“Helmut With a Face Tat” – Daniel Ricciardo Suggests a Face Tattoo for His Ex-Red Bull F1 Boss

Published 10/26/2021, 3:00 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)


In recent years, Daniel Ricciardo and podium wagers seem to have gone hand-in-hand. During his time at Renault (now Alpine), the Australian placed a bet with former team principal Cyril Abiteboul where the latter would get a tattoo should he achieve a podium finish.

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While he achieved that target last year, Abiteboul is yet to follow up. However, according to Ricciardo, a tentative date is close. In fact, the Honey Badger believes his current team principal, Zak Brown might have nudged the Frenchman in this direction. He also believed the Red Bull bosses could join in on the fun.

Daniel Ricciardo teases a face tattoo for Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko

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Although Red Bull are well in his professional past, Ricciardo won several podiums with the Austrian outfit. Hence, he thinks Christian Horner and Dr. Helmut Marko should join his tattoo bandwagon sometime in the future.

“I need to revisit Christian [Horner] and Helmut [Marko] to see if they’re interested as well, just go through the whole paddock,” joked Ricciardo. “What do you think of Helmut with a face tat? Do you think he could pull it off?”

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Despite a difficult start to life at McLaren, Ricciardo enjoyed a dream race in Monza. He claimed ended the British outfit’s 170-race winless streak with a stunning performance in the Temple of Speed. In the process, he also won a bet with Brown where he would drive his racing hero, Dale Earnhardt’s 1984 NASCAR in Austin this past weekend.

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 23, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo drives Dale Earnhardt Sr’s 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR around the circuit REUTERS/Brian Snyder

That same weekend, Brown also got fresh ink on his left arm depicting the Monza circuit to mark Ricciardo’s stunning victory.

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Initially, Ricciardo expressed disappointment for being in the dark about Brown’s tattoo idea. However, he later admitted Abiteboul will honor their bet, with a date likely to be between the Qatar and Saudi Arabian GPs.

He said, “Now Cyril is provisionally locked in. We’ve booked him in and it’s between Qatar and Saudi [Arabia] and unless something changes with schedules, it’s going to happen. We’ve been in touch recently.

“He’s very keen and I think after Zak getting it, he will be even more keen to make it happen. It’s happening. I’ll give him another nudge but he’s pretty keen for it.”

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While Ricciardo looks to achieve more success on track, there’s no doubt his wagers have put a few team principals in a tough spot. Whether he convinces his former bosses at Red Bull to follow suit, only time will tell.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 & US Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He began following F1 since 2010, which made him an instant Sebastian Vettel fan. His favorite tracks on the calendar include Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco and Monza.

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