June 6, 2023

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Renault F1 boss loses tattoo bet with Daniel Ricciardo

NÜRBURG, Germany — Daniel Ricciardo’s very first podium end for Renault comes with a unique reward. He receives to select a tattoo for his manager.

The Australian driver and Renault staff principal Cyril Abiteboul had a guess that Abiteboul would get a tattoo of Ricciardo’s alternative if he could end in the leading 3 of a race this year. Ricciardo managed it with a run to third in the Eifel Grand Prix on Sunday.

Abiteboul receives to select the place the tattoo goes — ruling out, he claimed, any ink on the facial area — but Ricciardo picks the layout.

Ricciardo claimed it will be “probably something to do with me, but with a German flavor” to replicate the race at the Nürburgring.

“I consider there’s heading to be a lot of brainstorming to do for Cyril’s tattoo,” Ricciardo claimed. “The very first just one is always a pleasurable just one.”

Ricciardo commenced strongly soon after qualifying sixth and was elevated into the leading 3 soon after auto issues for Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and McLaren’s Lando Norris. His consequence could have been even superior as he challenged Max Verstappen for next soon after a security auto restart.

It had been nine several years given that Renault concluded on the podium, with Nick Heidfeld in Malaysia.

The Renault name was out of F1 for four several years from 2012 by 2016 while the staff raced under the Lotus banner. Renault has struggled to make a mark soon after its return, but has improved this year and is in a 3-way struggle with Racing Place and McLaren for third location in the constructors’ championship. They’re all having benefit of alternatives opened up by Ferrari’s very poor campaign.

The Renault staff will be renamed Alpine for 2021 to promote Renault’s sports auto model, and Ricciardo will shift to McLaren. Two-time winner Fernando Alonso returns to F1 upcoming year and will companion Ricciardo’s recent teammate Esteban Ocon at Renault.

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