Despite a disappointing first year as a McLaren driver, Daniel Ricciardo took the team’s first victory in nine years at the Italian Grand Prix. Here’s Ricciardo’s 2021 Formula 1 season in statistics!
|% of teams’ points scored:||42%|
|Points Scoring Grands Prix:||13|
|Best finish:||1st (Italy)|
|Number of starts:||22|
|Number of non-finishes:||1|
|Number of finishes:||21|
|% of Laps Complete:||97.69%|
|Laps Raced in the Top 10:||807|
|Laps Raced in the Top 5:||317|
|Laps Raced in the Top 3:||59|
|Races gained positions in:||12|
|Races lost positions in:||5|
|Finished where started:||4|
|Best Qualifying Position:||3rd (Italy)|
|Worst Qualifying Position:||16th (Portugal, Turkey)|
|Average Qualifying Position:||9.59|
|Average Grid Position:||9.68|
|Beat team-mate in how many qualifying sectors:||16|
|Beaten by team-mate in how many qualifying sectors:||50|
|Average gap to team-mate per sector in qualifying:||+0.162s|
A STATISTIC FROM EVERY GRAND PRIX
2021 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX
On his eleventh appearance in Bahrain, and on his first F1 appearance with McLaren, Daniel Ricciardo maintained his record of never being out-qualified by his team-mate at the circuit. Ricciardo qualified in sixth place; McLaren’s best qualifying result in Bahrain since both drivers qualified in the top four in 2012.
2021 EMILIA ROMAGNA GRAND PRIX
Recording the same qualifying result as at the first race of the season, Daniel Ricciardo’s sixth place for McLaren was the team’s best qualifying result at Imola since Kimi Raikkonen’s pole position at the 2005 San Marino Grand Prix.
2021 PORTUGUESE GRAND PRIX
Daniel Ricciardo was the surprise elimination in Q1 at the Portuguese Grand Prix, recording McLaren’s first Q1 exit since the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix. It was Ricciardo’s first Q1 exit since the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix. He went on to finish in ninth place, becoming the first driver to score having started sixteenth on the grid since Romain Grosjean at the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix. Grosjean also finished ninth in that race.
2021 SPANISH GRAND PRIX
After out-qualifying his team-mate for the third time in four races at McLaren, Daniel Ricciardo finished in sixth place. Ricciardo scored points for a fifteenth consecutive race, equalling the second longest points-scoring streak of his Formula 1 career. It was the first time Ricciardo has scored at the Spanish Grand Prix since 2018.
2021 MONACO GRAND PRIX
Daniel Ricciardo’s twelfth place in the Monaco Grand Prix ended a fifteen-race streak of points-scoring appearances. He last failed to score at the 2020 Spanish Grand Prix. It was one of the 24 longest points-scoring streaks in F1 history, equalling his second-longest streak. 2021 is the first season in which Ricciardo has failed to score at the Monaco Grand Prix since 2013.
2021 AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX
After crashing out in Q2, Daniel Ricciardo qualified thirteenth. It marked his worst qualifying result at Baku City Circuit and his second consecutive Q2 exit at the circuit. The Australian finished the race in ninth place, marking the first time he has finished a race in Azerbaijan since his victory in 2017.
2021 FRENCH GRAND PRIX
Finishing in sixth place, Daniel Ricciardo equalled his best McLaren result so far. The Australian became the first driver to score from tenth on the grid at Circuit Paul Ricard since Keke Rosberg at the 1982 French Grand Prix.
2021 STYRIAN GRAND PRIX
Daniel Ricciardo finished the 2021 Styrian Grand Prix in thirteenth place, failing to score at the Red Bull Ring for the fourth time in the last five races at the circuit.
2021 AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX
Daniel Ricciardo qualified in thirteenth place for the third time in the last four races. This was the first time that Ricciardo has been out-qualified by his team-mate at five successive races since the 2018 season. Ricciardo finished the race in seventh place, recording his best result in Austria since his podium finish at the 2017 Austrian Grand Prix.
2021 BRITISH GRAND PRIX
Daniel Ricciardo was out-qualified by his team-mate at Silverstone for the first time since 2018. With sixth place in the F1 Sprint, Ricciardo equalled his best qualifying result of the season so far. In the race, Ricciardo finished in fifth place – his first top five result in a McLaren car.
2021 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX
Daniel Ricciardo’s eleventh place finish in the Hungarian Grand Prix means that he has failed to score on three of his last six appearances at the Hungaroring. The Australian was eliminated in Q2 – making this the fourth season in succession that he has failed to qualify in the top ten in Budapest.
2021 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX
Daniel Ricciardo recorded his best qualifying result and best race result of the 2021 season so far with fourth place. This was the second consecutive season in which Ricciardo has finished fourth at the Belgian Grand Prix. Ricciardo’s fourth place is McLaren’s best result at Spa since Jenson Button’s victory at the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix.
2021 DUTCH GRAND PRIX
Daniel Ricciardo failed to score at the Dutch Grand Prix, recording his second eleventh place finish in the last three races. In better news, the Australian reached Q3 and out-qualified his team-mate for the second consecutive race. It’s the first time he’s achieved those two feats at consecutive rounds since the Bahrain and Emilia Romagna Grands Prix.
2021 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX
Daniel Ricciardo ended McLaren’s 9-year wait for victory, winning the 2021 Italian Grand Prix. The Australian took the eighth victory of his Formula 1 career and became the 20th driver to win a Grand Prix with McLaren. This was Ricciardo’s first win since the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix. He equals Clay Regazzoni as the driver with the thirteenth longest gap between wins; a gap of 3 years, 3 months and 16 days. Ricciardo is the 39th different driver to win the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Monza’s third new winner in the last three years and the first Australian driver to win in the event’s 100 year history.
2021 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX
With fourth place, Daniel Ricciardo recorded his best ever Russian Grand Prix result. His previous best result here was fifth place, with Renault in 2020.
2021 TURKISH GRAND PRIX
At the Turkish Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo recorded his, and McLaren’s, second Q1 exit of the 2021 season. He equalled his worst qualifying result of the year with sixteenth place – which is also where he qualified for the Portuguese Grand Prix. Ricciardo went on to finish in thirteenth place. It was the first time a McLaren driver has failed to score in Turkey since 2009, when both cars finished outside of the points.
2021 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX
With fifth place, Daniel Ricciardo recorded his best United States Grand Prix result since his podium finish for Red Bull in 2016.
2021 MEXICO CITY GRAND PRIX
Daniel Ricciardo finished twelfth, failing to score in Mexico for the third time from his six appearances. His other two non-scores here were retirements, in 2017 and 2018.
2021 SAO PAULO GRAND PRIX
On the day that Daniel Ricciardo surpassed Nico Rosberg as the driver to have started the second-most consecutive Grands Prix (207), Ricciardo failed to finish for the first time since last year’s Styrian Grand Prix – ending the second-longest finishing streak in Formula 1 history (34).
2021 QATAR GRAND PRIX
Daniel Ricciardo failed to reach Q3 for a second consecutive race. He last failed to reach Q3 at two races in a row at the Styrian and Austrian Grands Prix. Ricciardo went on to finish only twelfth, failing to score for a third consecutive race. It’s his longest pointless streak since the 2019 Singapore, Russian and Japanese Grands Prix.
2021 SAUDI ARABIAN GRAND PRIX
Daniel Ricciardo failed to qualify in the top ten for the third race in a row. It’s the first time he’s failed to qualify in the top ten at three races in a row since the 2013 Korean, Japanese and Indian Grands Prix. Ricciardo went on to finish fifth, recording his first points finish since the United States Grand Prix. He’s now scored at six of the last twelve races – each one of those occasions being a top five finish. While team-mate Lando Norris has scored ten times in the same timeframe, only two of those finishes have been in the top five.
2021 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX
Daniel Ricciardo finished in twelfth place for the third time in the last five races. In qualifying, he was out-qualified by Lando Norris. It’s only the second time that Ricciardo has been out-qualified by his team-mate at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. The blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations, Motorsport Guides and WTF1. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.