Watch as The Inside Line point out the incredible results former Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo has achieved over the years...
Daniel Ricciardo is a Formula 1 driver for Renault F1 team. The 29-year-old ended his 12-year relationship with Red Bull Racing in 2019, with the Australian confirming his move away during the summer break of the 2018 season.
The move took the whole of the F1 world by surprise, with Ricciardo moving to the team who finished a place below his parent side. With Ricciardo switching to Renault, it meant Carlos Sainz Jr. had to find a new team – and that he did, in McLaren.
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The journey to Formula 1
Ricciardo started karting at the age of just nine as a member of the Tiger Kart Club. In 2005, the Aussie entered the Western Australian Formula Ford Championship, where he finished in eighth place in his first season. The following year, Ricciardo earned himself a scholarship into the Formula BMW Asian Championship, driving for Eurasia Motorsport. An impressive rookie season for the Aussie saw him secure two victories, and finishing the season in third place with 231 points.
Formula Renault was the next stop for Ricciardo with RP Motorsport. In the European championship, he finished the season in seventh in the Italian series; securing 196 points – with just the one podium finish in Valencia. He then stayed in Formula Renault for a second successive season. The young driver then claimed his first European title in the Western European Cup. In the Eurocup, the Australian driver finished runner-up to now Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas.
Ricciardo made the next step-up to Formula 3 (SG Formula’s Formula 3 Euro Series) in the mid-part of the 2008 season. He made his F3 debut at the iconic Nurburgring track in Germany. The Aussie qualified into P8 despite not too much experience in the car, and then climbed up two places for an impressive P6 finish on his Formula 3 debut.
But in 2009, Ricciardo switched to the British Formula 3 Championship, where he drove for Carlin Motorsport. In his first season in Formula Three, Ricciardo clinched the title – becoming the first ever Australian driver to win the F3 title since 1989, when David Brabham was victorious.
In late 2009, Ricciardo moved to Formula Renault 3.5, and was signed by Tech 1 to take part in its 2010 season. Brendon Hartley, the former Scuderia Toro Rosso driver, was his team-mate for Tech 1. Life didn’t start ideally for Ricciardo, with a mountain biking incident forcing him to miss the second round of the season. But his response was superb, with two pole positions in the next races, but managed just third and second respectively. Ricciardo was involved in an extraordinary barrel-roll incident at Silverstone – crashing with Jon Lancaster – with the crash marking the end of the race for the Aussie. An agonising end to the season for Ricciardo saw him finish in second place, losing to Mikhail Aleshin by two points after his debut season in Formula Renault 3.5.
Formula One career
Ricciardo was signed by Red Bull Racing and placed as a Toro Rosso reserve driver in 2011. He eventually moved to HRT, but still contracted to Red Bull, replacing Narain Karthikeyan for the remainder of the 2011 season. The Aussie made his Formula 1 debut at the 2011 British Grand Prix.
At the end of 2011, it was announced Ricciardo would drive for Toro Rosso in the 2012 season, partnering Jean-Eric Vergne. On his Toro Rosso debut, and his home-race, the Aussie secured a ninth-place finish, securing his first ever points in F1.
He then stayed at Red Bull’s junior team for the following season and completely out-performed Vergne throughout the 2013 campaign.
Soon, Red Bull came calling and Ricciardo replaced compatriot Mark Webber at the energy drink-brand side. He’d be partnering Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull.
Daniel Ricciardo News
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Watch: Daniel Ricciardo gets a Monaco lap under his belt already!
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Daniel Ricciardo left Red Bull because of Max Verstappen says Franz Tost
Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost believes that Daniel Ricciardo left Red Bull because of the threat that Max Verstappen posed to him. The Dutchman...
Ricciardo suggests team orders could've led to points finish
Daniel Ricciardo believes he could have challenged for points if he and Nico Hulkenberg had been switched at the safety car restart.
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