Daniel Ricciardo, from Perth in Western Australia, started off in Formula Ford with a thirteen year old leased car, which was not competitive, and saw a best finish of sixteenth place. However, the following year, 2006, saw Daniel winning a scholarship into Formula BMW Asian championship, during which he managed a pole position, two wins, and a third place in the championship.
2007 saw a move to Formula Renault, and he remained in the series in 2008, where he finished second in the championship to Valtteri Bottas. Daniel also made his debut in Formula Three in 2008, and in 2009, focused on British Formula Three, where he was racing for the Carlin team, and among his team mates was Max Chilton. It was a good year for Daniel, with six poles and six wins, and saw him win the championship. As well as a successful year, it was also a busy one, with a fifth place in the Macau Grand Prix and appeared in the Formula Renault 3.5 series – the World Series by Renault – where he partnered Charles Pic by standing in for Brendon Hartley.
In 2010, Daniel drove through the season in World Series by Renault for the Tech 1 Racing team, initially with Brendon Hartley as a team mate, and then with Jean-Eric Vergne alongside him for the last three races of the season, a partnership that has endured beyond the season and beyond the series. Daniel finished second in the series, with four wins, behind Mikhail Aleshin. He moved to the ISR team in 2011, remaining in the series, until a call up to the HRT Formula One team to replace Narain Karthikeyan for the rest of the season other than the Indian Grand Prix, when Karthikeyan would compete. Daniel was not a stranger to Formula One at this stage, as he served as the test driver for Toro Rosso during the first eight race weekends of the season. When the Indian Grand Prix came up, rather than Daniel being required to give up the drive back to Karthikeyan, Vitantonio Liuzzi, his fellow driver, gave up his seat, allowing Daniel to compete.
In 2012, Daniel rekindled his partnership with Jean-Eric Vergne, this time as Formula One drivers in the Toro Rosso team. He started his Toro Rosso F1 career with a points finish at his home Grand Prix in Australia, and managed five more points finishes that year. The line up has continued into the 2013 season, and has managed two points finishes in the first six races. We bumped into Daniel at the Spanish Grand Prix in 2013, as he was riding around the circuit on a bicycle. He seemed to be a rather pleasant chap.
Daniel’s 2013 performance was considered impressive enough to put him in the seat for Red Bull for 2014, replacing the retiring Mark Webber. Apparently not daunted by being the team mate of a four times world champion, he consistently outscored Sebastian through the season, finishing higher in the points in most races including three wins through 2014. Sebastian headed off to Ferrari at the end of the year, and Daniel goes from being the new boy in the team to the experienced driver, with Daniil Kvyat getting the promotion from Toro Rosso for 2015 to partner Daniel at Red Bull. Daniil partnered Daniel through 2015 but part way through 2016. Daniil returned to Toro Rosso to make way for Max Verstappen, who remains Daniel’s team mate for 2017.
Here are some pictures of Daniel at various events over the years. I hope you like them.
There is a list of my various galleries of Formula One drivers here.
Daniel Ricciardo at the 2016 British Grand Prix
Daniel Ricciardo in 2016 Winter Testing
Daniel Ricciardo at the 2015 Belgium Grand Prix
Daniel Ricciardo at the 2015 British Grand Prix
Daniel Ricciardo during Winter Testing 2015
Daniel Ricciardo at the 2014 German Grand Prix
Daniel Ricciardo at the 2014 British Grand Prix
Daniel Ricciardo at the 2013 Young Driver Tests
Daniel Ricciardo in the 2013 British Grand Prix
Daniel Ricciardo in the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix
Daniel Ricciardo during Winter Testing 2013
2012 British Grand Prix
2012 European Grand Prix
Winter Testing 2012
2010 World Series by Renault, Silverstone