Australian said that bet has not yet been called because he wants to be present alongside the former team leader personally
(Daniel Ricciardo in Portugal / McLaren F1)
A part of the mystery has been solved! Daniel Ricciardo, in an interview with RaceFans.net revealed what the tattoo that former Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul will be doing to pay for the bet made last year. The Australian also told why this moment has not happened until today.
Betting a tattoo "in exchange" for a Ricciardo podium, Abiteboul found himself in pure air after the driver won third place in the Eiffel Grand Prix in October 2020. Since then, there has been much speculation about the design that would be transferred to the skin of the former French leader. In the agreement, Daniel was responsible for defining which design will be immortalized in Abiteboul's skin and just over six months after the podium, the current McLaren contractor revealed the chosen illustration.
- In the end, what I want to do is get a tattoo very similar to the traditional one, like a pair of hands shaking. This represents the agreement we made. It is just a traditional and cool tattoo. And my vision is to have the head of a honey badger, peering over the hands. So, just make sure that the deal was closed. - Explained Daniel.
The delay in paying the bet also has an explanation: Daniel Ricciardo wants to be present, live, the moment Cyril goes to the tattoo parlor. And, basically, the Australian is unable to find a gap in the calendar to meet the former boss. - With Cyril, it's basically just trying to be in the same place at the same time. I don't just want to tell him to get a tattoo and send me a photo, I want to be there, I want to organize and document it. I will pay for it. Pay in cash. - He emphasized the Australian. This year, the driver maintained the new tradition and also bet with McLaren CEO Zak Brown. This time, if Ricciardo makes it to the podium with the papaya team, Brown will let Daniel drive Dale Earnhardt's NASCAR he keeps in the garage.