Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Joseph Ricciardo (/rɪkɑːrd/ "Ricardo"; born 1 July 1989) is an Italian-Australian[2] racing driver who is currently competing in Formula One, under the Australian flag, for McLaren. He 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. Ricciardo's driver number is 3. He has achieved 8 Grand Prix victories in Formula One.

Daniel Ricciardo
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Ricciardo in 2019
BornDaniel Joseph Ricciardo
(1989-07-01) 1 July 1989 (age 32)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityAustralia Australian
2021 teamMcLaren-Mercedes[1]
Car number3
Entries204 (204 starts)
Championships0
Wins8
Podiums32
Career points1254
Pole positions3
Fastest laps16
First entry2011 British Grand Prix
First win2014 Canadian Grand Prix
Last win2021 Italian Grand Prix
Last entry2021 Turkish Grand Prix
2020 position5th (119 pts)
Previous series
2005
2006
2006
2007
200708
2008
2008
2009
200911
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
2008
2009
Formula Renault 2.0 WEC
British Formula 3
Awards
2014
2015
Lorenzo Bandini Trophy
Laureus Breakthrough of the Year
WebsiteOfficial website

Ricciardo 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 retired Mark Webber alongside multiple time world champion Sebastian Vettel.[3] 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,[4] Hungary,[5] and Belgium.[6]

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.[7][8] He has since added victories 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, alongside Lando Norris. He obtained his first race win with McLaren at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix.

Personal lifeEdit

Daniel Joseph Ricciardo[9] 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.[10] Ricciardo's Australian born mother Grace, had parents originally from Casignana (Calabria).[11][12][13][14] Ricciardo also has a sister; Michelle.[15] 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.[16] He attended high school at Newman College.[17]

Ricciardo pronounces his surname "Ricardo" instead of the Italian pronunciation "Rit-chi-ardo", attributing this to the way it was usually pronounced growing up in Australia and by his family.[9][18] He is often referred to as "the honey badger" in reference to his racing style, explaining how, "It's supposed to be the most fearless animal in the animal kingdom. When you look at it, he seems quite cute and cuddly, but as soon as someone crosses his territory in a way he doesn't like, he turns into a bit of a savage and he'll go after anything – tigers, pythons – he turns very quickly, but he's a good guy."[19][20] 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.[21]

Ricciardo loves the band Alexisonfire. Ricciardo also supports the AFL's West Coast Eagles and was the club's number-one ticket holder in 2015 and 2016.[22][23]

CareerEdit

Formula Ford and Formula BMWEdit

Born in Perth, Western Australia, 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.[24] 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 as he finished 16th, 17th and retired during the weekend's three races.[25]

Formula ThreeEdit

During the mid-part of the 2008 season, Ricciardo made his Formula Three début at the Nürburgring, entering 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.[26]

Ricciardo moved to the British Formula 3 Championship for the 2009 season driving for Carlin Motorsport.[27]

Ricciardo continued his partnership with Carlin, by heading to the Macau Grand Prix with the team.[28]

Formula Renault 3.5 SeriesEdit

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

On 30 October 2009, Ricciardo was signed by Tech 1 to compete in the 2010 season.[29] 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 Hockenheim 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."[30]

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.[31]

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,[32] Ricciardo managed a lights-to-flag victory, setting the fastest lap and placing himself equal first with one race remaining.[33] 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.[34]

In 2011 Ricciardo raced for ISR Racing prior to his HRT call-up.[35]

Formula OneEdit

 
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, from 1–3 December 2009.[36] 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.[37] 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.[38] As it turned out, Ricciardo and Hartley were to share test and reserve duties for both Red Bull, and sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso[39] until the latter was removed from the Red Bull Junior team.[40]

On 11 November 2010, Ricciardo was confirmed as the single driver to represent Red Bull Racing at the end-of-season young drivers test at the Yas Marina Circuit, on 16–17 November. At the announcement, he commented, "I can't wait to get another crack at driving Red Bull Racing's amazing Formula One car."[41] 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.[42]

Days after completing this session 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.[43][44] 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.[45]

HRT (2011)Edit

 
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 all the remaining races of the 2011 season except the Indian Grand Prix, to allow Karthikeyan to race at his home Grand Prix.[46] Ricciardo made his Grand Prix debut at the 2011 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.[47]

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.[48] 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.[49][50]

Toro Rosso (2012–2013)Edit

2012Edit
 
Ricciardo driving for Toro Rosso at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix

On 14 December 2011, it was confirmed that Ricciardo would drive for the Scuderia Toro Rosso for the 2012 season, alongside Frenchman Jean-Éric Vergne.[51]

At the 2012 Australian Grand Prix on 18 March 2012, 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.[52]

In wet conditions in Malaysia he finished 12th, after having been first to switch to slick tyres.[53][54] In Bahrain he qualified sixth, but dropped back during the race and finished 15th.[55][56] In Monaco he suffered his only retirement of the season, after having started from 15th position.[57]

2013Edit
 
Ricciardo at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix

On 31 October 2012, Toro Rosso announced the re-signing of Ricciardo for the 2013 season.[58]

Ricciardo out-scored his teammate Jean-Éric Vergne by seven points and out-qualified him in over 3/4 of the season. His impressive qualifying efforts of 30–7 against Vergne over their two years together help promote him to Toro Rosso senior team, Red Bull,[59] replacing fellow countryman Mark Webber. Ricciardo finished 13th in the championship with 20 points.[60]

Red Bull (2014–2018)Edit

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.[61][62]

2014Edit
 
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[63] 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.[64] 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.[65] Infiniti Red Bull Racing filed an appeal against the disqualification[66][67] which was rejected by the International Court of Appeal, the FIA decision being upheld.[68]

Ricciardo failed to finish in the Malaysian Grand Prix,[69] 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.[70] By winning at the Canadian Grand Prix,[71] Ricciardo became the fourth Australian to win a Grand Prix in Formula One, joining Jack Brabham, Alan Jones and Mark Webber.[72] His victory in Canada broke the chain of six Mercedes victories that marked the beginning of the 2014 season.[73] 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".[74]

Ricciardo won the Hungarian Grand Prix on 27 July, ahead of Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.[75] 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 he 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.[76] His teammate Vettel survived a spin coming onto the main straight late in the race to finish seventh.[77] Ricciardo became the second Australian to win the Hungarian Grand Prix, after Mark Webber's victory – also for Red Bull – in 2010.[78] Ricciardo then went on to score his third victory of his career to go back to back in Belgium, become the first Australian to win there since Jack Brabham in 1960,[79] 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.[80] 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.[81] 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.[82] For his 2014 performances, Ricciardo won the Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year in April 2015.[83]

2015Edit
 
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.[84]

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 in rain, highlighting the car's strong chassis.[85]

Ricciardo achieved his first top five finish in Monaco with fifth and the fastest lap of the race.[86] 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.[87] 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.[88]

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.[89]

2016Edit
 
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.[90][91][92]

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.[93] 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 cover Vettel, also going for the presumed faster three-stop strategy.[94] 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.[95]

Ricciardo scored his first pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix, and led the early wet stages of the race.[96] 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.[97][98] Ricciardo was notably upset after the race result, saying: "Two weekends in a row I've been screwed now. It sucks. It hurts."[99]

Ricciardo returned to the podium in Hungary, finishing third, and in Germany, where he finished second.[100][101] On the podium in Germany, Ricciardo performed a new celebration, where he drank champagne out of his shoe. He calls this celebration the "shoey".[102] 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.[103][104]

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.[105][106]

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.[107][108] 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.[109][110] 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.[111] Ricciardo eventually sealed third in the Drivers' Championship following a podium finish in Mexico.[112][113] Other than Sergio Pérez, he is the only driver to have been classified in every race of the 2016 season.[114] 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.

2017Edit
 
Ricciardo at the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix

Ricciardo qualified 10th in Australia after spinning into the tyre barrier in Q3.[115] He incurred a five-place grid penalty due to an unscheduled gearbox change as a result from 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.[116][117] He won his fifth Grand Prix at the first Azerbaijan Grand Prix, after qualifying 10th.[118] He finished on the podium five times in a row between Spain and Austria, and then three times in a row between Singapore and Japan.[119] 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.[120]

2018Edit
 
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.[121][122] In Bahrain, he recorded a non-finish after an electrical failure on the second lap.[123] 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.[124][125] 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.[126][127] At the 2018 Spanish Grand Prix, Ricciardo finished fifth and set the track record, despite spinning under the virtual safety car.[128] 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.[129] 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.[130] 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.[131][132] Later in the season, he tied for the most retirements in the 2018 season, with 8 retirements in total.[133] 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.[134][135]

Renault (2019–2020)Edit

2019Edit
 
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.[136] Ricciardo's teammate for the 2019 season was Nico Hülkenberg.[137] 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.[138][139] A 7th-place finish in China followed.[140] 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.[141] Six consecutive race finishes followed, including a strong 4th place in qualifying and 6th-place finish in Canada.[142] Ricciardo then suffered an exhaust failure at the German Grand Prix.[143]

At the Italian Grand Prix, Ricciardo finished in 4th place, his best result of the year.[144] Teammate Hülkenberg finished in 5th, contributing to Renault's best finish since the team returned to the sport in 2016.[145] Ricciardo was involved in a first-lap collision in Russia, leading to his eventual retirement.[146] He was initially classified 6th in Japan, before both Renault cars were disqualified ten days later for using illegal driver aids.[147] Three consecutive points finishes followed, with strong 6th-place finishes in the United States and Brazil.[142]

Ricciardo ended a relatively disappointing season for Renault in 9th place in the championship, with 54 points, ahead of teammate Hülkenberg.[148]

2020Edit
 
Ricciardo at the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix

Ricciardo had a new teammate for the 2020 season with Hülkenberg being replaced by Esteban Ocon.[149] Ricciardo started the season with a retirement at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix.[150] In this next race, the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix, Ricciardo was running in 6th place with 2 laps to go before an overtake attempt by Lance Stroll forced Ricciardo wide, causing his to lose positions to Stroll and also Lando Norris. He ended the race in 8th after a close ending with Stroll and Sergio Pérez.[151] Ricciardo qualified 11th at the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix, and finished the race in 8th place.[152][153]

At the 2020 British Grand Prix, Ricciardo finished in 4th place, equaling his best result for Renault.[154] He was running in 6th place before late punctures to Carlos Sainz Jr. and Valtteri Bottas promoted him up to 4th. He was close to overtaking Charles Leclerc for his first podium in 2 years, but missed it by 1.2 seconds.[155] At the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, Ricciardo qualified 5th, but a spin midway through the race led to a 14th place finish.[156] Ricciardo qualified 13th and finished 11th at the next race in Spain.[157]

Ricciardo would go on a 11 race point-scoring streak until the end of the season, starting with the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix. He qualified and finished in 4th place, as well as taking the fastest lap on the last lap of the race.[158] At the 2020 Italian Grand Prix, he qualified 7th and finished in 6th place.[159] At the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix, he qualified 8th and was running in 3rd place for the majority of the race, but Alex Albon of Red Bull overtook Ricciardo, leaving him to have to settle for 4th place.[160]

At the Russian Grand Prix, Ricciardo was fastest in the second qualifying segment, but only managed to qualify in 5th place.[161] In the race, he finished in 5th place despite a 5 second penalty.[162] At the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix, Ricciardo qualified 6th before going on to score the team's first podium since the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix.[163] This was Ricciardo's first podium since joining Renault, and his first since the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix.[164] In the next race, the 2020 Portuguese Grand Prix, he started 10th after having a crash towards the end of second segment of qualifying, damaging his rear wing. He finished 9th in the race.[165] He reached the podium a second time for Renault at the 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.[166] Starting 5th 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 retirement of former teammate Max Verstappen and a strategy error by Pérez's team Racing Point allowed him to finish in 3rd place.[167] In the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, he started 6th, and overtook Valtteri Bottas on the first lap. However, following a red flag he had a poor second start, which dropped him down to 10th place. He eventually finished in 7th place.[168] 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 5th place.[169] In his final race for Renault at the 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, he only managed 12th on the grid, however a good first stint allowed him to exit the pits in 7th place. He also took the fastest lap of the race on the final lap.[170] He finished in 5th place in the championship standings with 119 points, 6 points behind Sergio Pérez in fourth.[171]

McLaren (2021–)Edit

 
Ricciardo at the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix

After two years at Renault F1 Team, 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.[172] His team mate for 2021 is Lando Norris, who was retained by the team.[173]

In his first race at the Bahrain Grand Prix, he outqualifed his teammate and started the race in 6th. On Lap 4, Ricciardo he was hit by Pierre Gasly and suffered 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 7th holding off Sainz at the end of the race.[174]

At the following race, the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, he qualified 6th for the second race in a row and once again ahead of his teammate. Ricciardo moved up to 5th on the opening lap but was subsequently unable to keep pace with the top 4 cars in the wet conditions and was ordered to let Norris past, which he did. He ended up finishing in the same position he started after a difficult race where he faced a slow pitstop.[175]

At the third race of the season the Portuguese Grand Prix, Ricciardo suffered a shock exit in qualifying, being knocked out of Q1 and started the race from 16th. This was the first time he was outqualifed by his teammate during the season. During the race he worked his way through the field and ended in 9th.[citation needed] 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 1. He finished 6th, marking the first time in the season he finished ahead of Norris.[176]

The following round of the season, the Monaco Grand Prix, Ricciardo struggle for pace all weekend. He was eliminated in the second segment of qualifying and finished 12th during the race after being lapped by his teammate, who finished on the podium.[177]

A crash in qualifying at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix meant Ricciardo started the race in 13th but thanks a dramatic end to the Grand Prix, he was able to climb up into the points. However, he was still well behind McLaren teammate Lando Norris yet again this season, as the latter crossed the line in fifth.[178]

After two disappointing races in Monaco and Azerbaijan, Ricciardo had one of his best weekends at McLaren at the French Grand Prix. Starting in tenth, Ricciardo made a good start and pulled off some of his trademark late-braking passes, including one on Norris. He finished the race in 6th position after losing to his teammate during the pitstop phase due to getting stuck in traffic. However, despite this, Ricciardo was overall very pleased with his performance on race day.[179]

Ricciardo qualified a lowly 13th at the Styrian Grand Prix but made up for it with a blistering start which saw him move up to 8th on the first lap gaining 5 places. However, Ricciardo's joy was short-lived because on lap 7 he suffered a loss in power which saw him drop down to 14th. The rest of the race was compromised by a lack of power and being left out on excessively worn tyres. He ended up finishing in the same position he started from.[180]

Another disappointing qualifying at the Austrian Grand Prix saw Ricciardo start 13th once again. Race day went much better for Ricciardo as he climbed up the field to finish in 7th scoring 6 championship points. However, Ricciardo still appeared to be a long way of his teammate who finished on the podium.[181]

The next race, British Grand Prix saw a return to form for Ricciardo as he qualified in 7th place just behind his teammate. He finished Formula One's first ever sprint race in 6th place after an overtaking move on Fernando Alonso in the closing stages. Starting the Grand Prix from 6th, Ricciardo benefited from Max Verstappen's retirement to finish in 5th place. This was his first top 5 finish at McLaren.[182]

The final race before the summer break, the Hungarian Grand Prix saw Ricciardo qualify in 11th. A chaotic start to the race, which saw 7 cars eliminated meant Ricciardo climb to 2nd place by the first corner only for him to be wiped out of the race by another collision and finished the race in 11th after picking up significant damage to his car.[183]

Upon returning from the summer break, Ricciardo qualified 4th for the Belgian Grand Prix in wet conditions while his teammate crashed out during Q3. The race on Sunday was delayed multiple due to torrential rain and was abandoned after 2 laps behind the safety car. As a result, Ricciardo was classified 4th and scored 6 points.[184]

The following weekend at the Dutch Grand Prix, Ricciardo qualified in 10th, once again ahead of his teammate. However, on race day he was denied a points finish after conceding his 10th 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 2 McLaren drivers.[185]

Ricciardo qualified on 5th at the next race, the Italian Grand Prix, 6 thousands of a second down on his teammate. During the sprint race on Saturday, McLaren gambled by starting on the soft tyres and Ricciardo duly delivered by gaining 2 places on the opening to the finish in 3rd position, earning 1 championship point. As a result of a grid penalty for Valtteri Bottas, he 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 1. 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 1-2 finish since the 2010 Canadian Grand Prix.[186]

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 4th place despite a poor start and slow pit stop earlier during the race.[187]

AwardsEdit

Racing recordEdit

Racing career summaryEdit

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 16 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 16 1 0 1 1 95* 8th*

* Season still in progress.

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series resultsEdit

(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

2
MON
1

1
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

5
HUN
1

DNS
HUN
2

12
SIL
1

2
SIL
2

2
LEC
1

6
LEC
2

2
CAT
1
CAT
2
5th 144

Complete Macau Grand Prix resultsEdit

Year Team Car Qualifying Quali race Main race
2009   Carlin Dallara F308 5th 6th DNF

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(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 21 22 WDC Points
2011 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR6 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 AUS
TD
MAL
TD
CHN
TD
TUR
TD
ESP
TD
MON
TD
CAN
TD
EUR
TD
27th 0
Hispania Racing F1 Team Hispania F111 Cosworth CA2011 2.4 V8 GBR
19
HRT Formula 1 Team GER
19
HUN
18
BEL
Ret
ITA
NC
SIN
19
JPN
22
KOR
19
IND
18
ABU
Ret
BRA
20
2012 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR7 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 AUS
9
MAL
12
CHN
17
BHR
15
ESP
13
MON
Ret
CAN
14
EUR
11
GBR
13
GER
13
HUN
15
BEL
9
ITA
12
SIN
9
JPN
10
KOR
9
IND
13
ABU
10
USA
12
BRA
13
18th 10
2013 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR8 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 AUS
Ret
MAL
18
CHN
7
BHR
16
ESP
10
MON
Ret
CAN
15
GBR
8
GER
12
HUN
13
BEL
10
ITA
7
SIN
Ret
KOR
19
JPN
13
IND
10
ABU
16
USA
11
BRA
10
14th 20
2014 Infiniti Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB10 Renault Energy F1-2014 1.6 V6 t AUS
DSQ
MAL
Ret
BHR
4
CHN
4
ESP
3
MON
3
CAN
1
AUT
8
GBR
3
GER
6
HUN
1
BEL
1
ITA
5
SIN
3
JPN
4
RUS
7
USA
3
BRA
Ret
ABU
4
3rd 238
2015 Infiniti Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB11 Renault Energy F1-2015 1.6 V6 t AUS
6
MAL
10
CHN
9
BHR
6
ESP
7
MON
5
CAN
13
AUT
10
GBR
Ret
HUN
3
BEL
Ret
ITA
8
SIN
2
JPN
15
RUS
15
USA
10
MEX
5
BRA
11
ABU
6
8th 92
2016 Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB12 TAG Heuer 1.6 V6 t AUS
4
BHR
4
CHN
4
RUS
11
ESP
4
MON
2
CAN
7
EUR
7
AUT
5
GBR
4
HUN
3
GER
2
BEL
2
ITA
5
SIN
2
MAL
1
JPN
6
USA
3
MEX
3
BRA
8
ABU
5
3rd 256
2017 Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB13 TAG Heuer 1.6 V6 t AUS
Ret
CHN
4
BHR
5
RUS
Ret
ESP
3
MON
3
CAN
3
AZE
1
AUT
3
GBR
5
HUN
Ret
BEL
3
ITA
4
SIN
2
MAL
3
JPN
3
USA
Ret
MEX
Ret
BRA
6
ABU
Ret
5th 200
2018 Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB14 TAG Heuer 1.6 V6 t AUS
4
BHR
Ret
CHN
1
AZE
Ret
ESP
5
MON
1
CAN
4
FRA
4
AUT
Ret
GBR
5
GER
Ret
HUN
4
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
SIN
6
RUS
6
JPN
4
USA
Ret
MEX
Ret
BRA
4
ABU
4
6th 170
2019 Renault F1 Team Renault R.S.19 Renault E-Tech 19 1.6 V6 t AUS
Ret
BHR
18
CHN
7
AZE
Ret
ESP
12
MON
9
CAN
6
FRA
11
AUT
12
GBR
7
GER
Ret
HUN
14
BEL
14
ITA
4
SIN
14
RUS
Ret
JPN
DSQ
MEX
8
USA
6
BRA
6
ABU
11
9th 54
2020 Renault DP World F1 Team Renault R.S.20 Renault E-Tech 20 1.6 V6 t AUT
Ret
STY
8
HUN
8
GBR
4
70A
14
ESP
11
BEL
4
ITA
6
TUS
4
RUS
5
EIF
3
POR
9
EMI
3
TUR
10
BHR
7
SKH
5
ABU
7
5th 119
2021 McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35M Mercedes M12 E Performance 1.6 V6 t BHR
7
EMI
6
POR
9
ESP
6
MON
12
AZE
9
FRA
6
STY
13
AUT
7
GBR
5
HUN
11
BEL
4
NED
11
ITA
13
RUS
4
TUR
13
USA
MXC
SAP
QAT
SAU
ABU
8th* 95*

Did not finish, but was classified as he had completed more than 90% of the race distance.
Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance was completed.
* Season still in progress.

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Further readingEdit

  • Saunders, Nate (2018). Daniel Ricciardo: In Pursuit of Greatness. Richmond, Vic: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 9781743794715.

External linksEdit