Daniel Ricciardo won his first race to be the 105th grand Prix winner in Montreal. The 24-year-old was born in Perth, Australia and like many began in go-karting aged nine before moving into Formula Ford and then gained a scholarship into the Formula BMW Asian championship with Eurasia Motorsport.
In his debut year Ricciardo he took two victories and finished third in the championship then in 200 he moved up to Formula Renault competing in both European and Italian championships of the category, although mainly focused on the latter series as he entered fourteen races to the four entries he took in the European championship.
He them entered F3 mid-season in 2008 qualifying 8th and finishing 6th in his debut at the Nürburgring. He continued in 2009 as well as debuting in World Series by Renault championship, racing alongside Charles Pic. He won the F3 series also that year. He moved into the Formula Renault 3.5 Series but his dream could have been over because of a minor incident during a mountain bike exercise, forcing him to miss the second test.
His first taste of F1 came in a Red Bull following their championship win in Abu Dabhi in 2010 going faster than World Champion and future team-mates Sebastian Vettel’s qualifying lap the Saturday before. This earned him a place as a test and reserve driver for the 2011 season with Torro Rosso. But his debut came with a struggling HRT at Silverstone funded by Red Bull.
He moved into Torro Rosso in December alongside Jean-Éric Vergne. His first points soon followed in Melbourne finishing ninth. He remained with the team for two seasons before being promoted to Red Bull for 2014.
Ricciardo first race for Red Bull ended 2nd but ended in a court case after he was disqualified from the race due to a breaching fuel consumption rules. He had another bad race in Malaysia with him retiring from the race.
But, in a surprise turn the Australian won in Canada partly due to an ill Mercedes becoming the 105th grand Prix winner.
Daniel is a very cheeky and funny man. Dan is very good driver we saw it in Melbourne getting the car to third in the race. I do think he can be a great driver but I feel his dream maybe a bit unrealistic but never say never. I hope he does go far and he could make it if he gets very lucky