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Australian F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo robbed of result in Italian Grand Prix after McLaren error

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F1 fans ‘stripped’ when Aussie driver Daniel Ricciardo was robbed of a points result in the Italian Grand Prix over yet another McLaren thing-up

  • Ricciardo was dumped by the manufacturer for 2023 in favor of Lando Norris
  • The Australian champion has had a year to forget, with a series of engine failures
  • Ricciardo won the Italian GP in 2021 and looked good to get points
  • Then disaster struck and he suffered another engine failure to end his race

Dumped Aussie McLaren star Daniel Ricciardo’s F1 season has gone from one disaster to another after suffering another engine failure in Italy with a points result in sight.

The manufacturer has confirmed that Ricciardo will make way for compatriot Lando Norris in 2023, leaving the 33-year-old without a home next season.

Ricciardo famously stormed to victory at Monza in 2021 ahead of compatriot Lando and had high hopes for another strong weekend performance despite a season of engine failure.

With about half the field penalty points for engine modifications, including leader Max Verstappen, Ricciardo started from the second row.

He was within six laps of a morale-boosting points finish at Monza when his engine suffered an oil leak and he braked and lurched to the right side of the track.

As the nature of the engine failure meant his car was stuck in gear, his McLaren could not be moved easily, forcing the remainder of the race to be completed behind the safety car.

Ricciardo continues to wonder what could have happened after the fired McLaren driver suffered another engine failure at the Italian Grand Prix, costing him a points result.

Ricciardo tried to stay positive after yet another McLaren disaster.

“It was a busy race, I tried to hold on, do what I could and then yes, it felt like we were getting a bit of a rhythm on the hard tires (tyres) with 10-15 laps to go, but then it hit just turn the engine off after turn six,” he said.

“I had to stop immediately because he was stuck in gear and couldn’t roll to a safe place. It would have been nice to get some points, but that was not the intention today.’

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl said it was a disappointing end to a strong weekend.

“Daniel said on the radio that he had lost the engine and it looks like we had an oil leak, but what exactly is the cause of the oil leak we need to analyze once the car is back,” he said.

“Obviously it’s a real shame for Daniel, for us, that after a strong weekend on his side of the garage, today’s strong race, we were not able to score the points he deserves this weekend.”

Verstappen celebrates with fans after winning the Italian Grand Prix at Monza under controversial circumstances after the last six laps were driven behind the safety car

Verstappen celebrates with fans after winning the Italian Grand Prix at Monza under controversial circumstances after the last six laps were driven behind the safety car

Despite being pushed back to seventh on the grid, Verstappen stormed home to victory – to a chorus of booing due to the race’s anti-climatic finish.

“It was a shame, everyone wants to finish under a green flag, but unfortunately we came up short,” Verstappen told reporters after the race.

“But I had new softs, so I wasn’t too worried.”

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc continued: “The end was frustrating, I wish I could have raced a bit at the end, unfortunately we came second because of what happened before.

“It was a bit of a shame because in the middle of the pit lane we have the virtual safety car that ends, so we didn’t have the advantage to stop at that moment and from then on we were on the back foot.”

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