'Holy hell': F1 world erupts over 'insane' Daniel Ricciardo triumph

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Daniel Ricciardo, pictured here after winning the Italian Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo won the Italian Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen crashed out. Image: Getty

Daniel Ricciardo has won the Italian Grand Prix in dramatic scenes after Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen crashed out.

The Australian driver won Sunday's race in a stunning and dramatic McLaren one-two at Monza, marking the team's first victory since 2012.

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Ricciardo's win came after title rivals Verstappen and Hamilton took each other out of the race in a collision, which stewards ruled was largely caused by Verstappen, who has been handed a grid penalty for the next Grand Prix.

Sunday's victory was Ricciardo's first since he was at Red Bull in 2018, and McLaren's first since Jenson Button's victory in Brazil in November of 2012.

"About time," smiled Ricciardo before performing his trademark 'Shoey' — glugging the podium champagne from his sweaty boot and sharing it with second-placed teammate Lando Norris and McLaren boss Zak Brown.

"To lead literally from start to finish, I don't think any of us expected that,.

"To not only win but to get a one-two, it's insane. For McLaren to be on the podium is huge."

Ricciardo, whose other seven wins were all with Red Bull, had started on the front row and seized the lead from Verstappen at the start - and he completed his day with a bonus point for fastest lap and the award of 'Driver of the Day' by fans.

The result, on pace and merit, was a perfect reply from the Australian to his critics after he'd been struggling to get to grips with the McLaren and had been overshadowed by Norris since joining from Renault at the end of last year.

"For anyone who thought I'd left, I never left," he said over the radio after taking the chequered flag. 

"I just moved aside for a while."

The Formula One world was in complete disbelief after Ricciardo's drought-breaking triumph.

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Hamilton and Verstappen in frightening crash

Valtteri Bottas took third for Mercedes after winning the Saturday sprint race and then starting at the back of the grid due to engine penalties.

The Finn finished fourth on track but Red Bull's Sergio Perez ahead of him had a five second penalty that dropped the Mexican down to fifth with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc to fourth.

Verstappen and Hamilton had earlier collided and crashed out after their pitstops, with Verstappen's Red Bull lifting off the kerb and ending up on top of Hamilton's Mercedes in the gravel, with the halo head protection device keeping the champion out of harm's way.

Both climbed out after the accident at the first chicane, with Verstappen's five-point lead in the championship unchanged.

But Verstappen will have a three-place grid drop at the Russian Grand Prix after stewards ruled he was mainly to blame.

Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris, pictured here celebrating a McLaren 1-2 at the Italian Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris celebrate a McLaren 1-2 at the Italian Grand Prix. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

The stewards also gave Verstappen two penalty points, his first in the current 12-month period.

Sunday's incident was the second big collision between the two this season, with Verstappen crashing out after contact at the British Grand Prix in July, a race Hamilton went on to win

"That's what happens when you don't give space," said Verstappen on the team radio of what could be a defining image of the season and evoked memories of the famous late 1980s clashes between the late Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.

"It (the car) landed on my head, but I'll be OK," said a sore Hamilton.

"I made sure I left a car's width on the outside for him, I went into turn one and I was ahead and going into turn two and then all of a sudden he was on top of me.

"He just didn't want to give way today and he knew when he was going into two what was going to happen...but he still did it," the Briton told Sky Sports.

The pair have collided before this season, notably at Hamilton's own British Grand Prix, and Sunday's latest clash will keep fans talking for some time.

with AAP

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