Formula 1: Daniel Ricciardo on his lack of sleep since Italian Grand Prix win

Daniel Ricciardo has not had a lot of sleep since he won the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday – but not because the McLaren driver has, as you might expect, been out on the town celebrating his first Formula 1 victory for more than three years.

“It’s not from partying,” the Australian says. “It’s just kind of the excitement. It’s still running through my mind. And I’ve had an overwhelming amount of love and messages and (contact from) friends back home. It’s been quite cool. So it’s been hard to switch off.”

Now he’s finally ended a drought that dates back to his last win at Monaco in 2018, the problem, Ricciardo says, is “you want to hold on to it as long as you can”.

I will just replay moments of the race in my head. There are very vivid moments and memories of the race.

“Like, with 10 laps to go and what I was telling myself, what my mindset was, to stay cool. And then the last lap, going for the fastest lap. I didn’t even know what the fastest lap was but I knew there was some grip left, so I was like ‘Let’s just go’.

I wanted to make a statement. All these things keep me up. There are so many things that happened over the weekend that keep me up.”

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