Daniel Ricciardo is a racing driver from Australia and part of the successful Red Bull Racing team. Born in 1989, he has 28 podium placements and has entered 132 Grand Prix. He made his major breakthrough in the 2014 season and has gone on to create waves across the industry.
Ricciardo is from Perth and first began racing at nine after being inspired by Aryton Senna. He started in the go-kart racing ranks and made his way up to the Australia Formula Ford series. He impressed so much that he was awarded a scholarship for the Formula BMW Asia championship.
The Eurasia Team
Racing for the Eurasia team, Ricciardo finished in third place in the championship, including two wins and ten podiums. He also enjoyed racing in the British Formula BMW series and the World Finals, in which he managed a fifth place finish.
In 2007 Ricciardo raced for Italian Formula Renault, and he secured a podium in Valencia and finished the season in sixth position. In 2008 he managed to enjoy a fantastic European season with top place in the Formula Renault Western European Cup.
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British Formula Three
As a member of the junior team with Red Bull, in 2009 he raced in the British Formula Three championship, winning it and securing six pole positions and six wins in total. Ricciardo continued improving his record with more successful seasons. He won four races and finished in second place in the 2010 standings and became a regular third driver for the Toro Rosso team. He continued to grow throughout 2012 and 2013, winning three races in 2014 and becoming the team’s number one driver in 2015.
A Bright Future
In 2016 Ricciardo won seven podiums and was ranking third in the standings and then was victorious in Azerbaijan in 2017. Thankfully for his team, Ricciardo has confirmed he will stay with Red Bull until 2018.
The young driver is now enjoying a reputation as one of Formula One’s biggest stars and looks set for an even brighter future.