The 32-year-old from Western Australia has been a fixture in F1 since 2011, racking up 210 Grand Prix starts for teams HRT, Toro Rosso, Red Bull, Renault and McLaren.
He will become the 15th most experienced driver in F1 history when he starts the 2022 season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix and is expected to become Australia’s most experienced F1 driver at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Spain from May, surpassing Mark Webber’s total of 215 starts.
Ricciardo, who claimed his eighth Grand Prix victory at Monza last year, currently ranks fourth among the most successful Australians in terms of F1 victories behind three-time world champion Jack Brabham (14), the world 1980 Alan Jones (12) and Webber (9).
Ricciardo was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for “significant service to motorsport as a competitor and ambassador, and to the community”.
The announcement of his appointment recognizes both his sporting achievements and his series of charitable affiliations, including Ricciardo’s Racers grassroots program run by Motorsport Australia.
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In an Instagram post, the McLaren driver wrote: “I’m just happy to fly the flag of Australia. I really appreciate the recognition. You can take the boy out of Oz but you can’t… haha way a big thank you to all.”
Ricciardo joins Webber, Brabham, Dakar motorcycling ace Toby Price – who received an Order of Australia (OAM) medal around this time last year – as well as Supercars legends Craig Lowndes, Mark Skaife and Peter Brock in the Order of Australia system.
Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren
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Joining Ricciardo on this year’s list were other sports stars such as tennis star Dylan Alcott, who was named Office of the Order of Australia (AO) and also named Australian of the Year, the basketball player Patty Mills (AM) and football player Sam Kerr (OAM).
Ricciardo was one of seven people included in the 2022 honors for motorsport-related reasons.
Terence Bracken and Leslie Power received OAMs for “service to the motorsport industry”, while Ian Tate received an OAM for “service to historic motorsport”.
Kay De Luca and the late Anthony De Luca were honored with OAMs for “service to auto clubs and the community”, with another OAM going to Ian Digby for “service to the community and the automotive industry”.