Whilst growing up, Daniel Ricciardo idolised one of the greatest racing drivers of all time: Ayrton Senna. It was the exploits of “Beco” which influenced Daniel to get into karting at the age of nine. He then followed the path of many a future F1 driver by vying for positions and podiums, working his way up through the karting calendar, hoping to gain a place in a single seater car. Daniel’s chance came in 2005 when he entered the Australian Formula Ford series and, although driving an uncompetitive car, made enough of an impression to secure a scholarship for the following season’s Formula BMW Asia championship.
In 2011 Ricciardo’s F1 career really took off as he became the regular third driver for the Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso team. After putting in some impressive Friday practice appearances at season’s first eight GPs, it looked like he could take over from one of the current Toro Rosso drivers. However, it was instead announced he was to make his F1 race debut with HRT, who had signed a deal with Red Bull to help guide the driver to a potential future race seat with one of Red Bull’s own teams. That team turned out to be Toro Rosso, who signed him for 2012 when he made his debut as a fully-fledged F1 driver. Then, in September 2013, it was confirmed that Ricciardo will replace his compatriot Mark Webber, who is retiring from Formula One, at the end of the season. The world awaits what the young Australian will bring to the Infiniti Red Bull Racing table...
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