Daniel Ricciardo Renault F1 driver quotes and notes

Daniel Ricciardo Renault F1 driver quotes and notes

12.02.2020: DANIEL RICCIARDO Race Driver #3 Daniel Ricciardo enters his second season as a Renault F1 Team driver. In his first year wearing Renault colours, Daniel finished in points-scoring positions on eight sep

Race Driver #3

Daniel Ricciardo enters his second season as a Renault F1 Team driver. In his first year wearing Renault colours, Daniel finished in points-scoring positions on eight separate occasions, with a season high fourth place coming at the Italian Grand Prix. He secured ninth position in the 2019 Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship.

Daniel has an impressive Formula 1 resume, having seven wins, 29 podiums and three pole positions to his name. His journey to Formula 1 included four years of racing under Renault power across the junior categories in Formula Renault 2.0, World Series by Renault and Formula Renault 3.5, before making the step up to Formula 1 midway through the 2011 championship.

Key Details

Date of Birth: 1 July, 1989
Place of Birth: Perth, Australia
Nationality: Australian

Key Dates

Daniel secured ninth in the Drivers’ Championship in his first season racing as a Renault F1 Team driver. He delivered a season-best fourth place at the Italian Grand Prix and finished in the points at eight races throughout the season. 

Daniel finished sixth in the Drivers’ Championship after taking two race wins: the first at the Chinese Grand Prix, the second a famous triumph on the streets of Monaco.

Daniel was announced as a Renault F1 Team driver in August 2018 and made his debut at his home Grand Prix in Melbourne, Australia at the start of the 2019 season.

New chassis regulations were put in place ahead of the 2017 season, with Daniel finishing fifth in the Drivers’ Championship. He took one win after a frenetic race in Azerbaijan and eight more podiums followed. He finished just five points off fourth place in the championship.

Daniel was back on the pace after a frustrating season in 2015, ending third in the Drivers’ Championship. He took his fourth career victory in Malaysia and clinched a maiden pole position in Monaco. He finished second in the Principality and claimed a further six podiums.

In 2015 he finished the Championship in eighth place with two podium finishes: third place in Hungary and second in Singapore.

Daniel graduated to Red Bull Racing ahead of the 2014 Formula 1 season under Renault power. He took his first Formula 1 victory in Montréal, Canada. Two more wins would follow that season, Hungary and Belgium, with Daniel recording five more podiums to finish an impressive third in the Drivers’ Championship.

2011 – 2013
Daniel made his Formula 1 debut midway through the 2011 season at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone for HRT.

In 2012, Daniel, as a Red Bull Junior, joined sister team Toro Rosso and scored his first points at his home race in Australia in the opening round. He finished the season with 10 points. He again raced for Toro Rosso in 2013 with best finishes of seventh in China and Italy on the way to doubling his points tally set the year before.

Pre-Formula 1

After starting in karting, Daniel moved to single-seaters in 2005, racing in the Formula BMW series in 2006. 2007 saw Daniel switch to Renault-powered machinery for the first time in the Formula Renault Italy series and Eurocup as a wildcard.

He took his first championship title in 2008 in the Formula Renault WEC following eight wins from 15 starts and finished second in the Eurocup with six wins from 18 races. He won the British Formula 3 Championship a year later and in 2010 finished second in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, while also undertaking duties as Formula 1 Test Driver for Toro Rosso.


Grands Prix Started: 171
Pole Positions: 3
Podiums: 29
Wins: 7
Points: 1040
Average Points: 6.09
Fastest Laps: 13

Best Finish: 1st x7
Best Qualifying: 1st x3


What are you most looking forward to in your second season with Renault F1 Team?

I’m looking forward to blending into the team better on the back of having a full season behind us - so things are going to be easier in that sense. Once I’m in the car at pre-season testing in Barcelona, I’d imagine things will run quite smooth. I already know my engineer, what the targets are, what to work on and what the general car characteristics are like so that should mean we can hit the ground running. This all means that I can provide more immediate feedback, and therefore it’ll be easier to make those comparisons between the R.S.19 and R.S.20.

How much did you learn in your first season with Renault last year?

I learnt a lot about myself and obviously a lot about the team. One of the most important learnings for me was that it’s not just about having the smartest guy in the Formula 1 paddock - you need every individual across the team getting the most out of themselves. With the people I work closest with it’s about trying to find a way they work best, trying to help them being their best selves, and then also figuring out where I can perform the best on the day. I’ve enjoyed this experience so far and building something with Renault.

How has pre-season training been for you?

Winter training has been good, and I started earlier than anticipated, which is not like me because I do like to have some time off away from the sport. But after a short while recovering, I got a little restless and just wanted to start and get ready. There was something inside me that was just motivated and ready to go. In terms of my pre-season training, I’ve been alternating my routines in the gym and outdoors, and Michael, my trainer, has given me new exercises.

What goals have you set yourself for the 2020 FIA Formula 1 World Championship?

I have a few personal goals, but ultimately, I want to leave the race weekends feeling like I’ve completed the task at hand and given absolutely everything. It’s going to be important that I’ve applied my full attention and skill set, and not taken the easy route out.  

Obviously, you have a new team-mate in Esteban Ocon for this season, are you looking forward to working with him

I am looking forward to work with Esteban – it’s always exciting to come into a season with a new team-mate. It’s a chance to work with a new driver and develop that chemistry together, and ultimately push each other to be the best we can be. I think Esteban will bring a positive dynamic; he’s young and hungry. He missed out a season in Formula 1, so I think he’s going to be very keen to do well.

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12.02.2020 / MaP

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