Daniel Ricciardo combines incredible racecraft with all-out speed. With the correct equipment, Ricciardo is a proven race winner who is never hesitant to push himself to the edge in the hopes of making a pass. Daniel was born in Perth, Australia on 1 July 198. Daniel Ricciardo height measures at 5ft 10in. Daniel is a Formula 1 driver who last raced for McLaren along side Lando Norris before re-joining Red Bull Racing as their reserve driver in 2023.
Danny made his Formula 1 debut at 2011 British GP with HRT Team. He joined Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2012 with Ferrari powered engine before he was promoted to drive alongside multi-World Champion Sebastian Vettel. Ricciardo finished third in that season with three wins.
At the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2016, Ricciardo returned to the top of the podium after going two years without a victory, eventually finishing third in the overall standings for the second time in three years. Ricciardo joined Renault after the 2018 season and competed for them in the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
Along with Lando Norris, he joined McLaren for the 2021 and 2022 Formula 1 seasons. At the Italian Grand Prix in 2021, he won his maiden race while driving for McLaren. Ricciardo was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2022 Australia Day Honours.
Early Racing Career
Daniel started his karting career at the age of nine as a member of Tiger Kart Club and took part in several karting events including Bob Smithers Memorial where he finished fifth and Australian National Sprint Kart Championship where he finished tenth.
Driving a 15-year-old Van Diemen, he competed in the Western Australian Formula Ford championship in 2005, finishing seventh overall. Ricciardo entered the national Formula Ford series at Sandown Raceway in Melbourne during the conclusion of the season, but his leased 13-year-old Van Diemen was not competitive, and he finished 16th, 17th, and retired throughout the weekend’s three races.
In 2006, Ricciardo took part in Formula BMW Asia where he finished third, Formula BMW UK and finished twentieth and in Formula BMW World Final with overall position fifth.
Formula Renault 2.0
In 2007, Daniel Ricciardo took part in Formula Renault 2.0 Italy, in fourteen races, he scored 196 points and finished sixth. In 2008, Formula Renault 2.0 WEC took place where he finished first in fifteen races with 192 points.
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Daniel took part in Eurocup Renault 2.0 twice. Once in 2007 and in 2008. In 2008, he finished second overall whereas he didn’t take full part in 2007 season.
Ricciardo made his Formula 3 debut in the middle of the 2008 campaign when he joined the SG Formula Formula 3 Euro Series squad. After James Jakes and Christian Vietoris had grid stalls, Ricciardo moved up from seventh to sixth in the opening race. But he struggled in the race with the reverse grid, coming in only sixteenth.
For the 2009 season, Ricciardo switched to the British Formula 3 Championship while driving for Carlin Motorsport.
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
In 2010, Danny was signed up by Tech 1 Team. With magnificent nine poles in throughout the season, he finished second with four wins and four podiums. Ricciardo failed to secure the title, losing out to Mikhail Aleshin by only two points in the Championship.
In 2011, he was signed for ISR Racing, where he finished fifth with 144 points. In that season, Danny Ric managed only one win and five podiums.
Macau Grand Prix
In 2009, Dan took part in Macau GP driving Dallara F308 for Carlin. Qualifying fifth, finishing sixth in qualifying race, but unable to finish the main race (DNF).
Formula 1 career
2011, Red Bull Racing hired Ricciardo, and he replaced Narain Karthikeyan with the exception of the Indian Grand Prix so that Karthikeyan could compete in the Grand Prix at his home track. At the 2011 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Ricciardo competed in his first Grand Prix. In his inaugural season Daniel finished at P27 with 0 points.
Toro Rosso (2012 - 2013)
2012, Ricciardo and Frenchman Jean-Éric Vergne would both be driving for the Scuderia Toro Rosso for the season, it was announced on December 14th, 2011. On March 18, 2012, at the Australian Grand Prix, Ricciardo passed teammate Vergne late in the final lap to finish in ninth place and earn his first two World Championship points. Daniel Ric finished his 2012 season with 10 points at P18.
2013, Ricciardo was re-signed by Toro Rosso. Seven points separate Ricciardo from teammate Jean-Éric Vergne, who he outqualified for the most of the season. Over the course of their two years together, he outperformed Vergne in qualifying, outscoring him 30-7, which led to his promotion to Toro Rosso’s senior squad, Red Bull, displacing fellow countryman Mark Webber. He finished his season with 20 points at P13.
Red Bull Racing (2014 - 2018)
2014, Ricciardo finished second overall in the Australian Grand Prix, the first race of the season, despite pressure from Kevin Magnussen in the closing stages. He qualified second behind Lewis Hamilton. Later, Ricciardo was declared ineligible. In Bahrain, where he finished fourth after starting in 13th place, he was able to earn his first points of the 2014 campaign.
Ricciardo became the fourth Australian to win a Grand Prix in Formula 1 by triumphing at the Canadian Grand Prix. On July 27, Ricciardo won the Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton, and later the Belgian Grand Prix for his third career victory. He finished his season at P33 with 238 points.
2015, DR finished first six races of the season within points but not above P5. At Hungarian GP he finished third and second at Singapore GP. He didn’t get the season he wished for as he finished his season at P8 with 92 points.
2016, Ricciardo started the season strong with a much more competitive Red Bull, finishing 4th in Bahrain and Australia, qualifying 2nd, and then taking the lead early in the Chinese Grand Prix before suffering a tyre failure and dropping to 4th place.
At the Monaco Grand Prix, Ricciardo won the pole position for the first time. In Hungary, where he placed third, and in Germany, where he took second place, Ricciardo made a comeback to the podium. In Germany, Ricciardo introduced a brand-new celebration on the podium by sipping champagne from his shoe. He refers to this event as the “shoey.” At the Belgian Grand Prix, where he finished second once more, he celebrated once more.
After intense battle with his teammate Max Verstappen at Malaysian GP, Danny ultimately won the race taking his first victory of the season. He finished his season at P3.
2017, Dani crashed into the tire barrier in Q3 and finished 10th in Australia’s qualifying. He was penalized five grid positions because of a gearbox change. He started the race two laps behind schedule due to a gearbox sensor failure, and the race was over in 25 laps due to an unexpected fuel pressure issue. After qualifying in tenth place, he won his fifth Grand Prix at the inaugural Azerbaijan GP.
Between Spain and Austria, he placed third five times in a row, and in Singapore, Malaysia, and Japan, he placed third three times in a run. Ricciardo dropped to fifth in the drivers’ standings, five points behind Kimi Räikkönen, after maintaining fourth place for the majority of the season due to retirements in three of the last four races.
2018, with his last season with Rd Bull, he didn’t get the season he wanted. Dan won the Chinese after starting sixth on the grip and Monaco Grand Prix by securing his second career pole and amazingly finished all his races above P6 excluding retirements. Talking about the retirements, he had a record 8 retirements throughout the season.
Azerbaijan GP was a big controversy in the Red Bull paddock as both the drivers crashed at the straight in order to take the lead of the race, eventually both ended up DNF.
He clinched four fastest laps for the season, at Australia, China, Spain and Hungary and finished the season P6 in the World Drivers’ Championship with 170 points.
Reanult (2019 - 2020)
2019, Daniel Ricciardo signed a contract to drive for Renault in 2019 and 2020, it was revealed on August 3, 2018. Nico Hülkenberg was Ricciardo’s teammate for the 2019 campaign. The season got off to a bad start for Ricciardo as he retired from the first two races. Finished sixth in China and again retired in Azerbaijan, failing. His fourth-place performance in Italy was his best of the year.
With 54 points at the end of the season, Ricciardo finished ahead of teammate Hülkenberg in ninth place overall for Renault.
2020, Esteban Ocon took over for Hülkenberg in the season, giving Ricciardo a new teammate. He retired at his local doctor’s office to kick off his campaign. Despite consistently scoring few points, he managed to win two podiums during his season at the GPs of Emilia Romagna and Eifel.
With 119 points at the end of the tournament, he came in fifth position, 6 points behind Sergio Perez in fourth.
McLaren (2021 - 2022)
2021, In place of Carlos Sainz, who had signed a multi-year contract with Ferrari, Ricciardo joined McLaren for the Formula 1 World Championship after spending two years with the Renault F1 Team. He collaborated with Lando Norris, who the team decided to keep. He consistently scored points in many races.
Dan placed fifth in the Italian Grand Prix qualifying. In sprint race on Saturday, Ricciardo moved up two positions to take third place and score one point toward the championship. He lined up on first row for Sunday’s Grand Prix. Ricciardo got out to a faster start than polesitter Max Verstappen. He held Verstappen for 21 laps to win his first race for McLaren and set the fastest lap. Additionally, this was the team’s first victory since the Brazilian Grand Prix of 2012 and their first 1-2 result since the Canadian Grand Prix of 2010.
Sao Paulo being the only retirement of the season, he finished at P8 overall.
2022, remarkably his one of the worse Formula 1 season. He scored points in only seven out of twenty-two races.
Even though McLaren finished behind Alpine in the Constructors’ Championship, Ricciardo was still able to end the season in P11 in the Drivers’ Championship. Ricciardo nonetheless concluded the 2022 season with a large eighty-five point deficit to teammate Norris, who came in seventh in the Drivers’ Championship, despite his late-season improvement.
Red Bull Reserve Driver (2023-)
Ricciardo made the decision to re-join Red Bull Racing in 2023 as the third driver after leaving McLaren at the end of the 2022 season. He was replaced by Oscar Piastri in 2023.
Daniel Joseph Ricciardo was born to Italian and Australian parents on July 1st, 1989 in Perth, Western Australia. Giuseppe “Joe” Ricciardo, his father, was born in Ficarra but moved to Australia when he was just seven years old. Grace, the mother of Ricciardo, was born in Australia. Michelle is Ricciardo’s sister as well. Ricciardo’s earliest recollections of motorsports as a child were of watching his father compete at the neighboring Barbagallo Raceway in Wanneroo while he was growing up in Duncraig, one of Perth’s northern suburbs. He was brought as a Catholic and finished high school at Newman College. When he was 9 years old, he began karting.
Ricciardo supports the Australian Football League’s West Coast Eagles and was the club’s number-one ticket holder in 2015 and 2016. He is also a big UFC fan.
Daniel Ricciardo girlfriend
An aspiring actress named Heidi Berger has been linked as Daniel Ricciardo girlfriend. She is a current New York University student who hopes to become an actor. She appeared in a few TV shows between 2015 and 2018, including A Unica Mulher (2015), Trakehnerblut (2017), and Onde Esta Elisa (2018). Gerhard Berger, an F1 icon from Austria, is her father. Berger competed in motorsports for Ferrari and McLaren. Ana Corvo, who was also a model, is her mother. Her mother’s ancestry is Portuguese. Sara Maria Berger, Heidi’s two-year-old sister, is her older sister.
Daniel Ricciardo net worth is valued around $50 Million US Dollars and said to be earning $15 Million US Dollars per annum.
- BRDC The Bruce McLaren Trophy: 2013
- Trofeo Lorenzo Bandini: 2014
- Confartigianato Motori Driver of the Year: 2014
- GQ Australia Sportsman of the Year: 2014
- BRDC The Bruce McLaren Trophy: 2014
- BRDC The Innes Ireland Trophy: 2014
- BRDC The Innes Ireland Trophy: 2015
- Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough Performance of the Year: 2015
- BRDC The Bruce McLaren Trophy: 2016
- Confartigianato Motori Driver of the Year: 2018
- Appointed Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2022 Australia Day Honours for “significant service to motor sport as a competitor and ambassador, and to the community”.