Earlier this yr, Ricciardo and Abiteboul laid down a wager that if the Australian completed on the System 1 podium this season then the pair of them would get matching tattoos.
The settlement was that whereas Abiteboul may select the situation and dimension of the tattoo, Ricciardo would get a free name when it comes to its design.
With Ricciardo having completed third on the latest Eifel Grand Prix, he has been considering up how finest to mash up a design that includes one thing about him plus the situation of the success.
Talking forward of this weekend’s Portuguese GP, Ricciardo mentioned that work was underneath strategy to finalise the tattoo, with him hoping it will probably get completed earlier than the ultimate triple header of the F1 season.
“I’ve obtained an artist engaged on two designs presently so we’re getting shut,” mentioned Ricciardo. “I’ve obtained to talk to Cyril concerning the logistics, however hopefully earlier than Bahrain, the final triple-header, we discover a window to get it completed.
“I do know I’m within the manufacturing unit then, so hopefully he may be round too.”
Ricciardo’s wager with Abiteboul has been again story to the season, and reveals how the connection between driver and staff has not been impacted by the Australian’s choice to go away for McLaren in 2021.
Though Ricciardo says he has no regrets about his transfer, he confesses that it might truly be factor in the long run if he’s not completely completely happy strolling out the door.
“I would like that unhappy to go away feeling,” he mentioned. “Once I introduced my transfer to McLaren I did not need to the following six months to be a painful or uncomfortable six months and, as you seen, it hasn’t been like that in any respect, it has been actually good.
“I believe either side have attacked it with a variety of maturity and, as you possibly can see now, there may be a variety of confidence so the connection has been cool.
“I’ve by no means seen somebody so excited to get, not solely the considered getting a tattoo, however now realizing he’s going to get one. It has truly been enjoyable and I need to depart this staff with everybody content material, completely happy and happy, feeling like we have had a strong two years.”