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It was the Australian’s eighth Grand Prix win, and his first since leaving Red Bull in 2018.

However, aside from his heroics in Italy, it was an underwhelming campaign for ‘The Honey Badger’, who finished eighth in the drivers’ standings with 115 points.

Indeed, he failed to notch a podium finish in any of the other 21 races, finishing fourth in Russian and Belgium – although the latter Grand Prix only saw half points awarded after just two safety-car led laps were possible.

Younger partner Norris meanwhile, outperformed Ricciardo over the season, ending up sixth after racking up four podium finishes and 160 points.

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“Lando is under a very long-term contract, so that seat is done. Daniel, we have another couple (of) years with him.”

McLaren are expected to mount a stronger challenge this time around, with both Norris and Ricciardo expected to benefit from the new technical regulations, designed to make racing more competitive.

And Ricciardo himself declared himself happy in his current set-up, and called for patience as the team bids to compete with Constructors’ champions Mercedes and Red Bull.

“Time isn’t really an issue, we have time. Not that we want it to take five years, but it’s there if we need it,” he said recently.

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