Daniel Ricciardo’s former boss finally delivers his infamous tattoo bet

When Australian Formula 1 champion Daniel Ricciardo joined Renault in 2019, he made a bet with the then boss. Cyril Abiteboul that if he managed to get on the podium, Abiteboul should get a tattoo. Ricciardo happened to have two podiums during his time with the France squad, winning third places in the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix and the 2020 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.

Ricciardo has since left Renault for McLaren – much to Abiteboul’s disappointment – but a bet is a bet. After much speculation that Cyril was not going to honor his deal with Danny Ric, the fiery Frenchman has finally put his money where his mouth is.

Just a few hours ago, Ricciardo shared a photo on his Instagram account Abiteboul in London tattoo parlor gets tattooed by well-known traditional style tattoo artist Jelle soos. While they haven’t shown us what tattooing is yet (teasing that a video is coming out later this week), it’s great to see Abiteboul deliver on the bet.

The terms of the bet were that Ricciardo could choose the tattoo design, but Abiteboul could choose the size and location. Looks like he chose to put it on his leg, but we wonder what Ricciardo chose for the design. A honey badger pattern? A Renault badge? Maybe Danny’s own face and iconic smile? We’ll just have to wait and see …

Ricciardo and Abiteboul together during the short stint of the first at Renault. Ricciardo left the ship for McLaren after only two years with the France team. Image: Yahoo France

Ricciardo himself has a lot of tattoos, as do his fellow F1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Räikkönen. Ricciardo actually got his very first tattoo, a ship sailing around the world and a lighthouse representing his home, in 2013, when he was about to do his training with Red Bull.

Looks like tattoo challenges are the new big thing in F1. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has challenged current Ricciardo boss Zak Brown of McLaren to get a tattoo – following a challenge from industry leaders by the Grand Prix Trust, an organization charity that helps support all those who have worked in F1 and who have suffered a lot once.

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Brown followed through on Wolff’s bet (much faster than Abiteboul, it must be said) with a tattoo that honors Ricciardo’s victory at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix: his first since the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix and the first for McLaren since the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Brown also made a bet with Ricciardo that if he got a podium he would let Ricciardo drive Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s 1984 Wrangler Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR (one of the many rare cars in Brown’s collection) – that the Australian got to do before the 2021 US Grand Prix after his triumph at Monza.

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