Daniel Ricciardo, born July 1, 1989 in Perth, Western Australia, is an Australian racing driver who is currently competing in Formula One for Infiniti Red Bull Racing.
While growing up, Ricciardo idolized one of the greatest racing drivers of all time: Ayrton Senna. It was the exploits of “Beco” which influenced him 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.
Then, in September 2013, it was confirmed that Ricciardo would replace his compatriot Mark Webber, who has retired from Formula One.
In June 2014, Ricciardo achieved his ultimate goal by claiming his very first Formula One victory of his career at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.