Daniel Ricciardo is an Australian racing driver who is currently competing in Formula One for Scuderia Toro Rosso. He won the British Formula Three Championship in 2009.
Ricciardo started karting at the age of nine and entered numerous karting events since. In 2005, he entered the Western Australian Formula Ford championship driving a 15-year-old Van Diemen, finishing eighth by season's end
Ricciardo made his track debut at the wheel of a Formula One car, when he tested for Red Bull Racing at the young drivers test at Circuito de Jerez over three days, from 1–3 December 2009. On the final day of testing he clocked the fastest time of the test by over a second. This placed him as the only driver to go into the 1:17 bracket.
Red Bull Racing's team manager Christian Horner suggested that Ricciardo may replace his 2010 World Series team-mate Hartley as the team's test and reserve driver.As it turned out, Ricciardo and Hartley were to share test and reserve duties for both Red Bull, and sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso
On 14 December 2011, it was confirmed that Ricciardo would drive for the Scuderia Toro Rosso for the 2012 season, alongside Frenchman Jean-Éric Vergne.
At the Australian Grand Prix on 18 March 2012, Ricciardo managed to overtake his team-mate Vergne late on the last lap to come home in ninth place, securing his first two World Championship points.In wet conditions in Malaysia he finished 12th, after having been first to switch to slick tyres.
In Bahrain he qualified sixth, but dropped back during the race and finished 15th. In the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix he suffered his only retirement of the season, after having started from 15th position.
On 31 October 2012, Toro Rosso announced the re-signing of Ricciardo for the 2013 season