Team Infiniti Red Bull Racing
Nationality Australian
Date of Birth 01 Jul 1989
F1 Debut Great Britain 2011 with HRT Cosworth
F1 Team HRT, Toro Rosso, Red Bull Racing

Daniel Ricciardo

In Singapore

Ricciardo in Singapore:

2011 HRT: qualified 23rd, finished 19th
2012 Toro Rosso: qualified 15th, finished 9th
2013 Toro Rosso: qualified 9th, spun off
2014 Red Bull: qualified 3rd, finished 3rd

A star of the future

Daniel Ricciardo was one of the drivers of the season in 2014, the Australian becoming the only non-Mercedes driver to win a race all year. He took his first-ever victory in Canada and followed it up with wins in Hungary and Belgium on his way to third in the drivers’ standings.

It was an impressive performance from the Australian, who beat fellow former British F3 champion Jean-Eric Vergne to the coveted graduation to the second Red Bull racing seat alongside Sebastian Vettel last season.

Ricciardo, who had raced for HRT and spent two seasons with Toro Rosso, made the most of his opportunity with the then reigning world championship team, absorbing the pressure to outperform his more decorated team-mate Vettel.

The Australian always has a smile on his face and his happy-go-lucky persona with a penchant for music and tennis disguises a determined and clever racer. He pulled of a string of impressive overtaking moves in 2014, including a brilliant one in Hungary on Lewis Hamilton, who was in a superior car.

Ricciardo, from Perth in Western Australia, has impressed many with his honesty and reluctance to make excuses but will face a challenge as the team’s new team leader, following Vettel’s departure to Ferrari. Can he deal with the pressure and turn himself into a World Championship contender?