27 to 1: the definitive Daniel

It’s Daniel Ricciardo’s 27th birthday. So here’s 27 fast facts about the Red Bull star.

THIS STORY ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON REDBULL.COM.AU

It’s many happy returns for Daniel Ricciardo on July 1, as the Red Bull Racing star celebrates his 27th birthday. We’re celebrating too, by presenting 27 trivia titbits about F1’s affable Aussie.

27: At age 27, Ricciardo is the 10th-oldest driver on the 2016 F1 grid.

26: Car number of his fifth F1 teammate, Daniil Kvyat.

25: Points for each of his three F1 wins to date – Canada, Hungary and Belgium 2014.

24: Daniel has raced on 24 different circuits in his F1 career.

23: He raced with car number 23 for one Grand Prix only, in India for HRT in 2011.

22: His car number for his Grand Prix debut at Silverstone, 2011.

21: Daniel’s car number when he won the 2009 British Formula 3 title.

20: Daniel became the first Australian in 20 years (David Brabham, 1989) to win the British F3 crown.

19: Daniel’s car number for his second full season in F1, 2013 for Scuderia Toro Rosso.

18: His finishing position in the drivers’ championship in his first full season, 2012.

17: Car number of his first teammate at Toro Rosso in 2012, Jean-Eric Vergne.

16: There have been 16 drivers in F1 history with a surname starting with ‘V’; Ricciardo has been teammate to three of them (Vergne, Vettel, Verstappen).

15: Daniel was the fastest of the 15 drivers to participate in the 2010 post-season F1 rookie test in Abu Dhabi, setting a lap time 1.3 seconds faster than Sebastian Vettel’s pole lap at the Grand Prix three days earlier.

14: Daniel is the 14th Australian to start a world championship Formula One Grand Prix.

13: The number of top-10 finishes he managed in 50 Grands Prix before joining Red Bull Racing.

12: Points earned in each of four of the first five races this season, where he finished fourth four times.

11: Career F1 podium finishes, up to and including Monaco 2016.

10: Points earned in his first full F1 season, 2012.

9: The age Daniel started karting in his native Western Australia.

8: Eight other drivers have won the same number of Grands Prix (three) as Daniel, among them world champions Phil Hill and Mike Hawthorn, and the likes of Giancarlo Fisichella, Johnny Herbert and Heinz-Harald Frentzen.

7: Won his seventh Grand Prix with Red Bull Racing in Canada, 2014.

6: Daniel spent more laps in sixth place (196) than any other position in 2015.

5: Daniel has set the fastest lap of the race in five Grands Prix, most recently in Australia this year.

4: One of just four Australians to win a Grand Prix – Sir Jack Brabham, Alan Jones and Mark Webber are the others.

3: Ricciardo’s race number, inspired by NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt.

2: Points earned in his first F1 points finish, ninth in Australia 2012.

1: 1 July 1989 was when Daniel Ricciardo was born. Happy birthday, Honey Badger.

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