One storyline that is already had loads of protection in 2020 is the tattoo wager between Cyril Abiteboul and Daniel Ricciardo – and now that the Renault driver has scored his first podium with the team, at the Nurburgring, it’s time for the Staff Principal to honour his facet of the deal…
Earlier this season in Barcelona, Ricciardo revealed that he had made a wager together with his boss: if Ricciardo scored Renault’s first podium since their return to F1 in 2016, Abiteboul would get a tattoo of Ricciardo’s selecting. And the ‘honey badger’ mentioned he is already obtained a tattoo artist on the case.
“I’ve obtained an artist engaged on two designs at the moment, so yeah, we’re getting shut,” he mentioned forward of the Portuguese Grand Prix weekend.
With the Australian leaving Renault for McLaren on the finish of the season, it appears there’s solely a brief window to get Abiteboul beneath the needle.
I’ve by no means seen somebody so excited not solely [about] the considered getting a tattoo however now understanding he’s going to get one
“So I’ve obtained to talk to Cyril to see the logistics,” continued Ricciardo. “Hopefully earlier than Bahrain, the final type of triple-header, we discover a window to get it carried out. I do know I’m within the manufacturing unit then, so hopefully he is likely to be round too.
To Ricciardo, the tattoo wager will hopefully be a part of a heat farewell from the Enstone/Viry crew, for whom he has raced since the start of the 2019 season.
“I positively need that ‘unhappy to go away’ feeling, … after I introduced my transfer to McLaren, I didn’t need the following six months to be a painful or uncomfortable six months. As you’ve observed it hasn’t been like that in any respect; it’s been actually good.
“I feel each side have attacked it with a variety of maturity, and, I feel as you possibly can see now, a variety of confidence. So the connection’s been cool. I’ve by no means seen somebody so excited not solely [about] the considered getting a tattoo however now understanding he’s going to get one, it’s truly been enjoyable, and it’s how I wished it.
“I wish to depart this crew with everybody content material, blissful, happy, and feeling like we’ve fulfilled a stable two years.”
Ricciardo will associate Lando Norris at McLaren in 2021 whereas Fernando Alonso will make a sensational return to F1, taking his place at Renault alongside Esteban Ocon.