Daniel Ricciardo hopeful, Ferrari have new search for F1 Italian Grand Prix

Australian Daniel Ricciardo returns to the location of arguably his biggest triumph in Components 1 because the McLaren driver makes an attempt to finish his 12 months on a optimistic observe. 

Ricciardo enters this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix off form and with no staff subsequent season.

He and McLaren will finish their partnership on the finish of the season, as Ricciardo makes approach for fellow countryman Oscar Piastri.

It’s a full change of fortune to 12 months in the past when Ricciardo was the toast of F1, profitable the 2021 Italian Grand Prix forward of teammate Lando Norris.

It was the eighth victory of his F1 profession and the primary time McLaren had gained a race because the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix.

With simply seven races left with McLaren, Ricciardo mentioned he hoped for a spark like he had across the well-known circuit in Monza one 12 months in the past.

“Monza will at all times have a particular place in my coronary heart,” he mentioned.

“While one other 1-2 is not actually on the playing cards this time round, hopefully, we are able to nonetheless deliver you a bit of little bit of Italian magic.”

Race driver celebrates with his team after a victory.
Daniel Ricciardo delivered McLaren their first race victory in 9 years ultimately season’s Italian Grand Prix.(Pool through Reuters: Lars Baron)

Ricciardo has had a depressing season with solely 4 prime 10 finishes and 19 factors for the 12 months.

Languishing in thirteenth within the drivers’ standings, he’s 63 factors behind Norris, who has simply been the perfect midfield racer in 2022.

The Briton is the one driver who isn’t racing for Crimson Bull, Ferrari or Mercedes to complete on the rostrum to date this season.

“My final two journeys to Monza have been extremely optimistic, with final 12 months being one among my favorite F1 reminiscences,” he mentioned.

“It is more likely to be a a lot trickier weekend for us this 12 months however there’s nonetheless a possibility for factors.”

Ferrari provides a splash of yellow to mark 75 years

Ferrari F1 unveils special livery for the 2022 Italian Grand Prix in Monza, marking 75 years as a company.
Ferrari F1 unveils particular livery celebrating 75 years as an organization.(Ferrari)

The stands in Monza will likely be a common sea of crimson for the beloved dwelling staff, however Ferrari will likely be including yellow to their livery this weekend.

The particular livery for his or her dwelling race is celebrating 75 years of Ferrari as an organization.

After a promising begin to the season, Ferrari is nicely behind Crimson Bull within the constructor’s championship whereas Charles Leclerc’s hopes of changing into drivers’ champion are virtually over.

Ferrari is holding onto second within the constructors’ standings by 30 factors forward of Mercedes, whereas Leclerc trails world champion Max Verstappen by 109 factors.

A win in Monza for the prancing horse will go some method to appeasing Ferrari followers, who’re hoping Leclerc or Carlos Sainz can take their first win at Monza since 2019.

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