Daniel Ricciardo Reveals Latest Tattoo Talks With Former F1 Boss at Monza

Published 10/02/2021, 9:38 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 spent two years at Renault before making a move to McLaren for the 2021 season. However, one of the most memorable things about the Australian’s stint with the French team was his bet with former boss, Cyril Abiteboul.

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The wager was that if Ricciardo scored a podium, Cyril would get a tattoo. And, as fate would have, Daniel did manage to score a podium in Germany last season. However, Abiteboul hasn’t gotten his tattoo yet, but Ricciardo hopes to get done before it becomes “old news.”

Daniel Ricciardo reveals emails regarding tattoo bet with former boss

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Daniel finished third in the Eifel Grand Prix last season, which means that he held up his part of the deal. However, the F1 community still wants Cyril to get his tattoo, and Ricciardo has revealed about having held talks with the former Renault boss.

As quoted by Motorsport, “I had an overwhelming number of emails, WhatsApp messages, and all of it, so I did see an email from him.”

IMOLA, ITALY – NOVEMBER 01: Third placed Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 celebrates on the podium with a shoey during the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on November 01, 2020 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“There was the topic of tattoos, so I’m still very optimistic we could get this done before the year’s out. Otherwise, it’s obviously going to drag on and become old news, so I’m determined to make it happen,” Ricciardo explained.

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Another bet that the Australian has won

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When Ricciardo joined McLaren this season, he placed a bet with his new boss, Zak Brown. It stated if Daniel achieved a podium, he would get to drive his idol, Dale Earnhardt’s car. Brown, on the other hand, would have to take part in Ricciardo’s shoey celebration.

As fate would have, Daniel won the Italian Grand Prix in Monza earlier this season. Zak was true to his word and took part in Ricciardo’s celebration on the podium. However, the McLaren boss still has to give the keys to the iconic car to Ricciardo.

MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 12: Race winner Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 and McLaren Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown celebrate on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 12, 2021 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Nevertheless, the world of motorsports will cherish the day when a driver of Ricciardo’s caliber will be behind the wheel of Earnhardt’s car. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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