Daniel Ricciardo Latest on F1 Tattoo Bet With Cyril Abiteboul- “Maybe I have to Hold His Hand”

Published 06/26/2021, 4:25 AM 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)


Daniel Ricciardo had placed a bet with the ex-Renault boss, Cyril Abiteboul, during his time with the French team. The bet being, if he scored a podium, Abiteboul would have a tattoo done.

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The Australian kept his end of the bargain, as he achieved podium at the Nurburgring last season, by finishing third. However, Abiteboul was let go of by the French team at the start of the 2021 season. But Ricciardo has been in touch with the Frenchmen and is looking forward to getting him inked.

Daniel Ricciardo feels Cyril’s tattoo is worth the wait

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As quoted by Motorsport. total.com, Ricciardo said, “I was in contact with Cyril. And he still wants to have it done. So nobody has to worry.

“I would like to have it done in London because I know a couple of tattoo artists there. We’ll see that we can find a couple of times when we’re both in London. Then I’ll snap my fingers and it will happen.

Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Clive Rose

“I’ll definitely produce content. I think it’s worth the wait. But I definitely want to be there, regardless of whether or not with content.

“I want to see him and know how he feels when he gets his first tattoo. Maybe I have to hold his hand,” Ricciardo concluded. (Quotes translated from German using Google)

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Riccardo has kept a bet with his new boss at McLaren

After leaving Renault, the Honey Badger joined the Woking-based outfit at the start of the 2021 season. Zak Brown, the team’s CEO has already placed a wager with the 7-time Grand Prix winner, stating that he will get a chance to drive Dale Earnhardt Jr’s, 1984 Wrangler Chevrolet Monte Carlo, if he gets onto the top step this season.

Daniel thought what will he bring to the table if he gets the podium. That’s when Zak suggested “The Shoey”, Ricciardo’s iconic post-podium celebration.

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Ricciardo replied, “Done. The trophy and the boot you’ll drink from, you can keep it.”

However, Ricciardo is still finding his ropes at the Papaya team this season, as he has struggled to make an impact. But after being the second-fastest in FP2 yesterday at the Styrian Grand Prix, Ricciardo surely has his hopes up of getting back on the top step with his new team.

What are your predictions for the Australian at the Red Bull Ring this weekend? Will see the return of Ricciardo on the podium with his famous celebration? We will just have to wait for Sunday’s race and find out.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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