|Born||July 1, 1989||Nationality||Australian|
|Team||Toro Rosso||F1 Debut||Great Britain 2011|
|Career statistics to end 2012|
|Pole Position(s)||-||Fastest Lap(s)||-|
They say winners are grinners, but if it worked the other way around 23-year-old Dan would be in front all the time. His presence at his first home Grand Prix in 2012 made a major contribution to the feel-good factor around the whole race weekend and the West Australian has managed to keep smiling most of the time since then.
He finished only 18th, and last of the points-scoring drivers in the Championship with 10 points overall, but he achieved another significant coup.
Famous British Grand Prix annual Autocourse elevated Ricciardo to its coveted Top 10, which compatriot Mark Webber has graced for several years now, and Dan’s nomination gave the country its first-ever double entry in that elite group.
His 11 races with HRT in 2011 had yielded no points, but Ricciardo duly opened his account at Albert Park last year with a last-lap burst to ninth place.
He had to wait until round 12 in Belgium for his next two but his late-season pace improved markedly with five points-scoring places in the last nine rounds of the year.
Toro Rosso can be an unforgiving environment, so Ricciardo will need to be on his mettle right from the start of his second full year at the top.