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Daniel Ricciardo
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Ricciardo in 2017
Born Daniel Joseph Ricciardo
(1989-07-01) 1 July 1989 (age 34)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Australia Australian
Car number 3
Entries 159 (159 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 7
Podiums 29
Career points 1002
Pole positions 3
Fastest laps 13
First entry 2011 British Grand Prix
First win 2014 Canadian Grand Prix
Last win 2021 Italian Grand Prix
Last entry 2019 Monaco Grand Prix
2023 position 17th (6 pts)
Previous series
Western Australian FFord
Formula BMW UK
Formula BMW Asia
FRenault Italy
FRenault Eurocup
FRenault WEC
Formula 3 Euro Series
British Formula 3
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Championship titles
Formula Renault 2.0 WEC
British Formula 3
Lorenzo Bandini Trophy
Laureus Breakthrough of the Year

Daniel Joseph Ricciardo AM (Listeni/rɪˈkɑːrd/ "Ricardo", Italian: [ritˈtʃardo]; born 1 July 1989) is an Australian and Italian racing driver currently competing in Formula One for Scuderia AlphaTauri under the Australian flag. He has achieved 8 Grand Prix victories and 32 podiums in Formula One.

Ricciardo made his debut at the 2011 British Grand Prix with the HRT team as part of a deal with Red Bull Racing, for whom he was test driving under its sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso. He joined Toro Rosso in 2012 full-time after the team changed its driver lineup and drove a Ferrari-powered car for them in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, Ricciardo was promoted to Red Bull as a replacement for the retiring Mark Webber alongside Sebastian Vettel. In his first season with Red Bull under Renault power, Ricciardo finished third in the championship with his first three Formula One wins, in Canada, Hungary, and Belgium.

After two years without a victory, Ricciardo returned to the top of the podium at the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix, eventually sealing third in the championship for the second time in three years at the 2016 Mexican Grand Prix. He won again for Red Bull at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in 2017 and the Chinese and Monaco Grands Prix in 2018. After 2018, Ricciardo signed with Renault and raced for them in the 2019 and 2020 seasons. He joined McLaren for the 2021 and 2022 Formula One seasons. He obtained his only race win and podium with McLaren at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix. After the 2021 season, Ricciardo was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2022 Australia Day Honours. He left McLaren at the end of 2022 and became the third driver for Red Bull for the 2023 Formula One World Championship. He replaced the outgoing Nyck de Vries at AlphaTauri after the tenth round of the season, on loan from Red Bull Racing and will continue to race for the team in the 2024 season.

Early life

Daniel Joseph Ricciardo was born on 1 July 1989 in Perth, Western Australia, to Italian-Australian parents. His father, Giuseppe "Joe" Ricciardo, was born in Ficarra (Messina), but relocated to Australia with his family aged just seven. Ricciardo's mother, Grace was born in Australia, but had parents originally from Casignana (Calabria). Ricciardo also has a sister; Michelle. Growing up in Duncraig, one of Perth's northern suburbs, Ricciardo's earliest memories of motorsports were of his father racing at the nearby Barbagallo Raceway in Wanneroo. Raised Catholic, he attended high school at Newman College. He started karting at the age of 9.

Early career

Karting, Formula Ford and Formula BMW

Ricciardo started karting at the age of nine as a member of the Tiger Kart Club (TKC) and entered numerous karting events. In 2005, he entered the Western Australian Formula Ford championship driving a 15-year-old Van Diemen, finishing eighth by season's end. Towards the end of the season, Ricciardo took a leased 13-year-old Van Diemen across to Sandown Raceway in Melbourne to compete at the national Formula Ford series, but his aging car was uncompetitive, and he finished 16th, 17th and retired during the weekend's three races. After finishing sixth in 2007 Formula Renault 2.0 Italia, Ricciardo was selected by Red Bull Junior Team.

Formula Three

During the mid-part of the 2008 season, Ricciardo made his Formula Three debut at the Nürburgring, joining SG Formula's Formula 3 Euro Series team. Despite only a short amount of experience in the car, Ricciardo qualified in eighth for the first race, which later converted into sixth in the race after James Jakes and Christian Vietoris stalled on the grid. But he struggled in the reverse-grid race, finishing just fifteenth.

Ricciardo moved to the British Formula 3 Championship for the 2009 season driving for Carlin Motorsport. Ricciardo continued his partnership with Carlin by heading to the Macau Grand Prix with the team.

Formula Renault 3.5 Series

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Ricciardo in October 2009

On 30 October 2009, Ricciardo was signed by Tech 1 to compete in the 2010 season. He had competed with the team at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal in 2009 and was the teammate to Brendon Hartley, another driver who drove for Tech 1 over the season.

Following a minor incident during a mountain bike exercise, Ricciardo was forced to miss the second test of the 2010 season but went on to take pole position for both races at the season-opening round of the 2010 season in Alcañiz, Spain. He finished third and second in the races respectively, to leave himself at the head of the championship standings. Two weeks later, at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Ricciardo was relegated to last on the grid after being deemed to have hindered the laps of other drivers. In the next two races, he finished 13th and fifth respectively – coming 2nd in the latter, until many of the front-runners were given penalties for infringing the parc ferme rules before the race. One week later, in Monte Carlo, Ricciardo secured his third pole position of the season, finishing three-tenths of a second ahead of championship rival Stefano Coletti. He secured his first win at the following race, one place ahead of Coletti. Ricciardo went on to secure two more wins at the Hungaroring and at the Hockenheimring in commanding fashion. Following Ricciardo's sixth pole from 12 races, Tech 1 team boss, Simon Abadie, praised his driver's efforts greatly, saying, "I am happy, and happy for Daniel because six poles in 12 races is good going," and later stated his team's ambitions for success, by telling Autosport correspondent Peter Mills, "I really hopes Daniel wins the championship."

At the first race at the Silverstone circuit, Ricciardo was involved in a spectacular incident with pole-sitter Jon Lancaster, in which Ricciardo was sent into a barrel roll, eventually landing on his wheels. The crash saw the end of his race, with teammate Jean-Éric Vergne becoming the eventual winner, following disqualifications. Securing pole for the second race of the weekend, Ricciardo spent much of the race leading the pack by upwards of three seconds. However, braking issues in the second half of the event meant that, on the final lap, championship-rival Esteban Guerrieri was able to pass the Tech 1 racer.

Going into the final round of the season, Ricciardo sat just three points behind championship leader Mikhail Aleshin and 13 ahead of third-place man Esteban Guerrieri. Managing his 8th pole of the season, Ricciardo managed a lights-to-flag victory, setting the fastest lap and placing himself equal first with one race remaining. After securing second place on the grid for the second race of the weekend, Ricciardo managed to hold position until the pit stops, where he was successfully 'jumped' by two of his rivals, including teammate Vergne. With only two laps left in the race and struggling for pace, Ricciardo was overtaken by championship rival Aleshin. Finishing in that order, Ricciardo failed to secure the title in his debut year, losing out to Mikhail Aleshin by only two points.

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Ricciardo in the 2011 Formula Renault 3.5 Series at the Circuit Paul Ricard

In 2011 Ricciardo raced for ISR Racing prior to his HRT call-up.

Formula One career

Debut as Red Bull test driver (2009–2011)

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Ricciardo as Scuderia Toro Rosso's third driver at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix

Ricciardo made his track debut at the wheel of a Formula One car when he tested for Red Bull Racing at the young drivers test at Circuito de Jerez over three days, starting on 1 December 2009. On the final day of testing, he clocked the fastest time of the test by over a second. This placed him as the only driver to go into the 1:17 bracket. Red Bull Racing's team manager Christian Horner suggested that Ricciardo may replace his 2010 World Series teammate Hartley as the team's test and reserve driver. Ricciardo and Hartley went on to share test and reserve duties for both Red Bull and sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso until the latter was removed from the Red Bull Junior team.

On 11 November 2010, Ricciardo was confirmed as the single driver to represent Red Bull Racing at the end-of-season young driver's test at the Yas Marina Circuit, on 16–17 November. Ricciardo continued to show his one-lap prowess and dominated the event, with his fastest lap being 1.3 seconds faster than 2010 World Champion Sebastian Vettel's qualifying lap the Saturday before.

Days later, Ricciardo was confirmed as Toro Rosso's test and reserve driver for the 2011 season and would take part in the first free practice session of each race weekend. Franz Tost, Toro Rosso team principal stated that "having a hungry youngster on the books will keep our current driver pairing nice and sharp", referring to then Toro Rosso drivers Jaime Alguersuari and Sébastien Buemi.

HRT (2011)

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Ricciardo racing for HRT at the 2011 Italian Grand Prix

On 30 June 2011, Ricciardo was contracted to Hispania Racing by Red Bull Racing, replacing Narain Karthikeyan for the remaining races of the 2011 season beside the Indian Grand Prix, to allow Karthikeyan to race at his home Grand Prix. Ricciardo made his Grand Prix debut at the 2011 British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit.

However, on 22 October 2011, a few days before the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, the race where Karthikeyan was due to gain back his seat for his home race, HRT F1 announced that Vitantonio Liuzzi made way for Karthikeyan, allowing Ricciardo to race in India and extend his learning curve that Red Bull Racing paid the struggling Spanish team to do, as well as allowing Karthikeyan to race in front of his home fans. In Abu Dhabi, Ricciardo retired with mechanical problems after starting 20th on the grid, and in the final race at the Brazilian Grand Prix, Ricciardo finished 20th after starting 22nd on the grid.

Toro Rosso (2012–2013)


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Ricciardo driving for Toro Rosso at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix

On 14 December 2011, it was confirmed that Ricciardo would drive for Scuderia Toro Rosso for the 2012 season, alongside Frenchman Jean-Éric Vergne.

At the Australian Grand Prix on 18 March, Ricciardo managed to overtake his teammate Vergne late on the last lap to come home in ninth place, securing his first two World Championship points.

In wet conditions in Malaysia, he finished 12th, after having been first to switch to slick tyres. In Bahrain, he qualified sixth, but dropped back during the race and finished 15th. In Monaco, he suffered his only retirement of the season, after having started from 15th position. Ricciardo would score points again only after the summer break, at the Belgian Grand Prix, where he started from 16th and finished ninth. He also had a run of three consecutive points scores from the Singapore to the Korean Grand Prix. He scored one more points finish in Abu Dhabi for the year, ending tenth. Ricciardo finished 18th in the championship, with 10 points.


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Ricciardo at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix

Toro Rosso re-signed Ricciardo and Jean-Éric Vergne for the 2013 season.

He began the year by not finishing the opening two rounds, both due to exhaust issues. In China, Ricciardo scored his first points of the year after finishing seventh, claiming his best finish in F1 by far. He finished tenth at the Spanish Grand Prix, despite a slow start from 11th on the grid. Ricciardo again was unable to finish the Monaco Grand Prix after Romain Grosjean crashed into the back of him, damaging his rear wing. At the British Grand Prix, Ricciardo had his best qualifying yet in fifth. Despite being overtaken by faster cars behind, he still snatched points with eighth place.

Ricciardo once again finished seventh at the Italian Grand Prix, having held off Grosjean in the dying laps. More tenth places followed at India and the Brazilian Grand Prix. Ricciardo out-scored his teammate by seven points and out-qualified him for over three-quarters of the season. His impressive qualifying efforts of 30–7 against Vergne over their two years together helped promote him to Toro Rosso senior team, Red Bull, replacing fellow countryman Mark Webber. Ricciardo finished 13th in the championship with 20 points.

Red Bull (2014–2018)

Ricciardo replaced Mark Webber at Infiniti Red Bull Racing at the start of the 2014 Formula One season, partnering Sebastian Vettel, a four-time world champion.


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Ricciardo at the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix

In the first race of the season, the Australian Grand Prix, Ricciardo qualified in second place behind Lewis Hamilton and completed the race in second place, despite pressure from rookie Kevin Magnussen in the final laps. Ricciardo was later disqualified, as his car was ruled to have exceeded the mandated hourly fuel flow rate limit. Had he not been disqualified, it would have marked the first time an Australian had made the podium at the Australian Grand Prix since the race became part of the World Championship. Infiniti Red Bull Racing filed an appeal against the disqualification, which was rejected by the International Court of Appeal, the FIA decision being upheld.

Ricciardo failed to finish in the Malaysian Grand Prix, but managed to record his first points of the 2014 season at the Bahrain Grand Prix, where he finished fourth, after starting in 13th position. He finished fourth again at the Chinese Grand Prix. Ricciardo would not wait long for his first podium, securing third place at the Spanish Grand Prix. Monaco saw Ricciardo qualify in third, behind both Mercedes cars. Despite dropping to fifth early on, he regained third after problems for teammate Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen. He narrowly lost to Lewis Hamilton to second place by 0.4 seconds.

At the Canadian Grand Prix, Ricciardo leaped from sixth on the grid to third during the pit stops, and in the last four laps, he overcame Sergio Pérez and Nico Rosberg to take his first win of his career. By winning, Ricciardo became the fourth Australian to win a Grand Prix in Formula One, joining Jack Brabham, Alan Jones and Mark Webber. His victory in Canada broke the chain of six Mercedes victories that marked the beginning of the 2014 season. Ricciardo impressed many by beating Vettel throughout the first half of the 2014 season, and after a clean and tight battle between Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso at the German Grand Prix, Alonso described Ricciardo as "unbelievable" and "very, very smart, very respectful".

Ricciardo won the Hungarian Grand Prix on 27 July, ahead of Alonso and Lewis Hamilton. He was in third place behind Alonso and Hamilton with less than four laps remaining and overtook Hamilton's Mercedes with a pass on the outside of the Hungaroring's turn two. He then easily caught and passed Alonso's Ferrari, as Alonso had very little grip left on his tyres – television footage of his left front tyre after the race showed it to be badly blistered. In the final two laps, Ricciardo pulled away to win the race by 5.225 seconds. His teammate Vettel survived a spin coming onto the main straight late in the race to finish seventh. Ricciardo became the second Australian to win the Hungarian Grand Prix, after Mark Webber's victory – also for Red Bull – in 2010. Ricciardo then went on to score his third victory of his career to go back to back in Belgium, becoming the first Australian to win there since Jack Brabham in 1960, also making him the only non-Mercedes driver to have won a Grand Prix in 2014.

On 4 October 2014, it was announced that Ricciardo would partner Daniil Kvyat for the 2015 season, following the announcement of Vettel's departure from the team. In his first season for Red Bull Racing, Ricciardo confirmed third place in the drivers' championship at the Brazilian Grand Prix, despite it being his first retirement since the Malaysian Grand Prix. In the final race of the season, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, despite starting from the pit lane due to a front wing infringement, Ricciardo finished in fourth place and secured the first fastest lap of his Formula One career. For his 2014 performances, Ricciardo won the Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year in April 2015.


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Ricciardo at the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix

On 8 February 2015, during the third episode of series 22 of the popular British motoring television programme Top Gear, Ricciardo became the fastest Formula One driver to perform a lap of the Top Gear test track during the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car feature, beating the previous record-holder Lewis Hamilton with a time of 1:42.2.

In 2015, Red Bull slipped behind Ferrari and Williams in their efforts to take the title fight to Mercedes. The Red Bull cars were held back by the Renault power unit having been out-developed by Mercedes and Ferrari. The RB11 only showed pace in slow and twisty high downforce tracks or rain, highlighting the car's strong chassis.

Ricciardo achieved his first top-five finish in Monaco with fifth and the fastest lap of the race. While tussling for second in Hungary with Nico Rosberg, his race-winning charge ground to a halt when the two clashed while hunting down Sebastian Vettel. Ricciardo managed to finish third behind his teammate. It was his first podium since the 2014 United States Grand Prix. He recorded his second podium of the season in Singapore, where he finished second and recorded his third fastest lap of the season.

Ricciardo finished the season with 92 points in eighth place in the championship, three points behind teammate Daniil Kvyat. He out-qualified Kvyat 14–5.


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Ricciardo after winning the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix

In a much more competitive Red Bull, Ricciardo began the season well, finishing 4th in both Australia and Bahrain and qualifying 2nd and then leading early on in the Chinese Grand Prix before suffering a tyre blowout and finishing in 4th again.

Ricciardo qualified third at the Spanish Grand Prix, and after the two Mercedes cars of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg crashed out on the first lap, he led the early stages of the race. After a remarkable strategy call by Ferrari resulting in a very short third stint for Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull decided to answer this by pitting Ricciardo again and covering Vettel, also going for the presumed faster three-stop strategy. This dropped him behind Vettel, new teammate Max Verstappen and Kimi Räikkönen on track, and after a few failed attempts at passing Vettel, a tyre blowout late on in the race meant that he finished fourth again, behind eventual winner Verstappen, and the Ferraris of Räikkönen and Vettel.

Ricciardo scored his first pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix, and led the early wet stages of the race. However, after a very long pitstop in which his team took nearly 40 seconds to ready a set of tyres, he lost the race lead to Lewis Hamilton and finished the race in 2nd. Ricciardo was notably upset after the race result, saying: "Two weekends in a row I've been screwed now. It sucks. It hurts."

Ricciardo returned to the podium in Hungary, finishing third, and in Germany, where he finished second. On the podium in Germany, Ricciardo performed a new celebration, where he drank champagne out of his shoe. He calls this celebration the "shoey". He repeated the celebration at the Belgian Grand Prix (where he came second again), this time persuading podium interviewer Mark Webber to also drink from the shoe.

Ricciardo qualified and finished second at the Singapore Grand Prix, after pushing eventual winner Rosberg hard near the end, a late strategy change pushing him to under half a second behind at the finish line.

Ricciardo qualified fourth at the Malaysian Grand Prix but moved up to second into turn one, after a collision between Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg. He then took the lead late on in the race when leader Lewis Hamilton retired with an engine failure. After fighting with his Red Bull teammate Verstappen, Ricciardo took his first victory of the season. He repeated his "shoey" celebration on the podium and was able to get team boss Christian Horner as well as podium sharers Verstappen and Rosberg to repeat the celebration. Ricciardo eventually sealed third in the Drivers' Championship following a podium finish in Mexico. Other than Sergio Pérez, he is the only driver to have been classified in every race of the 2016 season. In fact, save for just two races in which Ricciardo equalled the previous year's result, he improved on every other race result from 2015.


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Ricciardo at the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix

Ricciardo qualified 10th in Australia after spinning into the tyre barrier in Q3. He incurred a five-place grid penalty due to an unscheduled gearbox change as a result of the crash. A gearbox sensor issue prevented him from taking the start and when he did get going, two laps down, a sudden fuel pressure problem ended his race after 25 laps. He won his fifth Grand Prix at the first Azerbaijan Grand Prix, after qualifying 10th. He finished on the podium five times in a row between Spain and Austria, and then three times in a row in Singapore, Malaysia and Japan. Despite having maintained fourth in the drivers' championship for much of the season, retirements in three of the last four races (including the final race at Abu Dhabi) saw Ricciardo drop down to 5th in the championship, five points behind Kimi Räikkönen.


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Ricciardo at the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix

Ricciardo started the season with a fourth-place in Australia, from eighth on the grid after a three-place penalty for speeding under red flag conditions. In Bahrain, he recorded a non-finish after an electrical failure on the second lap. His result in the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix was much better, taking a commanding victory by almost nine seconds, after starting sixth on the grid. At the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Ricciardo was fighting for fourth with teammate Max Verstappen in the latter half of the race. His front wing made heavy contact with his teammate's rear, and the incident caused both drivers to retire. At the 2018 Spanish Grand Prix, Ricciardo finished fifth and set the track record, despite spinning under the virtual safety car. Coming into the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix, Ricciardo and Verstappen were considered favourites to win the race due to their cars superior chassis and down-force. Ricciardo topped all three practice sessions before qualifying, breaking the lap record with each session. Ricciardo managed to secure the second pole of his career at Monaco, topping every qualifying session as well and setting a new lap record again. In the race, Ricciardo managed to hold off the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel to take his first Monaco Grand Prix victory and his first Grand Prix win from pole position, despite having to manage a loss of power due to a MGU-K power output issue throughout the race. Later in the season, he tied for the most retirements in the 2018 season, with 8 retirements in total. He managed four fastest laps for the season, in Australia, China, Spain and Hungary and finished the season sixth in the World Drivers' Championship with 170 points.

Renault (2019–2020)


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Ricciardo at the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix

On 3 August 2018, it was announced that Ricciardo had signed a contract to drive for Renault in 2019 and 2020. His teammate for the 2019 season was Nico Hülkenberg. Ricciardo had a poor start to the season with retirements in the first two races, from front wing damage in Australia and power failure in Bahrain. A 7th-place finish in China followed. In Azerbaijan, Ricciardo reversed into Daniil Kvyat when both cars stopped after an overtake attempt by Ricciardo, causing race-ending damage for both drivers and Ricciardo's third retirement in four races. Six consecutive race finishes followed, including a strong 4th place in qualifying and 6th-place finish in Canada. Ricciardo then suffered an exhaust failure at the German Grand Prix.

At the Italian Grand Prix, Ricciardo finished in 4th place, his best result of the year. Teammate Hülkenberg finished in 5th, contributing to Renault's best finish since the team returned to the sport in 2016. Ricciardo was involved in a first-lap collision in Russia, leading to his eventual retirement. He was initially classified 6th in Japan, before both Renault cars were disqualified ten days later for using illegal driver aids. Three consecutive points finishes followed, with strong 6th-place finishes in the United States and Brazil.

Ricciardo ended a relatively disappointing season for Renault in 9th place in the championship, with 54 points, ahead of teammate Hülkenberg.


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Ricciardo at the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix

Ricciardo had a new teammate for the 2020 season, with Hülkenberg being replaced by Esteban Ocon.

Daniel started the season with a retirement at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix after his Renault R.S.20 overheated. In this next race, the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix, Ricciardo was running in sixth place with two laps remaining, but was overtaken by Lance Stroll and Lando Norris. He finished the race in eighth. Ricciardo qualified eleventh at the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix and finished the race in eighth place.

At the 2020 British Grand Prix, Ricciardo finished in fourth place, equaling his best result for Renault. He was running in sixth place before late tyre punctures for Carlos Sainz Jr. and Valtteri Bottas promoted him to fourth. At the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, Ricciardo qualified fifth, but spun midway through the race and finished fourteenth. Ricciardo qualified thirteenth and finished eleventh at the next race in Spain.

Ricciardo would go on an eleven race point-scoring streak until the end of the season, starting with the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix. He qualified and finished in fourth place, as well as taking the fastest lap on the last lap of the race. At the 2020 Italian Grand Prix, he qualified seventh and finished in sixth place. At the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix, he qualified eighth and was running in third place for the majority of the race, but was overtaken by Alex Albon of Red Bull, leaving him to have to finish in fourth place.

At the Russian Grand Prix, Ricciardo was fastest in the second qualifying segment, but only managed to qualify in fifth place. In the race, he finished in fifth place despite a 5-second penalty for violating track limits. At the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix, Ricciardo qualified sixth and finished third, scoring the team's first podium since the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix. This was Ricciardo's first podium since joining Renault, and his first since the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix. In the next race, the 2020 Portuguese Grand Prix, he started tenth after having a crash towards the end of the second segment of qualifying, damaging his rear wing. He finished ninth in the race. He reached the podium a second time for Renault at the 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Starting fifth on the grid, he overtook Pierre Gasly on the first lap, before being overcut by Pérez after being stuck behind traffic. However, a tyre failure and the retirement of former teammate Max Verstappen and a strategy error by Pérez's team Racing Point allowed him to finish in third place. In the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, he started sixth and overtook Valtteri Bottas on the first lap. However, following a red flag, he had a poor second start, which dropped him down to tenth place. He eventually finished in seventh place. At the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, he had a chance of a podium after Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen, and Sergio Pérez all collided in the first lap of the race. But a mistimed second pit stop caused Ricciardo to be overtaken, ending the race in fifth place. In his final race for Renault at the 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, he qualified twelfth; however, a good first stint allowed him to exit the pits in seventh place. He also took the fastest lap of the race on the final lap. He finished in fifth place in the championship standings with 119 points, six points behind Sergio Pérez in fourth.

McLaren (2021–2022)


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Ricciardo at the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix

After two years at Renault, Ricciardo joined McLaren for the 2021 Formula One World Championship as a replacement for Carlos Sainz Jr., who had signed a multi-year deal with Ferrari. He partnered with Lando Norris, who was retained by the team.

He qualified sixth for his first race with the team at the Bahrain Grand Prix. On lap four, Pierre Gasly collided with Ricciardo, causing floor damage to his car, resulting in the loss of a considerable amount of downforce. Despite the performance loss, Ricciardo was able to finish the season opener in seventh.

At the following race, the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, he qualified sixth. Ricciardo moved up to fifth on the opening lap but was subsequently unable to keep pace with the top four cars in the wet conditions and was ordered to let Norris past to contend for the podium, which he did. Ricciardo finished the race in sixth.

At the Portuguese Grand Prix, Ricciardo started from sixteenth after being knocked out during the first phase of qualifying. He recovered to ninth during the race. At the Spanish Grand Prix, Ricciardo qualified seventh, but managed to climb to fifth on the opening lap. He defended fifth from Red Bull driver Sergio Pérez until lap 45, where Pérez was able to get past at turn one. He finished sixth, marking the first time in the season he finished ahead of Norris.

In the following round of the season, the Monaco Grand Prix, Ricciardo was eliminated in the second phase of qualifying and finished twelfth during the race after being lapped by his teammate, who finished on the podium.

A crash in qualifying at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix meant Ricciardo started the race in thirteenth, though he was able to climb up into the points during the race and finished ninth.

At the French Grand Prix, Ricciardo finished in sixth position.

Ricciardo qualified thirteenth at the Styrian Grand Prix. By the end of the fifth lap, he had moved up to eighth, but on lap seven he suffered a loss in power which saw him drop down to fourteenth, and he finished in thirteenth.

At the Austrian Grand Prix, Ricciardo finished seventh after starting thirteenth.

The British Grand Prix saw Ricciardo qualify in seventh place, just behind his teammate. He finished Formula One's first-ever sprint race in sixth place after an overtaking move on Fernando Alonso in the closing stages. Starting the Grand Prix from sixth, Ricciardo benefited from Max Verstappen's retirement to finish in fifth place. This was his first top five finish at McLaren.

The final race before the summer break, the Hungarian Grand Prix saw Ricciardo qualify in eleventh. A chaotic start to the race, which saw seven cars eliminated, meant Ricciardo climbed to second place by the first corner, only for him to be wiped out of the race by another collision and finish the race in eleventh after picking up significant damage to his car.

Upon returning from the summer break, Ricciardo qualified fourth for the Belgian Grand Prix in wet conditions, ahead of his teammate who crashed out in Q3. The race on Sunday was delayed multiple times due to torrential rain and was abandoned after two laps behind the safety car. As a result, Ricciardo was classified fourth and scored six points.

The following weekend at the Dutch Grand Prix, Ricciardo qualified in tenth, again ahead of his teammate. On race day, he was denied a points finish after conceding his tenth position during the closing stages, under orders from the team, to Lando Norris, who was on fresher tyres. Nonetheless, it was a weekend where Ricciardo was the quicker of the two McLaren drivers.

Ricciardo qualified in fifth at the next race, the Italian Grand Prix, six thousandths of a second behind his teammate. During the sprint race on Saturday, Ricciardo gained two positions on the opening lap to finish in third position, earning one championship point. As a result of a grid penalty for Valtteri Bottas, Ricciardo started Sunday's Grand Prix on the front row. This also marked the third race in a row where he had out-qualified his teammate. At the start of the race, Ricciardo got a better start than polesitter Max Verstappen and took the lead into turn one. He held off Verstappen for 21 laps, surviving a safety car restart and late pressure from Norris, whom he led home to claim his first victory for McLaren while also setting the fastest lap. This was also the team's first win since the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix and their first one-two finish since the 2010 Canadian Grand Prix.

At the Russian Grand Prix, Ricciardo qualified fifth on the grid, behind his teammate Lando Norris who was on pole position. A late rain shower in the final few laps saw Ricciardo pit for intermediate tyres and work his way up to fourth place despite a poor start and slow pit stop earlier during the race.

At the Turkish Grand Prix, Ricciardo was knocked out in Q1 and took an engine penalty, starting at the back of the grid. During the race, he managed to progress up to 13th.

At the United States Grand Prix, Ricciardo qualified seventh, ahead of teammate Norris, who qualified behind him in eighth. He was then promoted to sixth place on the grid as a result of a grid penalty for Valtteri Bottas. Overtaking Sainz on lap one following a three-way battle between himself, Sainz and Norris, he managed to hold on to fifth place, defending from Sainz and helping McLaren score crucial points in the battle for third place in the Constructors' Championship with Ferrari, while Norris finished eighth.

At the Mexico City Grand Prix, Ricciardo qualified in seventh place and split the two Ferraris. He would be McLaren's main driver for the race, as Norris started last with an engine penalty. Ricciardo made a blistering start and was alongside Sergio Pérez for fourth place heading into turn one. He had a small lockup and made contact with Valtteri Bottas at turn one and suffered damage to his front wing. After a pitstop, he fell to last place and could only recover to twelfth place, while teammate Norris was able to come from the back of the grid to finish in tenth place.

At the São Paulo Grand Prix, Ricciardo ran in eighth place and challenged Pierre Gasly for seventh before he had to retire with a power issue, making it his first retirement of the season.

At the Qatar Grand Prix, Ricciardo was knocked out in Q2, qualifying 14th, and could only manage 12th in the race after fuel issues hindered his opportunity to progress.

Ricciardo managed to end his pointless streak at the penultimate race in Saudi Arabia. Despite getting knocked out in Q2, qualifying in 11th place, he benefitted from decent pace and a pit-stop during red flags to gain positions. He ran in fourth after the second red flag, challenging Esteban Ocon for the podium position before he lost his fourth place to eventual third-place finisher Valtteri Bottas and settled for fifth place.

At the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi, Ricciardo managed to qualify in 10th place. He then finished 12th after he was overcut by Fernando Alonso and Pierre Gasly as a result of a virtual safety car. He ended the season in eighth place in the drivers standings, scoring 115 points with just one podium, his race win at Monza.


Ricciardo missed the final day of the 2022 pre-season test in Bahrain, due to a positive COVID-19 test on 11 March. He was released from isolation in time for the opening race of the season, on 20 March.

In the opening season race at the Bahrain Grand Prix, the Australian qualified 18th and finished the race in 14th ahead of his teammate Norris in 15th, due to a lack of pace and three driver retirements.

At the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Ricciardo qualified 12th, and was running in 9th during the race. However, he brought out the virtual safety car on lap 35 after his McLaren stopped at the pit lane exit due to an engine failure.

At the Australian Grand Prix, Ricciardo managed to qualify in 7th place, and finished in 6th place behind his teammate Norris in his home Grand Prix.

Daniel Ricciardo 2022 Emilia Romagna
Ricciardo at the 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

At the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Ricciardo qualified in 6th place for the sprint race on that Saturday, where he managed to maintain 6th place during the sprint for the race. During the first lap of the race, Ricciardo collided with Carlos Sainz Jr., causing Sainz to retire from the race, and damaging Ricciardo's front wing. At the end of the race, Ricciardo finished in last place, while his teammate, Norris finished on the podium with 3rd place.

At the Miami Grand Prix, Ricciardo qualified 14th and finished the race in 13th place after his teammate retired. After making it to Q3 and qualifying ninth for the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix, Ricciardo failed to score points and finished twelfth. In the build up to the Monaco Grand Prix Ricciardo was criticised for his early season performance relative to teammate Lando Norris by McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown in an interview Brown gave to Sky Sports F1 stating Ricciardo's poor early season results had "not met his [Ricciardo's] or our expectations." Ricciardo finished eighth in Azerbaijan ahead of his teammate Lando Norris, a track on which he has previously won. He then failed to score points in the Canadian Grand Prix. At the British Grand Prix Ricciardo qualified 14th and could only finish the race one place higher in 13th after complaining post-race of lacking grip during the race. After two ninth placed points scoring results Austria and France. Ricciardo finished pointless at the Hungarian Grand Prix finishing 15th having received a 5-second penalty for colliding with Lance Stroll during the race.

In August 2022, McLaren and Ricciardo terminated his contract a year early, by mutual agreement. Following qualifying of the Japanese Grand Prix, Ricciardo announced that he would not be on the grid for the 2023 Formula One season. Thanks to a marginally stronger second half of the season, where he scored points in three of his last six races, Ricciardo was able to finish the season in 11th position in the Drivers' Championship, although McLaren would finish behind Alpine in the Constructors' Championship. Despite his late season improvement, Ricciardo still finished the 2022 season with a considerable eighty-five point deficit to teammate Norris, who finished seventh in the Drivers Championship.

Red Bull third driver (2023)

After leaving McLaren at the conclusion of the 2022 season, Daniel Ricciardo elected to rejoin Red Bull Racing as a third driver for the 2023 season. The role will see him complete PR activities, assist in simulator and factory work and, while attending race weekends, have access to chat channels and communications to support the race team. Ricciardo also drove the Red Bull RB19 in the Pirelli tests held on July 11 at Silverstone, after the British Grand Prix.

AlphaTauri (2023–)


Nyck de Vries was released from his AlphaTauri seat after the 2023 British Grand Prix. That same day, Ricciardo drove the Red Bull RB19 in the Pirelli tyre tests, and it was announced that he would fill the vacant seat, making his return to the AlphaTauri team and to Formula One for the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix. He was partnered with Yuki Tsunoda. Ricciardo qualified and finished in 13th position in his first race back with AlphaTauri in Hungary. Despite a first-lap incident that dropped him into last, Ricciardo recovered to 13th place. At the Belgian Grand Prix Ricciardo qualified 19th for the main race after breaching track limits on his final flying lap while teammate Tsunoda qualified 11th, just missing out on a Q3 spot. Ricciardo had a better performance in the sprint shootout, qualifying 11th for the shorter race. He then ran in the points for most of the sprint but was ultimately overtaken by George Russell and Esteban Ocon a few laps before the end, finishing 10th. In the main race Ricciardo finished 16th while Tsunoda earned a point with 10th.

During the second free practice of the Dutch Grand Prix, Ricciardo broke a metacarpal bone in his hand in seven places, preventing him from competing for the rest of the weekend. Liam Lawson replaced Ricciardo, making his F1 debut. Riccardo's injury forced him to miss the next 4 rounds in Italy, Singapore, Japan and Qatar with Lawson replacing him for all 4 of those races but he returned for the United States Grand Prix. Ricciardo qualified a season-best fourth for the Mexico City Grand Prix. He went on to finish the race in 7th position, giving AlphaTauri their best finish of the season. This result subsequently took AlphaTauri to 8th in the constructors championship, after being in last for most of the season.


Ricciardo is set to remain with the soon-to-be rebranded AlphaTauri team for the 2024 season alongside Tsunoda.

Driving style

Ricciardo is known for his aggressive style as well as favouring a late braking manoeuvre to engineer overtakes. Ricciardo also prefers to carry more speed through the corner by making it more of a 'U' shape, utilising a little rear instability on entry to turn in, and enough grip to rotate the car mid-corner without the rear breaking away.

Personal life

Ricciardo pronounces his surname "Ricardo" (Listeni/rɪˈkɑːrd/) instead of the Italian pronunciation ([ritˈtʃardo], with a "ch"-sound), attributing this to the way it was usually pronounced growing up in Australia and by his family. Growing up as a fan of NASCAR Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt, Ricciardo adopted the number 3 as his racing number in honour of him.

Ricciardo supports the Australian Football League's West Coast Eagles and was the club's number-one ticket holder in 2015 and 2016. He is also a UFC fan and, during the course of his Formula 1 career, developed an affinity for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League.

He is in a relationship with Heidi Berger, the daughter of former F1 driver Gerhard Berger.


  • BRDC The Bruce McLaren Trophy: 2013
  • Trofeo Lorenzo Bandini: 2014
  • Confartigianato Motori Driver of the Year: 2014
  • GQ Australia Sportsman of the Year: 2014
  • BRDC The Bruce McLaren Trophy: 2014
  • BRDC The Innes Ireland Trophy: 2014
  • BRDC The Innes Ireland Trophy: 2015
  • Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough Performance of the Year: 2015
  • BRDC The Bruce McLaren Trophy: 2016
  • Confartigianato Motori Driver of the Year: 2018
  • Appointed Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2022 Australia Day Honours

Karting record

Karting career summary

Season Series Position
2000 Bob Smithers Memorial — Junior Clubman 5th
2005 Australian CIK Championship Series — Intercontinental A 1st
Australian National Sprint Kart Championship — Junior Clubman 10th
2010 Van der Drift Fundraiser DNF

Racing record

Racing career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2005 Western Australian Formula Ford Championship Privateer 3 0 0  ? 0 74 8th
2006 Formula BMW Asia Eurasia Motorsport 19 2 3 3 12 231 3rd
Formula BMW UK Motaworld Racing 2 0 0 0 0 3 20th
Formula BMW World Final Fortec Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 5th
2007 Formula Renault 2.0 Italy RP Motorsport 14 0 0 0 0 196 6th
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 4 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2008 Formula Renault 2.0 WEC SG Formula 15 8 9 7 11 192 1st
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 18 6 5 5 7 136 2nd
Formula 3 Euro Series 2 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2009 British Formula 3 Championship Carlin Motorsport 20 7 6 5 13 275 1st
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
Formula Renault 3.5 Series Tech 1 Racing 2 0 0 0 0 0 34th
Macau Grand Prix Carlin 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2010 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Tech 1 Racing 17 4 8 5 8 136 2nd
2011 Formula Renault 3.5 Series ISR 12 1 2 3 6 144 5th
Formula One HRT Formula 1 Team 11 0 0 0 0 0 27th
2012 Formula One Scuderia Toro Rosso 20 0 0 0 0 10 18th
2013 Formula One Scuderia Toro Rosso 19 0 0 0 0 20 14th
2014 Formula One Infiniti Red Bull Racing 19 3 0 1 8 238 3rd
2015 Formula One Infiniti Red Bull Racing 19 0 0 3 2 92 8th
2016 Formula One Red Bull Racing 21 1 1 4 8 256 3rd
2017 Formula One Red Bull Racing 20 1 0 1 9 200 5th
2018 Formula One Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 21 2 2 4 2 170 6th
2019 Formula One Renault F1 Team 21 0 0 0 0 54 9th
2020 Formula One Renault DP World F1 Team 17 0 0 2 2 119 5th
2021 Formula One McLaren F1 Team 22 1 0 1 1 115 8th
2022 Formula One McLaren F1 Team 22 0 0 0 0 37 11th
2023 Formula One Scuderia AlphaTauri -73 -1 0 -3 -3

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