Daniel Joseph Ricciardo is an Australian racing driver who is currently competing in Formula One for the Renault F1 team alongside Nico Hulkenberg. Daniel made his formula one debut for Infiniti Red Bull Racing in 2014 stepping in for Mark Webber who announced his retirement. He went to finish third in the drivers championship and also recorded three wins in a Mercedes dominated season, he was the only non- Mercedes driver to claim wins in that season.
Daniel has been a part of a family that associates with automobiles and racing. His father Joe had quite an impressive collection too and used to be a weekend track racing driver.
Ricciardo's racing career started at the age of nine in karting where he won several events before signing for Formula Ford in 2005 where he couldn't use much of his talent due to the old car which he was driving that couldn't keep up with the competition. However, he got signed into a scholarship program at the Formula BMW Asian Division where he could put his full potential to the test and eventually finished third that season, briefly after he was moved to the British division of Formula BMW where he finished fifth in 2006.
RP Motorsport signed Ricciardo for their Formula Renault team in 2007 where he entered the European division of motor racing. He started off in the Italian series and only ended up in the 7th place. He was retained by the team for 2008 season which proved quite successful for the Aussie in which he finished second behind Valtteri Bottas.
Mid 2008, Daniel was signed to drive in Formula Three mid season for Carlin Motorsport. He also became the first Australian after David Brabham (son of Sir Jack Brabham) where he won the title driving in a Volkswagen engine car coincidentally, shortly before he was signed by Tech 1 to drive in their Formula 3.5 with teammate Brendon Hartley. During this time, Ricciardo test drove for Red Bull Racing in December 2009 where he showed some impressive numbers and results. But Ricciardo couldn't drive for a brief period due to an accident he met with during a mountain biking trip which forced him out of the sport for about 6 months till about Mid 2010. He remained in the Formula 3.5 for 2011 with a different team ISR Racing for the duration of the season.
Daniel was confirmed as a reserve and test driver for Toro Rosso F1 for the 2011 season. He finished 16th in his home Grand Prix of Australia as in his F1 debut. But he was soon sent away to HRT so that he would replace Narain Karthikeyan for the rest of the 2011 season. December 2011, Toro Rosso announced that Daniel would be their second driver for they 2012 season with Jean-Eric Vergne. He finished 18th that season, just one place behind teammate Vergne. He remained at Toro Rosso for 2013 and finished 13th.
Daniel replaced fellow Aussie Mark Webber and joined Sebastian Vettel at the beginning of 2014. That marked the entry of Daniel into the World Championship with Red Bull. The Australian finished 4th in the drivers championship at the end of the first season with Red Bull Racing. He has remained with Red Bull ever since and has seen almost two teammates after Vettel left Red Bull Racing to join Scuderia Ferrari. Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen have joined after the departure of the german from the team. He finished 8th in the 2015 season behind his teammate Kvyat who finished 5th. Daniel managed to finish 3rd in the 2016 season and was supposed to remain with RBR for the 2017 season where he finished 5th in the drivers championship. He is currently 3rd in the standings and won 2 races this year already at Shanghai and Monaco with a track record to his name at Monte Carlo of 1:10:810
One quirky thing about Daniel is that he has a habit of drinking Champagne out of his shoe after winning every race that he does and his team engineer on the podium has to drink it as well! Dan enjoys mountain biking, driving his cars around mountains, working out, listening to music and dancing to classic songs during promotional events. Dan also says “Yes Boys!” after winning referring to his engineers and team technicians.