Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo capped his impressive form with a podium finish in the Eifel Grand Prix. The Australian has for long been a fan favorite, and many hoped he would leave Renault on a high with a podium. The man from the land down under did not disappoint.
There was another reason nearly every F1 fan wanted Ricciardo to pop the champagne. That reason was Cyril Abiteboul. More specifically, it had to do with Abiteboul being tattooed.
Prior to the start of the season, Ricciardo had revealed that he had struck a bet with the Renault boss. If he managed to notch a podium in 2020, Abiteboul would have to be inked.
Since last week, the Australian has been busy devising a meticulous plan to get Abiteboul inked. The deal is that Ricciardo gets to pick the kind of tattoo while Cyril gets to decide where he would get inked.
Today, at the drivers’ press conference ahead of Sunday’s race in Portugal, Ricciardo provided fans with an update. He said, “I’ve got an artist working on two (tattoo) designs currently. We’re getting close. “I’ve got to speak to Cyril about logistics. But hopefully before Bahrain, we find a window to get it done. There should be honey badger, let’s see how it works.”
The Renault driver currently sits in fourth place on the Drivers’ Championship table. With 78 points to his name, he has already bettered his last season’s tally by 24 points, in just half the amount of races.
Apart from his P3 finish in Germany, Ricciardo has finished P4 on three occasions. He has benefitted from Renault’s strong package that has improved as the season has gone on. With six races left, Daniel, being the hungry racer that he is, will definitely be targeting more success.
Ricciardo’s hot streak has seen him notch up 58 points from the last five races. He would want that to continue going into the Portuguese Grand Prix.
Getting another podium would be quite a task. However, seeing the pace that he has shown, it is very much possible.
Can the man from down under leave Renault for McLaren with two podiums under his belt? The world shall soon see.