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Daniel Ricciardo

Ricciardo in 2009.
Nationality  Australian
Date of birth 1 July 1989 (1989-07-01) (age 20)
Place of birth Perth (Australia)
2010 Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Debut season 2009
Current team Tech 1 Racing
Car no. 8
Starts 2
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Previous series
2005
2006
2006
2007
200708
2008
2008
2009
Western Australian Formula Ford
Formula BMW UK
Formula BMW Asia
FRenault Italy
FRenault Eurocup
FRenault WEC
Formula Three Euroseries
British Formula Three
Championship titles
2008
2009
Formula Renault 2.0 WEC
British Formula Three

Daniel Ricciardo (born 1 July 1989 in Perth, Western Australia) is an Australian racecar driver, currently the incumbent champion of the British Formula Three Championship.

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Career

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Formula Ford and Formula BMW

Ricciardo started karting at the age of nine and entered numerous karting events since. In 2005, he entered the Western Australian Formula Ford championship driving a 15-year-old Van Diemen, finishing eighth by season's end.[1] Towards the end of the season 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 ageing car was uncompetitive as he finished sixteenth, seventeenth and retired during the weekend's three races.[2] The following year, however, he won a scholarship into the Formula BMW Asian championship with Eurasia Motorsport. In the championship, the young Australian took two victories, both at Bira, and also scored a pole position at Zhuhai during his début season where he finished third in the Drivers' Championship with 231 points; 59 off the champion Earl Bamber.

In August that year he was given an outing with Motaworld Racing to race one of their Formula BMW cars at the eighth meeting of the British championship. Despite retiring from the first race, Ricciardo recovered to finish eighth in the second race and took three championship points in his only entry in the British championship. At the end of the year, he entered the Formula BMW World Final with Fortec Motorsport where he finished in fifth position, fourteen seconds off winner Christian Vietoris.

Formula Renault

2007 saw the Australian switch categories to Formula Renault with Rp Motorsport, entering the European and Italian championships of the category, although mainly focused on the latter series as he entered fourteen races to the four entries he took in the European championship. He finished the year seventh in the Italian series with 196 points and scoring a single podium at Valencia but failed to score a point in his handful of starts in the European races.

The Australian stayed in Formula Renault for a second year in 2008, entering the European and Western European championships. By the end of the year, the young driver took his first European title in the Western European Cup and finished second in the Eurocup to Finn Valtteri Bottas.

Formula Three

During the mid–part of the 2008 season, Ricciardo made his Formula Three début at the Nürburgring, entering SG Formula's Formula Three Euroseries team. Despite only a short amount of experience in the car the Australian qualified in eighth for the first race which later converted into sixth in the race after James Jakes and Christian Vietoris stalled on the grid.[3]

Ricciardo moved to the British Formula Three Championship for the 2009 season driving for Carlin Motorsport.[4] He also made his debut in the 3.5-litre World Series by Renault championship, racing alongside Charles Pic at Tech 1 Racing for the rounds at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal. He retired from the first race, before finishing fifteenth in the second. When he returned to Formula Three, he extended his championship lead to 45 points before returning to the Portuguese circuit. A win and a third in the British-registered cars, gave him an unassailable 64-point lead over Renger van der Zande with just 42 available. This meant that Ricciardo became the first Australian driver since David Brabham in 1989 to win the British F3 title. Just like Brabham, Ricciardo won the title in a car powered by a Volkswagen engine. Ricciardo finished the season on a high, taking both pole positions for the final round of the series, at Brands Hatch. He won the first race by fifteen seconds, and finished fourth (third in British-registered cars as Marcus Ericsson was running in the Invitational Class) in the season-ending race. His championship winning margin was 87 points as Walter Grubmüller overhauled his team-mate van der Zande, who was absent from the weekend due to a conflicting Euroseries race in Barcelona.

Ricciardo continued his partnership with Carlin, by heading to the Macau Grand Prix with the team.[5] Ricciardo quickly gathered pace at the circuit, being second fastest (and fastest rookie) behind Marcus Ericsson in first qualifying, before winding up in fifth place in second qualifying, setting the grid for the qualifying race. Following a sixth place in the qualifying race, Ricciardo was forced to retire on the first lap of the main race after hitting a wall at San Francisco. He continued with a puncture up the hill before hitting the wall at the Solitude Esses, and caused a circuit-blocking incident, which also took out seven of his rivals.

Formula Renault 3.5 Series

On 30 October 2009, Ricciardo was signed by Tech 1 to compete in the 2010 season.[6] He had competed with the team at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal in 2009, and will be team-mate to Brendon Hartley, another driver who drove for Tech 1 over the season.

Following a minor incident during a mountain bike exercise, Ricciardo was forced to miss the second test of the 2010 season.

Formula One

Ricciardo made his track debut at the wheel of a Formula One car, when he tested for Red Bull Racing at the young drivers test at Circuito de Jerez over three days, from December 1–3.[7] On the final day of testing, Daniel clocked the fastest time of the test by over a second. This placed him as the only driver to go into the 1:17 bracket.[8] Red Bull Racing's team manager Christian Horner has since suggested that Ricciardo may replace his 2010 World Series team-mate Hartley as the team's test and reserve driver.[9] As it turned out, Ricciardo and Hartley will share test and reserve duties for both Red Bull, and sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso.[10]

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2005 Australian Formula Ford Privateer 3 0 0  ? 0 74 8th
2006 Formula BMW Asia Eurasia Motorsport 19 2 3 3 12 231 3rd
Formula BMW UK Motaworld Racing 2 0 0 0 0 3 20th
Formula BMW World Final Fortec Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 5th
2007 Formula Renault 2.0 Italy RP Motorsport 14 0 0 0 1 196 6th
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 4 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2008 Formula Renault 2.0 WEC SG Formula 15 8 9 7 11 192 1st
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 18 6 5 5 7 136 2nd
Formula Three Euroseries 2 0 0 0 0 N/A NC†
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2009 British Formula Three Championship Carlin Motorsport 20 7 6 5 13 275 1st
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
Formula Renault 3.5 Series Tech 1 Racing 2 0 0 0 0 0 34th
Macau Grand Prix Carlin 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC

† - Ricciardo was ineligible to score points.

Complete Formula Renault 2.0 Italy results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 DC Points
2007 RP Motorsport VLL
1

6
VLL
2

30
VLL
1

4
VLL
2

8
SPA
1

5
SPA
2

Ret
VAL
1

4
VAL
2

4
MIS
1

12
MIS
2

12
MUG
1

4
MUG
2

4
MOZ
1

11
MOZ
2

9
6th 196

Complete Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 DC Points
2007 RP Motorsport ZOL
1
ZOL
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
DON
1
DON
2
MAG
1
MAG
2
EST
1

17
EST
2

15
CAT
1

33
CAT
2

Ret
NC† N/A
2008 SG Formula SPA
1

1
SPA
2

4
SIL
1

4
SIL
2

1
HUN
1

1
HUN
2

1
NÜR
1

3
NÜR
2

5
LMS
1

Ret
LMS
2

6
EST
1

1
EST
2

10
CAT
1

6
CAT
2

1
2nd 136

† - As Ricciardo was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points.

Complete Formula Renault 2.0 West European Cup results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Pos Pts
2008 SG Formula NOG
1

1
NOG
2

5
DIJ
1

1
DIJ
2

1
VAL
1

1
VAL
2

DSQ
LMS
1

1
EST
1

1
EST
2

2
SPA
1

2
SPA
2

1
MAG
1

6
MAG
2

4
CAT
1

1
CAT
1

2
1st 192

Complete Formula Three Euroseries results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2008 SG Formula Dallara F308/014 Mercedes HOC1
1

HOC1
2

MUG
1

MUG
2

PAU
1

PAU
2

NOR
1

NOR
2

ZAN
1

ZAN
2

NÜR
1

6
NÜR
2

15
BRH
1

BRH
2

CAT
1

CAT
2

LMS
1

LMS
2

HOC2
1

HOC2
2

NC† N/A

† - As Ricciardo was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points.

Complete British Formula Three results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
2009 Carlin Motorsport OUL
1

1
OUL
2

1
SIL1
1

5
SIL1
2

1
ROC
1

Ret
ROC
2

5
HOC
1

4
HOC
2

8
SNE
1

2
SNE
2

2
DON
1

3
DON
2

5
SPA
1

1
SPA
2

2
SIL2
1

1
SIL2
2

3
ALG
1

3
ALG
2

5
BRH
1

1
BRH
2

4
1st 275

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2009 Tech 1 Racing CAT
SPR
CAT
FEA
SPA
SPR
SPA
FEA
MON
FEA
HUN
SPR
HUN
FEA
SIL
SPR
SIL
FEA
BUG
SPR
BUG
FEA
ALG
SPR

Ret
ALG
FEA

15
NÜR
SPR
NÜR
FEA
ALC
SPR
ALC
FEA
34th 0

References

  1. ^ "2005 Western Australian Formula Ford Championship Final Pointscore". formulaford1600.com.au. Australian Formula Ford State Racing. http://www.formulaford1600.com.au/ARCHIVES/State/wa/2005wa.htm. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  2. ^ "Betta Electrical Sandown 500 - Rd 9 2005 V8 Supercar Series Sandown International Motor Raceway 2005 Australian Formula Ford Championship Qualifying". National Software. AVESCO; Melbourne University Car Club Inc.. 2005-09-10. http://www.natsoft.com.au/cgi-bin/results.cgi?11/09/2005.SAN.Q1. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  3. ^ English, Steven (July 2008). "Hülkenberg is 'Ring Leader". Autosport 193 (5): 58–59. 
  4. ^ "Carlin confirms Red Bull duo". crash.net. 2009-01-02. http://www.crash.net/f3/News/32333/1/carlin_confirms_red_bull_duo.html. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  5. ^ "West Australian Daniel Ricciardo expected to make major moves pre-Christmas". news.com.au. 2009-09-26. http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,26130225-5005401,00.html. Retrieved 2009-10-09. 
  6. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (2009-10-30). "Ricciardo joins Hartley at Tech 1". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/79847. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  7. ^ Beer, Matt; Noble, Jonathan (2009-11-09). "Red Bull to give Ricciardo first F1 test". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/80105. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  8. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (2009-12-03). "Ricciardo ends Jerez test on top". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/80428. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  9. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (2009-12-02). "Ricciardo eyes Red Bull test role". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/80398. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  10. ^ Noble, Jonathan (2010-01-26). "Ricciardo, Hartley to be Red Bull reserves". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/81063. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jules Bianchi
(French Championship)
Formula Renault 2.0 WEC
Champion

2008
Succeeded by
Albert Costa
Preceded by
Jaime Alguersuari
British Formula Three
Champion

2009
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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