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Ricciardo revels in genius overtake

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Daniel Ricciardo has pulled off the "overtake of the season" according to Formula One commentator Martin Brundle to steal fifth place in the closing laps of the Italian Grand Prix.

The Australian -- who started sixth -- found himself locked in a scrap with the Williams of Valtteri Bottas for much of the race, but his stunning pass into the first corner has been hailed by many in the paddock. After watching the overtake post-race, Ricciardo said he knew he would be going for it as soon as he exited Parabolica.

"Out of the last corner I was like: 'it's on this lap', but I was a long way back. I had DRS open and my head tucked," Ricciardo told Sky Sports. "I could see that [Bottas] saw me in the mirrors and he is pretty clean -- he is not known to be a dirty racer -- so he knew I was there and he was not going to turn in on me.

"I was pretty jacked up after the move. I was a long way back."

Ricciardo's result ensured he maintained third place in the drivers' standings, but he admits the battle for second place in the constructors' race could be set to go down to the wire.

Despite Ferrari closing the gap to Red Bull by 11 points after finishing third and fourth at Monza, it is still unclear which team is likely to finish best-of-the-rest behind the dominant Mercedes.

"It well and truly could [be going down to the final race]. It will probably go back and forth for the rest of the season," Ricciardo said.

"This was very much a damage limitation race for us. In a perfect world we would have got fifth and sixth, we got fifth and seventh, so I think as a team we can walk away from here pretty happy.

"But I think we'll be able to hang on if we can maximize the high downforce circuits."