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Daniel Ricciardo: The next Australian to achieve Formula One success

With a seat at Red Bull firmly within his sights, he could become only the fourth Aussie to take a race win and only the third to take a title.
Thursday, July 25, 2013

July 25th, 2013 (F1plus/B. Dixon).- There have been just a sprinkling of Australian drivers in Formula One, but from that sprinkling of just fourteen, four World Championships and thirty five wins have been achieved and celebrated with the most successful being Jack Brabham. Commanding the wheel of a Cooper, Brabham enjoyed back-to-back World Championship success in 1959 and 1960.

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At the end of the following year, Jack decided to leave Cooper and start up his own team. Big changes loomed for the 1966 season with engine size increasing to 3 litres, a change Brabham had the foresight to prepare for, while other teams were not quite so organised.
He reaped the reward of his canniness, bringing the car home to win four races that year to clinch his third World Championship. To this day he remains the only driver to have won a title in a car designed and manufactured by the man in the cockpit.

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Further Australian success was stalled until Alan Jones commandeered his Williams to World Championship victory in 1980. With the FW07- Ford proving competitive in 1979, Jones took four wins, but despite taking more victories than Jody Schekter and Gilles Villeneuve, seven retirements meant he came only third in the Championship. With better reliability the following year, Jones scored five victories in his FW 07B- Ford, taking the title ahead of Nelson Piquet. Rivalry between himself and team mate Carlos Reutemann hindered Jones’s hopes of taking two consecutive championships as the Argentinean refused to obey team orders to let Jones past at the 1981 Brazilian Grand Prix.

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Suffering similarly at the hands of a team mate for whom the words ‘team orders’ don’t feature in his vocabulary is Mark Webber. The only other Australian driver to have won a Formula One race, Webber has driven for Red Bull since 2007.

Originally partner to David Coulthard, Mark was joined by Red Bull Junior Sebastian Vettel in 2009, who graduated to the senior team following the Scots retirement at the end of 2008. Narrowly missing out on the title to Vettel in 2010, Webber has since had to endure number two status at the team, causing a fractious relationship between himself and Seb, that became unruly at this year’s Malaysian Grand Prix, when he, just as his countryman Alan Jones had thirty two years ago, watched his team mate ignore team orders to take the chequered flag in his place. And just as his countryman did thirty two years ago, Mark Webber will retire at the end of the season (Jones retired and then made few comebacks).

The announcement of the retirement of the third Australian to win a Grand prix paves the way for another to become the fourth. Aussie born Daniel Ricciardo, currently in his second year at Toro Rosso, always knew this would be the year to prove himself worthy of a seat at the senior team for 2014, and since the news broke he has shone on track, especially in qualifying. His performances were enough to earn him a half day outing in the Red Bull testing for Pirelli at the Young Driver’s test at Silverstone.

Alan Jones in Monaco 1981 (LAT Photo)

Mark Webber has nine victories so far in Formula 1 (Getty/Red Bull)

Daniel first tested for Red Bull Racing in December 2009. Achieving the fastest time of the test overall, he subsequently became test and reserve driver for both Red Bull and Toro Rosso in 2010. He was the only driver to represent the team at the young drivers test at the Yas Marinas circuit in Abu Dhabi where he put the previous week’s qualifying lap set by Sebastian Vettel in the shade by recording the overall fastest lap of the test.

Confirmation of his status as Toro Rosso test and reserve driver for 2011 together with fp1 appearances was his accolade. Completing fifty nine laps at Silverstone last week, he was third fastest, and despite an excursion into the gravel seemed positive about his efforts,

“It was my mistake really. lost the rear on the entry and was just probably pushing a little bit too hard.”
His reputable test sessions have so far met with reward regarding career progression; something he will be hoping continues in the form of a seat at the senior team. Comments made by Christian Horner to Sky Sports add fuel to his hope,

“It’s a perfect opportunity for us to slot Daniel in to the car just to have a look at him as a part of our decision making process for Mark’s replacement. This test fell fortuitously for us to put him in the car and have a look.”

He is clearly enjoying proving himself ready for a seat with Red Bull downplaying any possible pressure saying he is having fun. His endless positivity is endearing and he will make a worthy replacement for Mark, both in terms of being his Red Bull successor, and his countryman. If Red Bull makes the decision to give credibility to their young driver programme and choose him over Kimi Raikkonen, he will have the opportunity to be the next Australian to truly achieve success in Formula One. Daniel Ricciardo: Continuing to fly the flag for Australia.

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