G’day Sheila’s and Bloke’s! Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo is a true blue Aussie, meaning totally Australian in down under lingo. Ricciardo’s season has been off to a tough start, he was disqualified from a stellar second-place finish at the season-opener in Australia, and this past weekend at Sepang after a series of events, he culminated in a 10-place grid penalty for the next F1 race in Bahrain.
All-in-all, Ricciardo is one of the world’s most well-known drivers who more times than not, always has a smile on and always has a positive outlook. Even after the Sepang outcome, he could have and should have been in a foul mood, but he wasn’t; he came out the way he wanted too. He’d tell himself “good on ya mate for having a go!”
Team: Red Bull Racing
Date of Birth: July 1, 1989
Birthplace: Perth, Western Australia
Height: 5 feet, 9 inches
From The Beginning
Ricciardo’s need for speed all started at age nine when he began karting and finding a hero in Ayrton Senna. At an early age Ricciardo had his taste of victory, winning numerous titles in state and national championships. In 2005, he entered the Australian Formula Ford series where he secured a scholarship for the following season’s Formula BMW Asia Championship.
He achieved two wins and 10 podiums out of 19 starts in his debut Formula BMW Campaign with Eurasia team, and he insistently turned heads and finished third in the championship. Ricciardo was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award by BMW Motorsport Chief, Dr. Mario Thiessen.
He switched categories to Formula Renault to compete in the Italian sector of the series. He only achieved one podium and ended up finishing the season sixth. However, he was selected for the Red Bull Junior Team where he learned from some of the best.
Ricciardo came extremely close to taking both championships, finishing the European series in second with six wins and five pole positions on his scorecard, while his biggest breakthrough moment came in the Western European Cup. Scoring nine pole positions and eight wins from 15 races, he claimed his first sporting title.
This was Daniel Ricciardo’s year! He was British Formula 3 Championship winner with Carlin Motorsport, conquering seven race wins, six poles, and twelve podiums.
According to Ricciardos personal website, he said, “Having followed in the footsteps of the likes of Ayrton Senna in winning the British F3 title, I was chosen by Red Bull Racing to participate in an end-of-season F1 test for rookies at Jerez in Spain, where I clocked the fastest time of the test. My performance earned me the role as test and reserve driver for Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2010.”
He remained a backup driver for Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso. Ricciardo got the World Series by Renault 3.5 Championship record of eight pole positions and four race wins –including the Monaco Grand Prix support race.
He began the season driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso, racing again in the World Series by Renault 3.5 Championship for the ISR Team, and winning the Monaco Grand Prix support race for the second consecutive time.
Half way through the season, Ricciardo was moved up to F1 race driver with the HRT team, where he drove for 11 Grand Prix’s. He gained a lot of experience, and he spent hours “driving” Red Bull Racing’s F1 simulator at the team’s headquarters in Milton Keynes, England.
December came around and Red Bull Racing named Ricciardo as a full-time driver for Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2012!
In 2012, he achieved six top 10 finishes, highest qualifying position -6th in Bahrain, and finished 18th in the Drivers’ Championship. In 2013, he was improving; his highest race finish was seventh in China and Italy. Later that season, Red Bull confirmed Ricciardo to drive for the world champion in 2014, alongside Sebastian Vettel.
The Aussie is racing in his first year with Infiniti Red Bull Racing, alongside four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel. The Formula 1 calendar just got underway, but Daniel Ricciardo is fighting for the top and he won’t stop until he gets there!
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Even though Ricciardo received a10-place grid penalty for the Bahrain Grand Prix as a punishment for an unsafe pit release in Malaysia, he will be the man to watch in the upcoming races because he wants his second-place standing back.
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