McLaren F1 Confirm Big News for Daniel Ricciardo Ahead of Austin GP

Published 10/16/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
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)


Daniel Ricciardo has made quite a name for himself, thanks to his entertaining antics in the paddock. He is also known as the person who stirs up some trouble for his bosses by making bets with them. Last year, he made a bet with his former team boss, Cyril Abiteboul. The bet said that if Ricciardo put Renault on the podium, Cyril would get a tattoo of Ricciardo’s choice. Sadly, Cyril has not yet followed up on his promise.

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But now, Ricciardo set up another bet with his new boss, Zak Brown – and he has won it too!

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Daniel Ricciardo and his wild bets

Zak has a fear of needles, so tattoos were out of the question. But one thing that Zak has is an enviable car collection. So, the new bet that Ricciardo chalked up was that if he gets a podium for McLaren, he gets to drive in a car that was raced by Ricciardo’s racing hero – Dale Earnheardt.

During the season opener at Bahrain, Zak Brown gifted Ricciardo a scaled-down model of Dale Earnhardt’s No 3 Chevrolet. Zak Brown happens to have the Dale Earnheart car in his insane collection. And he promised that if Ricciardo manages to secure a podium, he will give him an opportunity to drive the real car.

The McLaren team posted on social media a video capturing the moment when Zak gifted the model of the No 3 Chevrolet to Ricciardo, and Ricciardo was seen smiling ear to ear as he asked Zak if he could seriously keep the model.

Zak Brown is a man of his words

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Fast forward to now, Ricciardo has managed to gift McLaren not only a podium but their first-ever victory in 9 years when he performed much more than what was expected and led home a McLaren 1-2 with Lando Norris finishing P2.

MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 12: Race winner Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1, second-placed Lando Norris of Great Britain 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)

And Zak Brown has proved that he is a man of his word, as Mclaren posted the video of the bet again and tweeted “Remember this deal? It’s happening at the USGP

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Zak Brown retweeted the video with the caption “A deal is a deal.

So, it’s fixed now that Ricciardo will get to drive his idol’s No 3 Chevrolet, at the United States Grand Prix. But how will he fare in the Texas circuit? That’s something all Ricciardo fans will watch out for, as the season is coming to an end.

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Riddhi Mondal

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Riddhi Mondal is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having previously worked as a student reporter at The Statesman, she is an ardent follower of all things F1. A nerd through and through, the complicated physics that goes into the cars is what drew Riddhi to the sport.

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