Madrid, 30th of June of 2011
Hispania Racing and Red Bull Racing signed a collaboration deal today which allows young Australian talent Daniel Ricciardo to join the Spanish team as its official driver.
The current Formula 1 World Champion team has shown trust in Hispania Racing’s project and has chosen José Ramón Carabante’s team as a support for the formation and development of its driver.
Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo, who was behind the steering-wheel in every first practice session of the eight grand prix up to now, will finally see his dream come true and become a Formula 1 race-driver starting from next week’s British Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo joins Narain Karthikeyan and Vitantonio Liuzzi as official drivers of the Spanish Formula 1 team, Hispania Racing.
José Ramón Carabante, Chairman of Hispania Racing: “This agreement is a reward for all the hard work Hispania Racing has shown since we started in Formula 1 last year. We’re proud that the Formula 1 World Champion team has trusted us in their effort of developing their drivers. Let’s hope that this is just the start of a fruitful relationship”.
Colin Kolles, Hispania Racing Team Principal: “I’m happy to welcome Daniel to the team; I’m glad the Team managed to conclude this deal together with Dr. Helmut Marko who deserves my personal respect".
Daniel Ricciardo: “It’s a dream come true for me – for the first time on an F1 starting grid! I had to pinch myself a couple of times to be sure that it’s real. I’m excited and can hardly wait to drive at Silverstone. It’s a new challenge, a new experience, a new team, but I’m ready and will give of my best in any event".
It’s a dream come true for me – for the first time on an F1 starting grid!
Born on the 1st of July of 1989 in Perth, Australia.
In 2008 he won his first title as a driver when he claimed the Formula Renault 2.0 Western European Cup. In 2009 he moved on to British Formula Three, driving for British outfit Carlin Motorsport. He would win this championship by 87 points.
From there he went to Formula Renault 3.5 where he raced for Tech 1. In the 2010 championship he finished only two points off the title which was won by Russian driver, Mikhail Aleshin.
In 2011, after testing for Red Bull Racing at the young drivers tests in Abu Dhabi, he was named as third driver for Scuderia Toro Rosso.