Cyril Abiteboul Confirms Daniel Ricciardo Tattoo Bet Still On

Published 05/07/2021, 4:53 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)


As a sports fan, there are hardly a few things more exciting than a hilarious, good-natured yet competitive wager. It is always interesting to see who comes out on top and whether the losing party holds up their end of the bargain. In Daniel Ricciardo and Cyril Abiteboul’s case, we lucked out as not only the charismatic Australian driver won the comical tattoo bet, but now his former boss has confirmed his intention to follow through with it.

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Last season, Ricciardo and Abiteboul shook hands on a deal – the latter will get an inking of the former’s choice, provided the former breaks Renault‘s podium drought.

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

Thankfully, at the 2020 Eifel GP, Ricciardo got an unlikely third place. It’s been more than six months since that, and we still don’t see any tattoo.

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Does this mean that Abiteboul is backing out? Apparently not.

“I am a man of my word and ready for any tattoo,” Abiteboul told RacingNews365.

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However, the Frenchman is slightly losing his sleep over the dimensions and designs after Ricciardo revealed his plans last week for a honey-badger-themed design.

He said, “I still get to choose size and location! As soon as the restrictions are waived! A bet is a bet! I may just ask for a right to edit the style of the beast!”

What’s the hold-up with Daniel Ricciardo & Cyril Abiteboul?

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Re-iterating the point on the time’s that elapsed since his podium, Ricciardo recently revealed the reason for not going ahead with the wager right now.

“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 organize it and document it. I’ll pay for it. I’ll get mate’s rates. Pay cash,” Ricciardo explained.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

It is good to hear that they still maintain this kind of relationship. It’s even motivated McLaren CEO, Zak Brown, to engage in similar frivolities with his star recruit. The Australian is really the type of personality that F1 needs and we can’t seem to have enough of him.

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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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