Daniel Joseph Ricciardo Daniel Joseph Ricciardo, “Ricardo” was born July 1, 1989, in Perth, Western Australia. He is an Australian racing driver who is currently competing in Formula One for the Renault F1 Team. He entered Formula One as a test driver for Scuderia Toro Rosso and made his debut at the 2011 British Grand Prix with the HRT team as part of a deal with Red Bull. He then raced for Toro Rosso for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. After Mark Webber announced his retirement from Formula One, Ricciardo was confirmed as his replacement at Red Bull Racing for 2014. In his first season with Red Bull, Ricciardo finished third in the championship with his first three Formula One wins, in Canada, Hungary, and Belgium.

After two years without a victory, Ricciardo won the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix, eventually sealing third in the championship for the second time in three years at the 2016 Mexican Grand Prix. Ricciardo won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in 2017 and the Chinese and Monaco Grands Prix in 2018. During the 2018 summer break, it was announced that Ricciardo would be joining Renault on a 2-year contract for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. After two seasons at Renault, Ricciardo is due to move to McLaren as a replacement for Carlos Sainz Jr. for the 2021 and 2022 Formula One season.


Daniel Joseph Ricciardo was born on the 1 July 1989 (age 30)
Perth, Western Australia.
2020 team Renault (1)
Car number: 3
Entries: 171 starts.
Wins: 7
Podiums: 29.
Career points: 1040
Pole position: 3
Fastest laps: 13.

Family Background

Ricciardo is the son of Grace and Giuseppe “Joe” Ricciardo, and is of Italian descent. Joe was born in Ficarra but moved to Australia when he was seven. Meanwhile, his mother was born in Australia, but her parents were from Italy as well. Another member of the Daniel Ricciardo family is his sister named Michelle. It is also noteworthy that Joe Ricciardo also raced, particularly at the Barbagallo Raceway in Western Australia.

Growing up in Duncraig, one of Perth’s northern suburbs, Ricciardo’s earliest memories of motorsports are of being held by his mother to watch his father race at the nearby Barbagallo Raceway in Wanneroo.

Ricciardo pronounces his name “Ricardo” instead of the Italian pronunciation “Rit-chi-ardo”, saying that is how his family pronounces it. He has been nicknamed “the honey badger”. When asked why, he said, “It’s supposed to be the most fearless animal in the animal kingdom. When you look at it, he seems quite cute and cuddly, but as soon as someone crosses his territory in a way he doesn’t like, he turns into a bit of a savage and he’ll go after anything – tigers, pythons – he turns very quickly, but he’s a good guy. He wears an image of a honey badger on the back of his helmet.

Ricciardo supports the AFL’s West Coast Eagles and was the club’s number-one ticket holder in 2015 and 2016.

Early Life and Career


Those were the words of the ever-smiling Daniel Ricciardo as he reflected on his breakthrough 2014 season with Red Bull Racing – a season which saw the affable Australian not only win his first Grand Prix (and two more) but also leave four-time world champion teammate Sebastian Vettel trailing in his wake.

Formula Ford and Formula BMW

Born in Perth, Western Australia, Ricciardo started karting at the age of nine, as a member of the Tiger Kart Club (TKC) and entered numerous karting events. In 2005, he entered the Western Australian Formula Ford championship driving a 15-year-old Van Diemen, finishing eighth by season’s end. 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 aging car was uncompetitive as he finished 16th, 17th and retired during the weekend’s three races. The following year, however, he won a scholarship into the Formula BMW Asian championship with Eurasia Motorsport. During his début season, Ricciardo took two victories (both at Bira) and also achieved a pole position at Zhuhai. He finished third in the Drivers’ Championship with 231 points, 59 points behind the champion Earl Bamber.

In August that year, he was given an outing with Motaworld Racing to race at the eighth meeting of the Formula BMW UK 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 the fifth position, 14 seconds off winner Christian Vietoris.

Formula Renault

2007 saw Ricciardo 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 14 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.

Ricciardo 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 3 Euro Series team. Despite only a short amount of experience in the car, Ricciardo 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.

Ricciardo continued his partnership with Carlin, by heading to the Macau Grand Prix with the team. 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. He had competed with the team at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal in 2009 and was the teammate 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 but went on to take pole position for both races at the season-opening round of the 2010 season in Alcañiz, Spain. He finished third and second in the races respectively, to leave himself at the head of the championship standings.

Two weeks later, at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Ricciardo was relegated to last on the grid after being deemed to have hindered the laps of other drivers. In the next two races, he finished 13th and fifth respectively – coming 2nd in the latter until many of the front-runners were given penalties for infringing the parc ferme rules before the race.

One week later, in Monte Carlo, Ricciardo secured his third pole position of the season, finishing three-tenths of a second ahead of championship rival Stefano Coletti. He secured his first win at the following race, one place ahead of Coletti. Ricciardo went on to secure two more wins at the Hungaroring and at Hockenheim in commanding fashion

Following Ricciardo’s sixth pole from 12 races, Tech 1 team boss, Simon Abadie, praised his driver’s efforts greatly, saying “I am happy, and happy for Daniel because six poles in 12 races are good going,” and later stated his team’s ambitions for success, by telling Autosport correspondent Peter Mills, “I really hope Daniel wins the championship.”

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 1–3 December 2009. On the final day of testing, he 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. Red Bull Racing’s team manager Christian Horner suggested that Ricciardo may replace his 2010 World Series teammate Hartley as the team’s test and reserve driver. As it turned out, Ricciardo and Hartley were to share test and reserve duties for both Red Bull, and sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso until the latter was removed from the Red Bull Junior team.

HRT (2011)

On 30 June 2011, 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. Ricciardo made his Grand Prix debut at the 2011 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

However, on 22 October 2011, a few days before the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, the race where Karthikeyan was due to gain back his seat for his home race, HRT F1 announced that Vitantonio Liuzzi made way for Karthikeyan, allowing Ricciardo to race in India and extend his learning curve that Red Bull Racing paid the struggling Spanish team to do, as well as allowing Karthikeyan to race in front of his home fans. In Abu Dhabi, Ricciardo retired with mechanical problems after starting 20th on the grid and in the final race at the Brazilian Grand Prix, Ricciardo finished 20th after starting 22nd on the grid.

On 14 December 2011, it was confirmed that Ricciardo would drive for the Scuderia Toro Rosso for the 2012 season, alongside Frenchman Jean-Éric Vergne.

At the 2012 Australian Grand Prix on 18 March 2012, 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

In wet conditions in Malaysia, he finished 12th, after having been first to switch to slick tyres. [citation needed] In Bahrain he qualified sixth, but dropped back during the race and finished 15th. In Monaco, he suffered his only retirement of the season, after having started from 15th position.

On 31 October 2012, Toro Rosso announced the re-signing of Ricciardo for the 2013 season. Ricciardo out-scored his teammate Jean-Éric Vergne by seven points and out-qualified him in over 3/4 of the season. His impressive qualifying efforts of 30–7 against Vergne over their two years together help promote him to Toro Rosso senior team, Red Bull, replacing fellow countryman Mark Webber. Ricciardo finished 13th in the championship with 20 points.

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.

In the first race of the season, the Australian Grand Prix, Ricciardo qualified in second place behind Lewis Hamilton and completed the race in second place, despite pressure from rookie Kevin Magnussen in the final laps. Ricciardo was later disqualified, as his car was ruled to have exceeded the mandated hourly fuel flow rate limit. Had he not been disqualified; it would have marked the first time an Australian had made the podium at the Australian Grand Prix since the race became part of the World Championship. Infiniti Red Bull Racing filed an appeal against the disqualification which was rejected by the International Court of Appeal, the FIA decision being upheld.

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. By winning at the Canadian Grand Prix, Ricciardo became the fourth Australian to win a Grand Prix in Formula One, joining Jack Brabham, Alan Jones, and Mark Webber. His victory in Canada broke the chain of six Mercedes victories that marked the beginning of the 2014 season. Ricciardo impressed many by beating Vettel throughout the first half of the 2014 season, and after a clean and tight battle between Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso at the German Grand Prix, Alonso described Ricciardo as ‘unbelievable’ and “very, very smart, very respectful”.

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

In 2015, Red Bull slipped behind Ferrari and Williams in their efforts to take the title fight to Mercedes. The Red Bull cars were held back by the Renault power unit having been out-developed by Mercedes and Ferrari. The RB11 only showed pace is slow and twisty high downforce tracks or in rain, highlighting the car’s strong chassis.

Ricciardo achieved his first top-five finish in Monaco with the fifth and the fastest lap of the race. While tussling for second in Hungary with Nico Rosberg, his race-winning charge ground to a halt when the two clashed while hunting down Sebastian Vettel. Ricciardo managed to finish third behind his teammate. It was his first podium since the 2014 United States Grand Prix. He recorded his second podium of the season in Singapore where he finished second and recorded his third fastest lap of the season. Ricciardo finished the season with 92 points in eighth place in the championship, three points behind teammate Daniil Kvyat. He out-qualified Kvyat 14–5.

In a much more competitive Red Bull, Ricciardo began the season well, finishing 4th in both Australia and Bahrain and qualifying 2nd and then leading early on in the Chinese Grand Prix before suffering a tyre blowout and finishing in 4th again.

Ricciardo qualified third at the Spanish Grand Prix, and after the two Mercedes cars of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg crashed out on the first lap, he led the early stages of the race. After a remarkable strategy call by Ferrari resulting in a very short third stint for Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull decided to answer this by pitting Ricciardo again and cover Vettel, also going for the presumed faster three-stop strategy. This dropped him behind Vettel, new teammate Max Verstappen and Kimi Räikkönen on track, and after a few failed attempts at passing Vettel, a tyre blowout late on in the race meant that he finished fourth again, behind eventual winner Verstappen, and the Ferraris of Räikkönen and Vettel.

Ricciardo scored his first pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix, and led the early wet stages of the race. However, after a very long pitstop in which his team took nearly 40 seconds to ready a set of tyres he lost the race lead to Lewis Hamilton and finished the race in 2nd. Ricciardo was notably upset after the race result, saying: “Two weekends in a row I’ve been screwed now. It sucks. It hurts.”

Ricciardo returned to the podium in Hungary, finishing third, and in Germany, where he finished second. On the podium in Germany, Ricciardo performed a new celebration, where he drank champagne out of his shoe. He calls this celebration the Red Bull Racing. He repeated the celebration at the Belgian Grand Prix (where he came second again), this time persuading podium interviewer Mark Webber to also drink from the shoe.

Ricciardo qualified and finished second at the Singapore Grand Prix, after pushing eventual winner Rosberg hard near the end, a late strategy change pushing him to under half a second behind at the finish line.

Ricciardo qualified fourth at the Malaysian Grand Prix but moved up to second into turn one, after a collision between Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg. He then took the lead late on in the race when leader Lewis Hamilton retired with an engine failure. After fighting with his Red Bull teammate Verstappen, Ricciardo took his first victory of the season. He repeated his “shoey” celebration on the podium and was able to get team boss Christian Horner as well as podium sharers Verstappen and Rosberg to repeat the celebration. Ricciardo eventually sealed third in the Drivers’ Championship following a podium finish in Mexico. Other than Sergio Pérez, he is the only driver to have been classified in every race of the 2016 season. In fact, save for just two races in which Ricciardo equaled the previous year’s result, he improved on every other race result from 2015.

Renault (2019–2020)

On 3 August 2018, it was announced that Ricciardo had signed a two-year contract to drive for Renault. On 20 August, it was announced that Pierre Gasly from Toro Rosso would be his replacement at Red Bull.

Ricciardo’s teammate for the 2019 season was Nico Hülkenberg. Ricciardo had a poor start to the season with retirements in the first two races, from front wing damage in Australia and power failure in Bahrain. A 7th-place finish in China followed. In Azerbaijan, Ricciardo reversed into Daniil Kvyat when both cars stopped after an overtake attempt by Ricciardo, causing race-ending damage for both drivers and Ricciardo’s third retirement in four races. Six consecutive race finishes followed, including a strong 4th place in qualifying and 6th-place finish in Canada. Ricciardo then suffered an exhaust failure at the German Grand Prix.

At the Italian Grand Prix, Ricciardo finished in 4th place, his best result of the year. Teammate Hülkenberg finished in 5th, contributing to Renault’s best finish since the team returned to the sport in 2016. Ricciardo was involved in a first-lap collision in Russia, leading to his eventual retirement. He was initially classified 6th in Japan before both Renault cars were disqualified ten days later for using illegal driver aids. Three consecutive points finish followed, with strong 6th-place finishes in the United States and Brazil.

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

On 29 August 2019, it was announced that Hülkenberg would be replaced at Renault for the 2020 season, and that Ricciardo would partner former Force India driver and Mercedes reserve Esteban Ocon.

Net Worth and salary

Ricciardo debut in Formula One-year 2011. He drove for the team (HRT Formula 1 Team) for 11 races in the year zero points and finished at 27th place. He did a test drive for the F1 team (Scuderia Toro Rosso). Ricciardo rise to fame as F1 star in year 2014 after finishing third in drivers’ standings for Red Bull Racing. In the same year a website revealed Australian f1 driver net worth ($5 million).

Daniel Ricciardo signed a million-dollar deal with Red Bull racing for years. The earnings from the deal with Red Bull team increase the Daniel Ricciardo net worth bring his name among highest-paid athletes and drivers in Auto Racing.

Daniel Ricciardo Net Worth ($75 million): Many news sources claimed different net worth detail for the F1 driver. According to a public report about the richest 50 formula one driver he ranked 13th with $50 million net worth. Another famous magazine revealed about highest-paid drivers in formula one they have listed him at 5th place with earnings ($5 million) from endorsement deals

Daniel Ricciardo Basic Salary ($34 million): In 2019, Formula drivers’ salaries public. A news source claimed that Ricciardo earns (£26.9 million) a year. Another sports news in 2016 released the driver’s salaries according to that he gets paid ($15 million) a year. He currently listed 3rd Highest paid F1 drivers according to newly extended contracts.

All the financial information of Ricciardo career taken from trusted sources of Formula 1. The report made from the recent years’ public reports on Formula 1 drivers’ salaries and per race earnings. Earnings might be increased because drivers approached by the endorsement companies.