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Daniel Ricciardo

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

Career

Ricciardo started karting at the age of nine and entered numerous karting events since. In 2005, he entered the Australia Formula Ford championship where he entered three races, but failed to score a single point in any of them. The following year, however, he was won a scholarship into the Formula BMW Asian championship with Eurasia Motorsport. In the nineteen race 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.

2007 saw the Australia 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 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. During the mid–part of the 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. 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.

Ricciardo moved to the British Formula Three Championship for the 2009 season driving for Carlin Motorsport and currently leads the series after winning three of the first four races of the season.

Motor racing record

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
2005 Western Australian Formula Ford Privateer 3 0 0 74 8th
2006 Formula BMW Asia Eurasia Motorsport 19 1 2 231 3rd
Formula BMW UK Motaworld Racing 2 0 0 3 20th
2007 Formula Renault Italy Rp Motorsport 14 0 0 196 6th
Formula Renault Eurocup 4 0 0 0 NC
2008 Formula Renault WEC SG Formula 15 10 8 192 1st
Formula Renault Eurocup 18 5 7 136 2nd
Formula Three Euroseries 2 0 0 0 —†
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 NC
2009 British Formula Three Championship Carlin Motorsport 12 2 3 141* 1st*
World Series by Renault Tech 1 Racing 0 0 0 0* —*
  • * Season in progress. † - Ricciardo was ineligible to score points.

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