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Daniel Ricciardo
Ricciardo in 2009
Nationality Australia Australian
Date of birth 1 July 1989 (1989-07-01) (age 30)
Place of birth Perth, Australia
2019 Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Debut season 2009
Current team Tech 1 Racing
Car no. 8
Starts 19
Wins 4
Poles 8
Fastest laps 5
Best finish 2nd in 2010
Previous series
2005
2006
2006
2007
2007–08
2008
2008
2009
Western Australian Formula Ford
Formula BMW UK
Formula BMW Asia
Italian Formula Renault Italy
Formula Renault Eurocup
Formula Renault WEC
Formula Three Euroseries
British Formula Three
Championship titles
2008
2009
Formula Renault 2.0 WEC
British Formula Three

Daniel Ricciardo (born 1 July 1989 in Perth, Western Australia) is an Australian racing driver. He won the British Formula Three Championship in 2009. He currently races in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. He is also the test driver for both the Red Bull Racing and the Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula One teams.

Career

Formula Ford and Formula BMW

Ricciardo started karting at the age of nine. In 2005, he entered the Western Australian Formula Ford championship. He drove a 15-year-old Van Diemen, and finished eighth by season's end.

The next year, he won a scholarship to the Formula BMW Asian championship with Eurasia Motorsport. During his first season, Ricciardo earned a pole position and won twice. He finished third in the Drivers' Championship with 231 points, 59 points behind the champion.

In August 2006, Ricciardo entered one race in the Formula BMW UK series. He finished eighth in the second race and took three championship points. At the end of the year, he entered the Formula BMW World Final Fortec Motorsport. He finished in fifth position, fourteen seconds behind the winner.

Formula Renault

2007 saw the Australian moved to Formula Renault, entering the European and Italian championships. He finished the year seventh in the Italian series with 196 points and scoring a single podium at Valencia. He failed to score a point in his few starts in the European races.

Ricciardo stayed in Formula Renault for 2008, entering the European and Western European championships. By the end of the year, the he took his first European title in the Western European Cup and finished second in the Eurocup.

Formula Three

During the middle of the 2008 season, Ricciardo made his Formula Three debut at the Nürburgring. He qualified in eighth for the first race. He was moved up to sixth in the race after James Jakes and Christian Vietoris stalled on the grid.

Ricciardo moved to the British Formula Three Championship for 2009, driving for Carlin Motorsport. He also made his debut in the 3.5-litre World Series by Renault championship. He retired from the first race, before finishing fifteenth in the second. When he returned to Formula Three, he extended his championship lead. Ricciardo became the first Australian driver since David Brabham in 1989 to win the British F3 title. He won the championship by 87 points.

Ricciardo continued with Carlin for the Macau Grand Prix with the team. He finished sixth in the qualifying race. He retired on the first lap of the main race after hitting the wall.

Formula Renault 3.5 Series

On 30 October 2009, Ricciardo was signed by Tech 1 to compete in the 2010 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season. He had 8 pole positions in the season, 4 wins, and finished the season second in the championship.

Ricciardo returned to the series in 2011 for ISR Racing

Formula One

Daniel Ricciardo 2011 Malaysia FP1 1
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 in December 2009. He tested for Red Bull Racing at the young drivers test at Circuito de Jerez. On the final day of testing, Ricciardo had the fastest time of the test by more than one second. Ricciardo became one of the test and reserve drivers for both Red Bull Racing, and the sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso

In November 2010, Ricciardo was the only Red Bull Racing driver at the end-of-season young drivers test. Ricciardo dominated the event. His fastest lap was 1.3 seconds faster than Sebastian Vettel's qualifying lap the Saturday before. Ricciardo remained unbeaten in Formula One tests he has attended.

On 26 November 2010, Ricciardo was confirmed as Toro Rosso's test and reserve driver for the 2011 season. He will take part in the first free practice session of each race weekend.

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2005 Australian Formula Ford 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 Three Euroseries 2 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2009 British Formula Three 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 16 4 8 5 8 136 2nd
2011 Formula Renault 3.5 Series ISR 7 2 2 2 3 89* 4th*
Formula One Red Bull Racing Test driver
Scuderia Toro Rosso
Formula One Hispania 0 0 0 0 0 0* NC*

As a guest driver, Ricciardo was ineligible for points
* Season in progress

Complete Formula Three Euroseries results

(key)

Yr Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
2008 SG Formula HOC1
1
HOC1
2
MUG
1
MUG
2
PAU
1
PAU
2
NOR
1
NOR
2
ZAN
1
ZAN
2
NÜR
1

6
NÜR
2

15
BRH
1
BRH
2
CAT
1
CAT
2
LMS
1
LMS
2
HOC2
1
HOC2
2
NC† 0

† – As Ricciardo was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points.

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2009 Tech 1 Racing CAT
SPR
CAT
FEA
SPA
SPR
SPA
FEA
MON
FEA
HUN
SPR
HUN
FEA
SIL
SPR
SIL
FEA
BUG
SPR
BUG
FEA
ALG
SPR
Ret
ALG
FEA
15
NÜR
SPR
NÜR
FEA
ALC
SPR
ALC
FEA
34th 0
2010 Tech 1 Racing ALC
1

3
ALC
2

2
SPA
1

13
SPA
2

5
MON
1

1
BRN
1
12
BRN
2

5
MAG
1

6
MAG
2

2
HUN
1

1
HUN
2

6
HOC
1

1
HOC
2

11
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

2
CAT
1

1
CAT
2

4
2nd 136
2011 ISR Racing ALC
1
ALC
2
SPA
1

10
SPA
2

9
MNZ
1

6
MNZ
2

1
MON
1

1
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

5
HUN
1

HUN
2

SIL
1

SIL
2

LEC
1
LEC
2
CAT
1

CAT
2

17th* 3*

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 WDC Points
2011 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR6 Ferrari 056 2.4 L V8 AUS
TD
MAL
TD
CHN
TD
TUR
TD
ESP
TD
MON
TD
CAN
TD
EUR
TD
26th* 0*
Hispania Racing Hispania F111 Cosworth CA2011 2.4 L V8 GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
SIN
JPN
KOR
IND
ABU
BRA

* Season in progress.

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