A Second Australian in Formula 1

When Formula 1 action returns this weekend, Mark Webber will not be the only Australian in the race for a podium spot at Silverstone. West Australian 22 year old Daniel Ricciardo will be making his F1 debut for the Hispania Racing Team. He is effectively on loan by Red Bull to HRT as he is currently the practice/test driver and also the reserve driver for Red Bull Racing.

Ricciardo has performed well at the lower levels of Grand Prix racing, finishing 2nd in the 2010 Formula Renault 3.5 series, gaining a podium finish in eight of his 16 races, qualifying in pole position in five of those 16 and finishing first in four of those 16.

So far this year he is sitting 4th overall racing seven times for two firsts, two pole positions and finishing on the podium three times. A complete rundown of his lower level career is shown below:

Ricciardo appears set to follow the same path that current World Champion Sebastian Vettel has taken. RBR had Vettel begin as a test and reserve driver and was then given the race start with RBR’s second team Toro Rosso in 2007 and 2008. Vettel also made his debut as a stand-in driver for BMW-Sauber instead of Toro Rosso.

Ricciardo has already stated that while it is his first start in the big time race, he will be aiming to beat his teammate Tonio Liuzzi. It’s good to hear he is going to go out aggressively and take this opportunity thats been given to him. Let’s hope, however, that he doesn’t attempt to replicate any of Lewis Hamilton’s passing manoeuvres. Otherwise he will find himself on wrong side of his fellow racers before he has even properly begun his F1 career.

It’s great to see another Australian on the F1 scene and I hope he does well for himself. Even if it is rumoured that he could be taking over from Mark Webber at season’s end if Webber does indeed move away from RBR. It will give RBR a very young and a huge potential of talent in the drivers seats with 24 year-old Vettel and 22 year-old Ricciardo.

MV

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11 responses to “A Second Australian in Formula 1

  1. Hope Daniel goes really well this weekend! Hope that Vettel crashes on the last corner on Sunday and Webber wins!

  2. I like how it implies in the intro that Ricciardo will be in the running for a podium spot… Not a chance in hell.

  3. Thats what they said about Webber when he drove that Minardi and finished 5th, anything could happen.

  4. Been watching daniel for a while now on the live timing and for a ‘friday driver’ has been fast and stayed on the track and thought he would get a drive but not this soon. Hope he makes the most out of this opportunity

  5. Michael McKenzie

    He’ll beat Sebastian as soon as he’s with a decent team!

  6. I just hope that someone takes Vettel out big time, I don’t like the way he seems to be favoured so much by RBR. Webber always gets shafted by RBR, and I dont know why he puts up with it. I don’t blame him if he decides to leave RBR. On a different note, GOOD LUCk Daniel, I hope that he has a great race, and is able to get great experience for the future in F1.

  7. Ricciardo will put Hispania inside the top 20 for the first time in quali this season

  8. Hopefully Toro Rosso have a vacancy soon. Perhaps this is an initiation before Buemi is kicked to the kerb.

  9. As much talent as Daniel has, theres only so much that piece of trash HRT can do. Hopefully Daniel can at least get ahead of the Virgins and Lotuses.

  10. Craig K Powell

    watch out vettal!

  11. Thank goodness it’s Daniel NOT Garth “the pr*ck” Tander!!! Seeing as Tander thinks he is the best driver ever!!! Oh please!

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