A relationship that promised so much has come to an early end, with Daniel Ricciardo and McLaren to part ways at the end of the season.

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Daniel Joseph Ricciardo was born on 1 July 1989 in Perth, Western Australia, to Italian-Australian parents.

  • Name: Daniel Joseph Ricciardo
  • Nickname: The Honey Badger
  • Date of birth: 1 July 1989
  • Place of birth: Perth
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Age: 33 (as of August 2022)
  • Height: 1.75m
  • Weight: 64kg
  • Profession: Racing driver

His father, Giuseppe “Joe” Ricciardo, was born in Ficarra (Messina), but relocated to Australia with his family aged just seven.

Ricciardo’s mother, Grace was born in Australia, but had parents originally from Casignana (Calabria). Ricciardo also has a sister; Michelle.

Growing up in Duncraig, one of Perth’s northern suburbs, Ricciardo’s earliest memories of motorsports were of his father racing at the nearby Barbagallo Raceway in Wanneroo.

He attended high school at Newman College. He started karting at the age of 9.

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McLaren and Daniel Ricciardo have “mutually agreed” to terminate his contract one year early, meaning the eight-time race winner will depart at the end of the 2022 campaign.

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The Australian joined McLaren for 2021 on a three-year deal, racing alongside Lando Norris, and while he secured the team’s first win since 2012 at Monza last year – with Norris second – he has struggled to match his team mate’s very impressive pace.

On the eve of the Belgian Grand Prix, as Formula 1 returns from its summer break, Ricciardo and McLaren announced they would complete the final nine races of the year together before going their separate ways.

McLaren say they will announce who will partner Norris in 2023 “in due course”. Ricciardo will do the same regarding his own future plans, but suggested he’s keen to stay in F1.

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Ricciardo joined McLaren for the 2021 Formula One World Championship as a replacement for Carlos Sainz Jr. who had signed a multi-year deal with Ferrari.

He partnered with Lando Norris, who was retained by the team.

It is widely reported that McLaren’s decision to dump Ricciardo will cost them around $24 million, an amount which takes into consideration the Australian’s salary and possible earnings from performance bonuses.

The split paves the way for Piastri to take his compatriot’s place at Woking in 2023. McLaren said it will announce its next driver line-up “in the due course”.


In a surprising turn of events, Daniel Ricciardo has emerged as a contender as Mick Schumacher’s replacement at Haas for the 2023 F1 season.

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As per ESPN, the Australian was called by Haas team principal Guenther Steiner after the Hungarian GP last season.

Schumacher has not had a great first half of the ongoing season. He started disastrously with massive crashes in Saudi Arabia and Monaco.

The German has rebounded somewhat and is starting to perform better and gained more confidence.

The races in Silverstone and Austria were standout ones for him, as he was the faster driver than his teammate Kevin Magnussen.

By Rishabh

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