Daniel Ricciardo has been shortlisted for one of Australia’s top annual sporting awards.

The Perth-born Red Bull Racing star has been the only driver capable of regularly taking the fight to the dominant Mercedes’ this year, claiming three outstanding wins in his maiden season for the Milton Keynes squad.

Ricciardo is nominated alongside Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning athletes Sally Pearson and Michael Shelley, Winter Olympics star Lydia Lassila, tennis ace Nick Kyrgios and cricket bowler Mitchell Johnson in being nominated for ‘The Don’, an award named in honour of the late cricketing legend, Sir Donald Bradman, which recognises the athlete who has most inspired the country in the past year.

The winner will be announced at the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Annual Induction and Awards dinner at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne on October 9.

Earlier this month, Ricciardo was awarded the Trofeo Lorenzo Bandini in recognition of his achievements over the previous 12 months.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.