halo device absorbing the impact.

The front of Verstappen's Red Bull was then beached in the gravel, and resting on Hamilton's car.

A furious Verstappen said: 'That is what happens when you don't leave any room.'

The Dutchman jumped out of the cockpit and stormed away, without checking on Hamilton's condition.

One lap later, Hamilton eventually emerged from his car, appearing to be unharmed.

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Ricciardo celebrates with his team following his victory, which was his first since 2010

The two men walked back to the paddock with the stewards now investigating the coming-together - their second in five races following the opening-lap crash at July's British Grand Prix.

Ricciardo started second, but took the lead after beating Verstappen in the 430-metre charge to the opening chicane.

Behind, Hamilton moved ahead of Norris and was within striking range of Verstappen as they approached the Variante Del Roggia.

Verstappen held the inside line and Hamilton diverted off track, running across the kerbs, and falling behind Norris.

'He pushed me wide,' the 36-year-old Englishman complained over the radio.

Ricciardo led from Verstappen, Norris and Hamilton, with the Australian the first to stop for fresh rubber on lap 22 of 53.

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Norris' excellent drive meant that McClaren completed their first 1-2 since Canada 2010

Verstappen stopped the next time around, but was stationary for 11 seconds following a problem putting on his right-front wheel.

Norris pulled in on lap 24, with Hamilton in on lap 25, but the Briton's stop was slow, and he emerged from the pits side by side with Verstappen.

The two then sensationally collided as they battled for a net-third.

The safety car was deployed for four laps with Ricciardo executing a perfect restart.

Norris had fallen behind Charles Leclerc, but delivered a gutsy move on the inside of the Curva Grande to move ahead of the Ferrari and secure a remarkable one-two finish for Britain's most successful Formula One team.

The victory comes eight years, nine months and 18 days after Jenson Button won in Interlagos - Hamilton's last race for McLaren before he moved to Mercedes.

Valtteri Bottas, who started from the back following an engine penalty, finished fourth but was promoted to third after Sergio Perez was hit with a five-second penalty for gaining an advantage in his tussle with Leclerc. Leclerc took fourth for Ferrari, with Perez fifth.

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Bottas produced an impressive performance as he started in 19th place and finished thir

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