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Start Monaco GP
To drivers

Daniel Ricciardo

McLaren Racing
Nationality aus Australian
Birthplace Perth
Date of birth 01/07/1989 (31 yr.)
F1 debute 2011, Groot-Brittannië

F1 season 2021

WC Position 7
Races 4
WC points 24
Victories 0
Podiums 0
Pole positions 0

F1 career

World titles 0
WC points 1183
Races 192
Victories 7
Podium places 31
Pole positions 3

After two seasons with French giants Renault ended on a high note with podiums and promises of memorable tattoos, Australian ‘Honey Badger’ Daniel Ricciardo heads into 2021 with a new drive at McLaren as they look to push into the front row of the grid.

Personal Information

Name Daniel Joseph Ricciardo
Team McLaren
Date of Birth July 1, 1989
Place of Birth Perth, Australia
Age 31
Height 1.80m (5' 9")
Weight 66kg
Nationality Australian
Race Number 3

Biography of Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo

Born in Australia to parents originally from Italy, Ricciardo turned to karting at the age of nine, slowly climbing up the ranks and participating in multiple series including Formula Ford, Formula BMW and Formula Renault before landing in Formula Three in 2008.

Ricciardo won the British Formula 3 Championship in 2009, the first Australian to do so since David Brabham in 1989, and after a stint in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, landed in Formula One via Red Bull’s young driver programme.

Initially brought in as the Toro Rosso test driver in 2010, Ricciardo landed his first drive with HRT Racing as a replacement for Narain Karthikeyan for the remainder of the 2011 campaign. The jump to Toro Rosso soon followed, and after out-qualifying and out-scoring teammate Jean-Eric Vergne on a regular basis, he was promoted to Red Bull to replace fellow countryman Mark Webber.

Ricciardo made his name known in his first start in front of his Australian fans, qualifying second behind Lewis Hamilton and holding that spot to capture a famous podium finish. However, the Honey Badger was later disqualified due to fuel flow irregularities, denying Australia a first ever podium finish for an Australian driver. The disappointment was washed away in Canada when Ricciardo registered his first victory, becoming the fourth Australian race winner after Jack Brabham, Alan Jones and Webber.

The Honey Badger added victories in Hungary and Belgium to his resume, and finished 71 points ahead of four-time World Champion teammate Sebastian Vettel in the standings, a result that no doubt played a part in the German’s departure for Ferrari.

Red Bull downturn and departure

Unfortunately Red Bull fell behind the other title contenders in 2015 due to their underpowered Renault power unit, registering no victories in a season dominated by Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. While 2016 and 2017 saw improved performance, the Australian was limited to one victory each season. However, he did debut his now famed ‘shoey’ celebration, drinking champagne out of his shoe, after finishing second at the 2016 German Grand Prix.

Ricciardo’s final victories with the team came at the 2018 Chinese and Monaco Grand Prix, but with Red Bull now firmly behind burgeoning youngster Max Verstappen, the Australian opted to leave the only team he had ever known for Renault.

A disappointing 2019 saw Ricciardo finish ninth in the championship ahead of teammate Nico Hulkenberg but far behind the front of the grid. While 2020 saw Ricciardo finish on the podium at the Eifel Grand Prix, Renault’s first since the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix, and the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the uptick in performance wasn’t enough to keep the Aussie at the team.

Despite talks with Ferrari about possibly taking over Vettel’s seat for the 2021 campaign, the Scuderia opted to sign Carlos Sainz, pushing Ricciardo to join McLaren where he will partner rising star Lando Norris.

Daniel Ricciardo behind the scenes

Ricciardo races with the number three on his car in honour of NASCAR Cup Series legend Dale Earnhardt, who passed away after a last-lap crash during the 2001 Daytona 500.