“What a Poor Manager!” – Abiteboul Discloses What Prompted Daniel Ricciardo Tattoo Wager

Published 12/01/2021, 7:41 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – October 23, 2020 Renault Sport F1 Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul wearing a face mask FIA/Handout via REUTERS

It has finally happened- Cyril Abiteboul has finally gotten his tattoo. The perfect ode to Daniel Ricciardo and his podium with Renault. However, the long journey to this moment has been a regrettable one for the Frenchman.

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The tattoo was a divided Renault logo with a Honey Badger under it. Although happy with the end product, Cyril explained how he got there in the first place. Shocked by his own behavior, Cyril said, “You are the manager of the team and you bet against yourself! What a poor manager are you!”

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Remembering why he placed the bet, the boss got the conversation started. “I remember the tattoo discussion came because Daniel was coming out of a new tattoo. And we had a discussion about the thinking process, and did you lose a bet; that’s sort of when the bad idea came about.”

As a cheeky smile found its way to Ricciardo’s face, Abiteboul went on. “The discussion on if we do a podium…” Abiteboul explained how a simple statement on the Aussie’s part on him getting a tattoo set the scene for a wager.

Cyril ended defeatedly: “To negotiate a driver’s contract in comparison, is easy.”

Looking back at Daniel Ricciardo & Cyril Abiteboul

The team boss and his driver had a great bond. In fact, no one was more heartbroken when Abiteboul received the news of Danny’s exit. In a dramatic episode of Drive to survive, we get a glimpse of this strain.

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Abiteboul dramatically opened the episode“We need to be in a position for podiums and then fight for wins and then fight for championships–but Daniel has put a stop to all of that.”

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)

However, the boss explained why he was upset. “What’s hurting the most is it’s not the long-term project I thought we signed up for… It’s immensely difficult, but it’s really important to leave the emotion on one side. With Daniel and myself, I don’t want to build bridges artificially.”

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Now, it looks like bridges have been more than mended as Ricciardo’s two podium finishes for the team must have been a good compensation. Further, with a tattoo to mark the friendship, it’s sunny again for the former Renault buddies.

Watch this story: Everything You Need to Know About Daniel Ricciardo’s Famous Tattoos

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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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