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Daniel Ricciardo

The lowdown on Daniel Ricciardo

Lee McKenzie's view

"Daniel Ricciardo is a wonderful personality. He's got a huge smile, a big heart and even more talent. 

"He's had a bit of a frustrating time recently not getting the results he wants at Red Bull and that frustration has only been heightened by the arrival of Max Verstappen. 

"Daniel needs to get some decent results this year to ensure that he remains as the team leader."


Red Bull’s smiling assassin, Daniel Ricciardo is the guy it’s impossible to dislike.

His cheery grim and affable nature belie the fact that deep down, the Aussie is one of the most dogged racers on the F1 grid.

Catapulted into F1 in 2011 with backmarkers HRT, it wasn’t long before he was racing for Toro Rosso, pegged alongside Jean-Eric Vergne.

The pair were closely matched for two seasons, before Ricciardo ultimately got the call to replace compatriot Mark Webber at the senior Red Bull squad for 2014.

Not happy to merely serve as a foil for Sebastian Vettel, Ricciardo arrived at Red Bull and won a stunning three times, sending the four-time champion running to Ferrari for 2015.

Now the undisputed team leader, 2015 was a disappointment for Ricciardo, as he failed to carry on his winning form.

Joined at Red Bull by Max Verstappen part way through 2016, it’ll be interesting to see how the Aussie responds to this new young pretender as a new F1 era dawns.