Daniel Ricciardo  Australia

  • Full name Daniel Ricciardo
  • Birth date July 1, 1989
  • Birthplace Perth, Australia
  • Current age 25 years 325 days
  • Current team Red Bull
  • Previous teams HRT, Toro Rosso
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2015 World Championship
# Grand Prix Circuit Date Car Pos Pts Qual FL
1 Australia Albert Park March 15 Red Bull (RB11) 6 8 7
2 Malaysia Sepang March 29 Red Bull (RB11) 10 1 4
3 China Shanghai April 12 Red Bull (RB11) 9 2 7
4 Bahrain BIC April 19 Red Bull (RB11) 6 8 6
5 Spain Catalunya May 10 Red Bull (RB11) 7 6 10
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
2011 Toro Rosso, HRT 11 11 0 0 8 18 0 0 20 0 0 0 -
2012 Toro Rosso 20 20 0 0 19 9 0 0 6 0 0 10 18
2013 Toro Rosso 19 19 0 0 15 7 0 0 5 0 0 20 14
2014 Red Bull 19 19 3 8 16 1 0 2 2 1 0 238 3
2015 Red Bull 5 5 0 0 5 6 0 0 4 0 0 25 7*
Total 74 74 3 8 63 1 0 2 2 1 0 293
Race Circuit Date
First race British Grand Prix Silverstone July 10, 2011 Race results
Last race Spanish Grand Prix Catalunya May 10, 2015 Race results
Profile
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A product of Helmut Marko's Red Bull young driver scheme, he had been destined to drive for Toro Rosso for some time and in 2012 got his chance alongside Jean-Eric Vergne.

Ricciardo's career started in karts at the age of nine, driving in championships across his native Australia before making the step up to Formula Ford aged 15. He was cash-strapped during his early years and had to make do with a decade-and-a-half old Van Diemen in his debut season, which he drove to eighth overall.

In 2006 he graduated to Formula BMW where, with the help of a scholarship, he was given a gleaming new car and finished third in the Asian championship. He quickly progressed to Formula Renault 2.0 the following year and caught the eye of Red Bull, going on to win the Western European Cup in 2008.

He rewarded Red Bull's faith with title successes in the competitive British Formula 3 championship in 2008, taking six wins and six pole positions from 20 races. By that time he had been earmarked for the top and became a regular face at the Red Bull headquarters in Milton Keynes as well as topping the 2009 young drivers' test at Jerez in RB5.

Continuing to scale the rungs on the motorsport ladder, he looked set for success in Formula Renault 3.5 in 2010 but converted just half of his eight pole positions into wins. As a result he missed out on the title by just two points to Mikhail Aleshin after going into the final round all square. He recovered his pride at the 2010 young drivers' test in Abu Dhabi where he set an all-new lap record at the wheel of Sebastian Vettel's championship-winning RB6, eclipsing the pole time set the previous weekend.

He was due to have another shot at the Formula Renault 3.5 title in 2011, but Red Bull wanted him to gain Formula One experience. With both Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi performing well at Toro Rosso, Red Bull secured Ricciardo a race seat with HRT mid-way through the season and he made his debut at the British Grand Prix. His progress was tough to measure in an uncompetitive car, but he impressed enough to gain a race seat at Toro Rosso when the team decided to change both drivers at the end of 2011.

His first full season was strong if not spectacular and he showed impressive pace in qualifying compared to team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne. His low points tally was perhaps a reflection of the car rather than his talent, and he continued to do a good job in his second season which eventually led to him being announced as Mark Webber's replacement at Red Bull in 2014.

Ricciardo hit the ground running at Red Bull, taking a fairytale podium on his debut in Australia - only to see it later stripped due to a fuel-flow irregularity. His form was a sign of things to come, however, as Ricciardo stunned observers in the first half of 2014 by not only consistently outqualifying and outperforming four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, but also by claiming his maiden victory in a thrilling Canadian Grand Prix after just seven races at his new team. Wins followed in Hungary and Belgium as Ricciardo finished best-of-the-rest behind the Mercedes drivers.

Following Vettel's departure to Ferrari, Ricciardo will be the more experienced driver at Red Bull in 2015 alongside Russian prodigy Daniil Kvyat.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Daniel Ricciardo was able to turn his impressive raw pace into victories in 2014 but also showed his wonderful overtaking ability behind the wheel of a competitive car. Good tyre management also played a part in some of his best results from his first season at Red Bull.

Career High
His first victory in Canada was a memorable moment but his thrilling drive in Hungary, where he dispatched both Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso in the closing laps, capped his remarkable breakthrough 2014 season.

Career Low
Losing out to Mikhail Aleshin in the final round of the Formula Renault 3.5 series in 2010, being passed by the Russian on track in the final race to miss out on the title by two points.

Quotes
"It's a dream come true for me - for the first time on an F1 starting grid! I had to pinch myself a couple of times to be sure that it's real."

"My competitiveness is going to keep growing and I guess we'll see more of it this year. But I'll try to contain it so I don't come across like a dickhead or something."

Trivia
Ricciardo starred in a Red Bull television series called 'Destination One', which followed his career path in to Formula One.

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