“He always wants to bet more,” said Ricciardo when asked in Baku about the bet. “But when he wants to bet more you know he already knows the answer.
“I’m not a gambling man, I don’t really bet, I don’t go in casinos. A thousand is not by choice, it’s a bit of peer pressure from Helmut.”
However Ricciardo revealed he later won his money back.
“We did another bet, actually, we did another one in Melbourne and I won it back. So we’re even. It was [on] qualifying. He thought they would be top three in qualifying and I thought they wouldn’t, and they weren’t so I got my money back.”
“I don’t want to bet with him any more,” Ricciardo added. “If our relationship’s like that it’s quite fun.”
The FIA International Sporting Code forbids competitors from placing bets on races they are involved in.
Article 17.1 states: “No person holding a Licence, a Super Licence or a Certificate of registration for the staff of Competitors entered in the FIA World Championships, and no staff member of the Organiser of a Competition registered on the International Sporting Calendar or on the national calendar of an ASN may, either directly or through an intermediary, place bets or gamble on a passage of play or a Competition, if they are involved in that Competition, in particular through taking part in or being connected in any way with it.”
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