The Australian ended a victory drought for McLaren that stretched again to 2012 as he led team-mate Lando Norris to seize a 1-2 end at Monza final weekend.
Talking amid celebrations on his return to McLaren’s Woking manufacturing facility, Ricciardo has defined how the fad he felt after lacking out on a prime three slot in qualifying on Friday was one thing a lot larger that he wanted to channel.
“I used to be fairly darkish after the qualifying,” he defined. “One thing in me, I used to be like: I simply do not wish to be right here anymore by way of like…I wish to win, I wish to be the man. Being like shut, it simply fuelled me greater than something.
“Clearly it [qualifying] was good and the workforce had been: ‘it is a good session, you ought to be pleased’. And I recognize that it was, relative to this 12 months it was a superb session, however that is when the competitor in me simply actually got here out.
“I can not even clarify it. It was identical to one thing, like a burning feeling inside me, and I used to be identical to: ‘no, it is not adequate.’
“I used to be like blinkers on for the remainder of the weekend. It is simple to say now as a result of I gained. However like, actually, there was one thing that came to visit me, significantly after Friday night, and I used to be I suppose a person on a mission.”
Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris have a good time their Monza 1-2 at Woking with McLaren workforce members
Photograph by: McLaren
Ricciardo mentioned the sensation that consumed him was much like what he skilled throughout a breakthrough 12 months with Crimson Bull in 2014 when he overshadowed then team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
“I’ve undoubtedly carried confidence by means of race weekends, and it has been there at moments for positive, however to not that stage,” he mentioned. “That was one thing that hopefully not many can relate to, as a result of it feels sort of primal. However it’s why I do it as nicely.
“I do not simply say that to sound cool in entrance of the digital camera. It really is simply the opposite aspect to me, which, when it does come out, I do know that it is so highly effective.
“It was like 2014, once I had what you possibly can name the breakthrough 12 months. That is once I received to let these feelings present on observe. And that is why it turned so highly effective for me.”
Whereas this sense helped Ricciardo focus to ship the victory in Italy, he reckons he’s now able to have the ability to produce extra success without having to faucet into it once more.
“I imagine so. I wish to be there, as a result of simply the competitor in me, I like that. I like that sort of fireplace in me. It is sort of just like the chip on the shoulder: I like that feeling. It sort of makes you are feeling alive. And it is a good indignant.
“You are taking quite a lot of vitality from that anger. However after the weekend, I do not assume it is like I must faucet into that place on a regular basis to get it out of myself.
“I believe I drew quite a lot of confidence from that weekend, and in addition the workforce, I believe quite a lot of them have supported me and believed in me from the beginning.
“The weekend sort of simply reassured everybody, so I believe as a workforce shifting ahead, we might be quietly assured.”