WATCH: Daniel Ricciardo Finally Collects His Wager in Age-Old Bet With Former Renault F1 Boss

Published 11/29/2021, 9:25 AM EST
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)

It’s finally happening! Hold your horses, because Cyril Abiteboul will finally be getting his tattoo! In a recent Instagram post, Daniel Ricciardo looks on proudly as his former boss gets a tattoo on his leg.

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What do we know about it? It looks big and reading Daniel’s expression, it looks wicked. Ricciardo also teased a video coming out in two days: A bet’s a bet.” Cyril finally getting the long-awaited tattoo? Bring the popcorn out!

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The talk about the tattoo had come to light after Ricciardo’s current boss got a tattoo. Toto Wolff challenged McLaren’s Zak Brown to get a tattoo- one which Ricciardo oversaw. While Brown ended up with a meaningful outline of the Monza circuit, will Abiteboul be let off easily by the prankster?

Further, now having put two of his bosses under the needle, it’s time we turn our attention to Christian Horner. An ode to Monaco 2018, maybe?

What was Cyril Abiteboul’s bet with Daniel Ricciardo?

The former Renault boss and the Aussie shook hands over a hilarious bet: if Ricciardo put Renault in a podium position, Cyril would get a tattoo of the driver’s choice. And Daniel won gloriously; twice.

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While the team and the driver celebrated, the team principal was worried. But after Ricciardo’s move to McLaren this season, the wager had been delayed. Having placed P3 in the Nurburgring, Ricciardo has often hinted that the tattoo would be an ode to Germany.

Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – October 11, 2020 Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo celebrates on the podium after finishing in third place in the race Pool via REUTERS/Matthias Schrader

“We’ll have to do some thinking now but probably it will be something to do with me, but I think with a German flavor.” Ricciardo added“That is obviously the place we did it. A little tip of the hat to something traditional in Germany as well.”

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As we await the big reveal, Ricciardo is sure to make things difficult for his former boss. Will he go easy on good old Cyril?

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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