“A Honey Badger Head”: Daniel Ricciardo Reveals His Crazy Plans for Cyril Abiteboul’s Tattoo

Published 04/30/2021, 4:02 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 and Renault Sport F1 Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul share a joke at the livery launch of the Renault Sport Formula One Team RS20 during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Bryn Lennon – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


One of the talking points of the 2020 F1 season was the tattoo bet between Daniel Ricciardo and Cyril Abiteboul. The Australian, who held his end of the bargain by grabbing a Podium for Renault, now has to get his former boss under the inking machine. But what design does he have in his mind?

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Judging by Ricciardo‘s charismatic personality, we know that it is not going to be a conventional dragon tattoo. But, at the same time, he wants to keep it classy with his former Renault team boss. And for the first time, he’s divulged on the finer details of his masterpiece, which includes his favorite animal.

“Ultimately what I want to do is get a very like traditional tattoo, like a pair of shaking hands. That kind of represents like the deal that we made. It’s just a cool, traditional tattoo,” Ricciardo told RaceFans in an exclusive interview.

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“And then kind of my vision is to have like a honey badger head, peeking over the hands. So like just making sure that the deal got done. I’ve told like my friends, but I haven’t told you guys.”

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Abiteboul agreed to a tattoo on the condition that Ricciardo breaks Renault’s F1 Podium drought. To which the Australian duly obliged by taking third place at the Eifel GP in November last year. It’s been six months since then, during which Abiteboul has also left Renault. But since Ricciardo has confirmed that the tattoo bet is still on, we wonder what is causing the hold-up?

“With Cyril, it’s basically just trying to be in the same place at the same time. I don’t want to just tell him to go and get a tattoo and send me a photo, I want to be there, I want to organise it and document it. I’ll pay for it. I’ll get mate’s rates. Pay cash,” Ricciardo explained the reason for the delay.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Third placed Daniel Ricciardo of Renault drinks out of a shoe as race winner Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes pours champagne over his head on the podium after the race Pool via Reuters/Miguel Medina

Meanwhile, he’s continued his tradition of having a Podium bet with team bosses at McLaren. CEO Zak Brown has promised him a drive of Dale Earnhardt ’84 NASCAR should he get a Podium for McLaren. Let’s see if he can get win another bet or not.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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