51 Facts About Daniel Ricciardo

1. Daniel Ricciardo 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.

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2. Daniel 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.

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3. In 2014, Daniel Ricciardo was promoted to Red Bull as a replacement for the retired Mark Webber alongside multiple time world champion Sebastian Vettel.

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4. Daniel Ricciardo obtained his first race win with McLaren at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix.

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5. Daniel Ricciardo is often referred to as "the honey badger" referencing his racing style, explaining how "It's supposed to be the most fearless animal in the animal kingdom.

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6. Daniel Ricciardo started karting at the age of nine, as a member of the Tiger Kart Club and entered numerous karting events.

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7. Towards the end of the season, Daniel 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.

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8. Daniel Ricciardo moved to the British Formula 3 Championship for the 2009 season driving for Carlin Motorsport.

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9. Daniel Ricciardo continued his partnership with Carlin, by heading to the Macau Grand Prix with the team.

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10. On 30 October 2009, Daniel Ricciardo was signed by Tech 1 to compete in the 2010 season.

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11. Daniel Ricciardo finished third and second in the races respectively, to leave himself at the head of the championship standings.

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12. Managing his 8th pole of the season, Daniel Ricciardo managed a lights-to-flag victory, setting the fastest lap and placing himself equal first with one race remaining.

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13. Finishing in that order, Daniel Ricciardo failed to secure the title in his debut year, losing out to Mikhail Aleshin by only two points.

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14. In 2011 Daniel Ricciardo raced for ISR Racing prior to his HRT call-up.

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15. Days after completing this session, Daniel 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.

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16. On 30 June 2011, Daniel 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.

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17. At the 2012 Australian Grand Prix on 18 March 2012, Daniel 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.

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18. Daniel 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.

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19. Daniel Ricciardo failed to finish in the Malaysian Grand Prix, 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.

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20. On 8 February 2015, during the third episode of series 22 of the popular British motoring television programme Top Gear, Daniel 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.

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21. Daniel Ricciardo achieved his first top-five finish in Monaco with fifth and the fastest lap of the race.

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22. Daniel Ricciardo recorded his second podium of the season in Singapore where he finished second and recorded his third fastest lap of the season.

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23. Daniel Ricciardo scored his first pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix, and led the early wet stages of the race.

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24. Daniel Ricciardo was notably upset after the race result, saying: "Two weekends in a row I've been screwed now.

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25. In fact, save for just two races in which Daniel Ricciardo equalled the previous year's result, he improved on every other race result from 2015.

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26. Daniel Ricciardo incurred a five-place grid penalty due to an unscheduled gearbox change as a result of the crash.

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27. At the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo was fighting for fourth with teammate Max Verstappen in the latter half of the race.

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28. At the 2018 Spanish Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth and set the track record, despite spinning under the virtual safety car.

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29. Daniel Ricciardo topped all three practice sessions before qualifying, breaking the lap record with each session.

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30. Daniel 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.

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31. At the Italian Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo finished in 4th place, his best result of the year.

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32. Daniel Ricciardo ended a relatively disappointing season for Renault in 9th place in the championship, with 54 points, ahead of teammate Hulkenberg.

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33. At the 2020 British Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo finished in 4th place, equaling his best result for Renault.

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34. 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 Daniel Ricciardo, leaving him to have to settle for 4th place.

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35. At the Russian Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo was fastest in the second qualifying segment, but only managed to qualify in 5th place.

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36. Daniel Ricciardo reached the podium a second time for Renault at the 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

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37. Daniel Ricciardo took the fastest lap of the race on the final lap.

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38. On Lap 4, Daniel Ricciardo was hit by Pierre Gasly and suffered floor damage to his car resulting in the loss of a considerable amount of downforce.

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39. At the Portuguese Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo started from 16th after being knocked out during Q1.

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40. At the French Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo finished in 6th position after losing to his teammate as a result of traffic issues during his pitstop.

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41. At the Austrian Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo finished 7th after starting 13th.

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42. Nonetheless, it was a weekend where Daniel Ricciardo was the quicker of the 2 McLaren drivers.

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43. At the start of the race, Daniel Ricciardo got a better start than polesitter Max Verstappen and took the lead into turn 1.

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44. Daniel Ricciardo 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 setting the fastest lap.

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45. At the Turkish Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo was knocked out in Q1 and took an engine penalty, starting at the back of the grid.

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46. At the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo ran in 8th place and challenged Pierre Gasly for seventh before he had to retire with a power issue, making it his first retirement of the season.

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47. At the Qatar Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo was knocked out in Q2, qualifying 14th, and could only manage 12th in the race after fuel issues hindered his opportunity to progress.

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48. Daniel Ricciardo ran in 4th after the second red flag, challenging Esteban Ocon for the podium position before he lost his 4th place to eventual third-place finisher Valtteri Bottas and settled for fifth place.

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49. At the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi, Daniel Ricciardo managed to qualify in 10th place.

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50. Daniel Ricciardo missed the final day of the 2022 pre-season test in Bahrain, due to a positive COVID-19 test on 11 March.

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51. At the Australian Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo managed to qualify in 7th place, and finished in 6th place behind his teammate Norris in his home Grand Prix.

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