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Ricciardo revels a sensational overtake in Italian GP

Ricciardo revels a sensational overtake in Italian GP

Ricciardo revels a sensational overtake in Italian GP

Italian Grand Prix was not witness a dramatic or exciting race, but Daniel Ricciardo made a move on Valtteri Bottas for fifth late on in the race “that was absolutely fantastic”.

The Australia came from a long way behind the Finn to dive down on the inside of Rettifilo, before maintaining his advantage over the Williams driver on the exit of the first chicane.

It was one of the best overtaking of the season so far, and the charismatic Australian reacted in the car with a hand gesture, a nod of the head and, according to the 27-year-old, a giggle from inside the cockpit.

“Yeah absolutely, realistically yes,” Ricciardo said when asked by NBCSN if P5 was the most he could have hoped for.

“We could have hoped for some incidents. But Mercedes was on another level and Ferrari had more all weekend.

“We didn’t get our hopes up. Fifth was good. We put a nice move on Valtteri. I told you before the wasp ambushed me that I’d get Valtteri and I did.”

“He (Bottas) was quick on same tire, I think they had more than us on raw pace. But our tire deg was a bit better,” Ricciardo said.

“We held on a few more laps. We stayed out longer every stint so we could put on the super-soft at the end. In the end that’s what we did. Thanks to the team for that strategy and pull off that move.”

Ricciardo has high hopes for the Singapore Grand Prix in two weeks’ time, with the tight and twisty nature of the track better suiting the Red Bull car.

“I don’t want to go in there saying I’m gonna win, but we have to aim for a podium,” Ricciardo said.

“It was a dud for Merc last year. Unfortunately I’m sure they’ll be back on form. But I like the track, I like the challenge. It’s hot, humid, physical and I look forward to going there and having some fun.”


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5 Comments
  • Leonardo Pisano Bigollo

    I was being sarcastic. It was a funny way of saying that you don’t know what you are talking about.

  • Dave Domenicano

    Alonso used to be insulted? What are you talking about?

  • Leonardo Pisano Bigollo

    Yes because overtaking at the start of a race is a bad thing. In fact Alonso used to be insulted for his ability to go from P8 to P3 on the opening lap of a race many times, while at Ferrari. Oh wait, that is right, he was considered a genius for doing this.

    Actually I recall now that the rules of overtaking clearly state that they do not apply on the opening lap of a race, and can be ignored. They say that if the driver on the inside has his front wing past the rear tires of the other driver, the other driver is allowed to still cut them off at the corner, and does not have to leave a car’s width, as they would normally have to do. They also state that if the driver going down the inside is about half the age of the other driver, then it doesn’t matter if they were beside that driver 30 meters before the corner, they are still in the wrong. Oh wait, they don’t say that at all. They say the opposite.

    So what does the part of the race where the move happens matter?

  • Dave Domenicano

    You’re comparing a race-start to a 30th lap move? Not the same at all dude, get your facts straight.

  • Leonardo Pisano Bigollo

    OMG what a genius well timed in control dive down the inside by a Red Bull F1 driver Dan on a Finish F1 driver Bottas. Or as Martin Brundel said, overtake of the season. And when another Red Bull driver called Max dived down the inside of a Finish driver called Kimi into a corner, it was called a crazy last minute desperate out of control dive down the inside. Same move, different drivers, different viewpoint.

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