Abiteboul survives another race without a tattoo

Date published: August 10 2020

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One cannot hold it against Cyril Abiteboul if he is perhaps in two minds after wanting Daniel Ricciardo to bag a F1 podium.

But it has nothing to do with the Aussie leaving the team at the end of this season.

Instead Ricciardo has revealed that he and the Renault managing director made a bet at the start of 2018 that Abiteboul would have to get a tattoo of Ricciardo’s choosing if, or when, the Aussie scores a top-three result.

Finishing fourth at the British Grand Prix, Abiteboul alluded to the bet in his post-race comments.

“One position from losing the bet we made a year ago,” he told his driver on his cool down lap.

Speaking to Sky Sport’s pundit Jenson Button in the build up to the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, Ricciardo was asked what exactly the bet entails.

He explained: “It was if I get a podium, he has to get a tattoo. I feel I (should) get a tattoo as well. It’s like we both get tattoos.

“We made the bet at the beginning of last year.

“It was like ‘if we get a podium it will be awesome, let’s think of something we can do if we get a podium’.”

Asked if he gets to choose Abiteboul’s tattoo, Ricciardo said: “That was also the bet.

“I think I choose the tattoo, but I think he can choose the placement and the size.”

Abiteboul survived another race without needing to get a tattoo at the 70th Anniversary GP with Ricciardo outside the points after a ‘Seb spin’ cost him.

Should Ricciardo bag that top three result for Renault it will be a farewell gift as 2020 is his second and final season with the Enstone team.

The former Red Bull driver announced prior to the start of this season’s championship that he would be off to McLaren next season.

Ricciardo’s decision did not go down well with Abiteboul, who at the time questioned the driver’s loyalty.

Ricciardo admits it wasn’t an easy decision but concedes that unless a driver is heading to Mercedes, none of them are easy.

“They are never easy decisions,” he said. “Unless right now you are getting a Mercedes contract, it’s not an easy decision.

“Time will tell if it’s the right one or not. But it’s really the next phase of my career.

“I don’t want to say time is running out, but every year that passes now is getting more and more important and I need to put more emphasis on that.

“I can’t afford to, say, lose any more time.”

The 31-year-old will team up with Lando Norris next season in what should be a rather entertaining and competitive line up.

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