F1 Daniel Ricciardo: The great Australian hope

Danel Ricciardo, Italian Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo, or Honey Badger, as he is fondly known in the pit lane, is currently the only Australian driver competing in F1. The West Australian has moved around in terms of teams to get a shot at winning the World Championship he craves, and he certainly has the talent to do it. But how did he get to where he is now, and can he one day become world champion? We are going to take a look at all that and more here.

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Daniel Ricciardo: route to Formula One

Daniel Ricciardo’s route to F1 was a little different to the average driver on the grid. Unlike many drivers within the sport, Ricciardo was forced to start his career well away from Europe’s big teams and the bright lights of Formula 1. He started racing Karts at the age of nine with mixed results, learning his trade the hard way, travelling around Australia trying to pick up points in an often less competitive machine (a story that seems to run through his career).

His first big move was into the Australian Formula Ford Championship in 2005 when he was only 15 years old. He was driving an old, and much slower Van Dimen, yet still managed to finish the season in 8th place. This is when heads started to turn.

Realising that he needed to get to Europe in order to get a shot at the dream of F1, he entered the Formula Renault Series in 2009, taking 8 pole positions in total in a landmark season. He won the Championship that year, and won the British Formula 3 Championship the year after. Daniel had finally arrived and he was getting the attention of some of the biggest names in the business.

Torro Rosso, Red Bull and first Grand Prix win

In 2009 during a Red Bull Racing young drivers test, Ricciardo was on the track in Jerez with a group of other young hopefuls trying to get the attention of F1 team manager, Christian Horner. On this day he managed to clock the quickest time, a full second quicker than anyone else who was out on the track. Horner snapped him up as the Red Bull team test driver, before giving him a proper F1 seat at Red Bull’s second team, Torro Rosso for the 2012 season.

Ricciardo cut his teeth at Torro Rosso, constantly outperforming his teammates and F1 qualifying high up the grid. This forced Horner to offer The Australian a drive for one of the big teams, replacing another Aussie, Mark Webber, partnering the then 4 times World Champion Sebastian Vettel for 2014.

A dream start with Red Bull

Incredibly, Daniel Ricciardo managed his first podium after a handful of races in Barcelona, finishing third. Proving it was no fluke he finished on the podium again in Monaco, before taking his maiden win in Canada. His impressive first season finished with 8 podiums in total, and 3 wins! He finished third in the championship behind only World Champ, Lewis Hamilton, and Nico Rosberg. Yes; in his first season, he had managed to finish ahead of Vettel.

The following season for the Red Bul in 2015 saw Daniel Ricciardo competing lower down the field, in large part because Red Bull had an uncompetitive car. But in 2016 the team bounced back, with Ricciardo and his new teammate, Max Verstappen, taking a victory each as well as a bag full of podiums.

20117 and 2018 were easily the two most difficult years for Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull. The car was struggling for pace and his young teammate started to out-qualify him on a regular basis and even finished ahead of him in the 2018 championship. This forced Daniel Ricciardo into a rethink, and he signed a contract with Red Bull’s fierce rivals, Renault.

Renault to McClaren

Daniel Ricciardo, World Championship

Daniel Ricciardo started his two year contract with Renault Formula One team during the 2019 season. It seemed like a marriage made in heaven at first, with Renault’s ambitions to win the constructors championship as well as the drivers championship shared by the Australian driver.

But things never really took off. In the 2019 season, Daniel Ricciardo never got onto the podium once, and many thought the decision to move to the French team was a backward step. 2020 didn’t fare much better, and Ricciardo decided to put the feelers out elsewhere. He signed a contract with McClaren for the 2020 season and ironically forced his way onto the podium twice with Renault at the back end of the year.

Daniel Ricciardo is currently now in the second year of his new chapter at McClaren and got his first and last win this year at the Italian Grand Prix (leading to jubilant scenes during the last lap). He sits behind teammate Lando Norris in the F1 standings, but things seem to be finally heading in the right direction.

Daniel Ricciardo net worth

Daniel Ricciardo has signed some lucrative contracts since his first race in F1. Although the exact amount of his annual salary is undisclosed, and due to the fact he is private about his personal life, it is difficult to know exactly how much he is worth. Daniel Ricciardo has an approximate net worth of $50 million (USD).

How to watch Daniel Ricciardo in F1

Each and every Formula One weekend is broadcast on Fox Sports (Fox Sports 506), in Australia. With Fox Sports you can watch every practice session, qualifying session and race live and on demand. There are several providers that allow you to access Fox Sports (Foxtel/Kayo Sports) on your home TV or with a mobile device. These options are all listed below, so there is no excuse to miss out when the next race gets underway.

Stream Formula One with Kayo

Kayo Sports streaming service gives you access to 14 dedicated sports channel including Fox Sports 506. This means that you can watch every Formula One Race Live or On Demand. You can check the service out for free with the Kayo 14 Day Trial offer for good measure. Kayo Sports is available for $25 (Basic plan, stream on two devices) or $35 (Premium Plan, stream on three devices) thereafter.

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Live Stream Formula One with Foxtel Now

The Foxtel Now streaming service also offer access to Fox Sports 506 via their Sports Pack. That means that you get access to F1 as well as everything else Fox Sports has to offer, including ESPN and beIN. The Foxtel Now 10 Day Trial offer is available to new customers. To get the Sports Pack ($29/month) you must first subscribe to the Essential Pack option ($25/month). This means that watching F1 and TV entertainment after your trial will cost a total of $53 per month.

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Watch Formula 1 Grand Prix with Telstra

Telstra customers can get great deals for watching both Kayo Sports and Foxtel Now, and therefore Formula 1. With the Telstra Kayo Offer, you can get a $10 per month reduction on Basic ($15/month) and Premium ($25/month) plans. The Foxtel Now Telstra offer gives you the first month for free, meaning you will only need to pay for the sports pack on top. Both of these options come as part of a 12-month contract which is ideal for the entire F1 season.

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When is Daniel Ricciardo racing next?

Here you can check out all the remaining live F1 races that Daniel Ricciardo will feature in for McClaren. Can he take another victory again this season?

22-24 OctoberUSA GPFoxtel / Kayo
29-31 OctoberMexico GPFoxtel / Kayo
12-14 NovemberBrazilian GPFoxtel / Kayo
19-21 NovemberTBCFoxtel / Kayo
26-28 NovemberSaudi Arabia GPFoxtel / Kayo
3-5 December Abu Dhabi GPFoxtel / Kayo

What to Watch after F1 Grand Prix

If you’re looking for something to watch after F1 on Kayo and Foxtel, there are over 50 live sports available at the touch of a button. These include Cricket, Soccer, Golf and more across channels from Fox Sports, ESPN and beIN. Check out what’s available to watch now with these providers below.

F1 Streaming devices

Looking for a great way to stream F1 at home? These sports streaming devices are perfect for just that, allowing you to stream all the action in High definition.


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