SPOTTED: Twitter Sleuths Speculate Daniel Ricciardo’s Hand in Zak Brown’s Revealing Tattoo

Published 10/23/2021, 3:22 PM EDT
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – MAY 23: McLaren Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown talks in the Team Principals Press Conference during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 23, 2019 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


In a teasing Twitter post by the McLaren F1 Racing team, Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren is seen getting a tattoo ahead of the US Grand Prix. Soon after the picture was released, Twitterati had a field day looking for clues to guess the tattoo on Zak’s arm. And now, many are speculating that McLaren debutant Daniel Ricciardo might be behind it all.

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Fans suspect Ricciardo forced his boss to get a new tattoo to commemorate his victory at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza a few weeks ago.

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Twitter sleuths find circuit clues for Zak Brown’s tattoo

McLaren’s photo, which has now got over 8,000 likes, shows their CEO wincing in pain. Right beside him, there is a tattoo artist focused on the tattoo he is drawing on Brown’s arm. In a very secretive tone, the caption read, “What’s happening here? New ink for [Zak Brown]. All will be revealed soon.” To add even more spice to the story, they left some emojis for the fans to obsess over.

Fans scuttled all over the internet to look for clues as to what Zak’s tattoo could be. And many of them chanced upon the story about Ricciardo making his previous boss, Cyril Abiteboul, promise to get a tattoo on bringing Renault a podium in the 2020 season. While Abiteboul is yet to act on that wish, it seems Brown has beaten him to the tattoo parlor.

Fans believe Ricciardo made Brown a similar deal—that he would have to get a tattoo once he won the team their first victory since 2012. They are backing up this fact by saying that, on zooming in on the picture, there is a stencil with the Monza circuit clearly visible on it.

Another fan revealed his assumption and even gave some details to back it up.

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McLaren is reaching new heights in the 2021 season with Daniel Ricciardo

Zak Brown surely has a lot to celebrate, as McLaren are enjoying their best year after a series of trial and errors with their car. At the moment, one of their drivers—Lando Norris is fourth in the drivers’ championship standing, ahead of stalwarts like Charles Leclerc, Sebastian Vettel, and Sergio Perez. McLaren themselves are leading the fight against Ferrari for the third position in the Constructors’ Championship table.

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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)

While Ricciardo was struggling in the first few races, he has gotten used to the reigns of his car now, and there’s no stopping him. He won the team’s first victory at Monza, and for that, Brown gave him his prized possession—a Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR around the Circuit of The Americas. Will Ricciardo achieve similar results in the US Grand Prix as well? That will only be revealed once Sunday comes around!

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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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