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By Stewart Perrie
Daniel Ricciardo has won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in stunning fashion.
The Australian Formula 1 driver was close to tears as he stood atop the podium fully deserving of the win he's chased since winning in Monaco back in 2018.
It was also McLaren's first victory since the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix.
In keeping with an Australian tradition, Ricciardo pulled off his shoe, filled it with champagne and then drank it in front of the roaring crowd.
Despite starting second on the grid, the 32-year-old overtook Max Verstappen on the first lap and beautifully fought off challenges throughout the race.
Sky Sports commentator Martin Brundle described Ricciardo's racing as 'faultless' as he commanded the lead.
Ricciardo said after finishing the race: "Can I swear? About time.
"It was never a guarantee we would lead the whole race but I held firm in the first stint and to keep Max behind and then there was the safety car.
"To lead from start-to-finish, none of us expected that. There was something in me on Friday and I knew there was something good to come this weekend.
"To get a one-two for McLaren is insane. I am, for once, lost for words."
Ricciardo's teammate Lando Norris managed to pull into second place at the end, giving team McLaren the top two spots on the podium.
But the race wasn't without controversy as Verstappen had a violent crash with Lewis Hamilton during a daring overtake.
The crash took place after Hamilton moved to his left to defend his position at the right-hander, with the Mercedes driver narrowly ahead for the ensuing left-hander.
Verstappen ran out of room, and ran over the kerb which launched his Red Bull out of control and into Hamilton's Mercedes.
The rear of the Dutchman's airborne machine ran over the top of Hamilton's helmet, with the protective halo device absorbing the impactThe front of Verstappen's Red Bull was then beached in the gravel, and resting on Hamilton's car.
A furious Verstappen said: "That is what happens when you don't leave any room."
The Dutchman jumped out of the cockpit and stormed away, without checking on Hamilton's condition.
One lap later, Hamilton eventually emerged from his car, appearing to be unharmed.
Luckily for the 36-year-old seven-time world champion, the halo appeared to saved him from serious injury.
Verstappen has been handed a three-place grid penalty for the next race in Russia.
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