Daniel Ricciardo Reveals When Cyril Abiteboul’s Likely to Get his Tattoo

Published 12/10/2020, 10:50 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Earlier this season, Daniel Ricciardo and his team principal, Cyril Abiteboul, made a bet which the latter eventually ended up losing. What was the result? Well, Cyril will need to get a tattoo.

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As Ricciardo crossed the line in P3 at Eifel Grand Prix this season, the focus wasn’t really on Renault’s first podium in decades. Instead, it was on Cyril losing the bet and getting the tattoo.

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However, as the days progressed, the talks subsided and eventually turned died out. Well, finally, after a rather long wait, there is an update on when Cyril might be getting his tattoo done.

When is Cyril getting the tattoo?

During the Abu Dhabi press conference, the interviewer asked Ricciardo if he would be giving anything to Cyril as a “passing gift“.

Try and give a good result on the track,” Ricciardo replied with laughter. “Oh, the tattoo! I mean, he’s getting a tattoo. I’ll pay for that. So, yeah, I’ll buy him a tattoo which everyone is probably about to ask me for thnt question.

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)

Hopefully, January. Hopefully, January we can get it done.”

Looking into their bet, Ricciardo will design the tattoo for his team principal. The twist is that Cyril holds the upper hand in choosing where he wants to get that tattoo done. However, Ricciardo mentioned that he will convince the Frenchman in getting it done at a visible place.

Is Daniel Ricciardo the hidden treasure for Renault?

Prior to the Daniel Ricciardo signing, Renault were lurking at the bottom of the mid-field battle. The struggle was extremely evident. However, the Australian changed the mood entirely following his entry into the team.

Renault merely took time to improve their pace to an extent that they started dominating the midfield battle, and sometimes the front-runners as well.

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Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo celebrates with teammates after finishing the race in third place Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

Thus, it is fair to say that Ricciardo has done a splendid job for Renault, by providing them with timely podiums and keeping them in the race for the top 3 finish in the constructor’s table.

Although it looks a bit too far-fetched for Renault to finish in P3 following Racing Point’s incredible Sakhir GP, the France-based outfit have done applaudable work this season, consequently laying a strong foundation for a dominant 2021 season.

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Hence, both Renault and Ricciardo deserve a gift from each other before they part ways after this season.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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