My Life As… A Formula One Driver – Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo has always had a passion for anything fast.

In his early days growing up in Perth he was addicted to riding his push-bike down hills at ridiculous speeds, leading to plenty of grazed knees.

Speed runs in the family

Ricciardo’s father, who was born in Italy, was a Raceway driver. Daniel still has fond memories of watching his first real hero in action. Inspired by his Dad, it wasn’t long before Daniel was racing his own cars.

“I started racing carts when I was nine years old. I had the bug.”

Daniel Ricciardo’s F1 career

Daniel Ricciardo had his first taste of F1 driving when he tested for Red Bull Racing back in 2009. He took to it with ease blitzing his fellow young drivers in trials. In 2012 he made his F1 Championship debut for Toro Rosso where he once again made a huge impression. In 2014 Ricciardo’s career went to the next level when he was announced as countryman Mark Webber’s replacement at Red Bull.

2016 would prove to be a massive year for the man they call the Honey Badger. He finished the year in 3rd position behind Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Despite some disastrous moments in Monaco and Spain (through no fault of his own), Ricciardo had seven podium finishes whilst pulling off his fourth career win in Malaysia.

In 2017 Daniel Ricciardo is perfectly poised to give the Formula One Championship a red-hot tilt. Stop one is Albert Park where Ricciardo is desperate to become the first Aussie to win the Australian Grand Prix on the Melbourne circuit.

The 2017 Australian Grand Prix

With the FIA making some key changes to rules and regulations, we’re going to see cars go at faster speeds than ever before, suiting Daniel perfectly.

On the eve of this year’s big event, we catch up with the hometown hero Daniel Ricciardo himself. Aiming to find out if we should expect a podium “shoey” at this year’s Australian Grand Prix.

We also chat with Craig Moca, the man in charge of the biggest show in town. Craig is the operation manager for the Australian F1 Grand Prix Corporation and gives us the lowdown on some of the changes he has made to this year’s Albert Park circuit.

Additional Information

Episode Length: 4:59 minutes
Sport: Formula One Racing
Producer: Michael Lynch
Executive Producer: Edris Toussaint
Production Company: More Than A Game Productions
Published on March 23, 2017

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