Daniel Ricciardo, Renault, Nurburgring, 2020

Ricciardo will hold Abiteboul to tattoo bet after breakthrough podium

2020 Eifel Grand Prix

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Daniel Ricciardo says his first podium for two-and-a-half years”feels like his first career podium all over again”.

He scored Renault’s first podium since their return to F1 as a full constructor four years ago. Ricciardo also confirmed he intends to hold team principal Cyril Abiteboul over a bet between the two over the constructor’s return to the rostrum.

Ricciardo finished third in the Eifel Grand Prix after passing Charles Leclerc early in the race, then holding off Sergio Perez over the final 11 laps following the Safety Car. It was his first podium appearance since winning the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix.

“It’s been a while,” says Ricciardo. “To be honest it feels like the first podium all over again. I think it’s been two-and-a-half years or something.

“The feeling is really nice. It’s fresh. Just so happy and obviously to see everyone as well, you know. We’ve all waited a long time for this. So I think everyone’s going to soak it up.”

Earlier this year Ricciardo made a bet with Abiteboul that the Renault team boss would get a tattoo if he recorded a podium finish this year. Ricciardo, who will choose the design of the tattoo, confirmed he expects Abiteboul to honour the bet.

“Yeah, so it’s real. It’s going to happen,” he said. “We’ll have to do some thinking now. Probably [it’ll be] something to do with me, but with a German flavour. This is obviously the place we did it, so a little tip of the hat to something traditional in Germany as well.”

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24 comments on “Ricciardo will hold Abiteboul to tattoo bet after breakthrough podium”

  1. It will be Horner’s face on the right cheek of his lower parts.

    1. That would be something.

    2. Something traditional in Germany… That’s it, Horner with the Pickelhaube on

      1. Morelikely ric’s shoe :)

  2. “Loyalty not required” is what it should say.

  3. Such a shame that Ferrari hired Vettel rather than Ricciardo. We could have had the best seasons in F1 with 2017, 2018 and 2019. Instead we had seasons that started well or looked to start well and then went out with a spinning fart.

    1. To be honest the Renault has improved massively.

      1. And he is delivering with it.

    2. That move would make too much sense for Ferrari

    3. Indeed, agree ricciardo would’ve been a lot better at ferrari those years.

  4. It will be a tattoo of Ric’s colourful helmet and the legend “honey badger don’t care!”

    1. Reversed across his forehead so every time he looks in a mirror he’ll be reminded…

      1. Its a bit of a shame Cyril gets to choose the spot if it was.

  5. But no shoey , shame.
    He said that he forgot it.

    1. He did it later on in the rooms !!! F1 did a couple of great tweets about it ..

    2. Shoey’s are for wins.

  6. Happy to see Danny Ric finally get his podium – probably the driver without one this season that deserved in the most. And perhaps just as importantly, glad that this tattoo issue will finally be resolved so Crofty doesn’t have to mention it in commentary every time Ricciardo has a sniff of a podium.

  7. Should be a RedBull logo, no doubt

  8. So happy for Danny Ric, much love from Perth!

    This has been coming, not a surprise. If Renault can push on from here with Ocon picking up more point, Renault have a very good shot at finish 3rd. They have been the most impressive best of the rest car in recent races, largely thanks to Danny Ric.

    Bring on Alonso!

  9. Great result for Ric and the team. But it must be super frustrating for him as it seems like the Renault has finally hit a turning point right when he steps off to a different team. A different team that’s gonna have a radical change to their car which may or may not have the same teething problems he just suffered through for the past few seasons.

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