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Renault F1 boss loses tattoo bet with Daniel Ricciardo

NÜRBURG, Germany — Daniel Ricciardo’s initial podium complete for Renault arrives with a unique bonus. He gets to pick a tattoo for his boss.

The Australian driver and Renault workforce principal Cyril Abiteboul had a wager that Abiteboul would get a tattoo of Ricciardo’s decision if he could complete in the top rated three of a race this period. Ricciardo managed it with a operate to third in the Eifel Grand Prix on Sunday.

Abiteboul gets to pick in which the tattoo goes — ruling out, he said, any ink on the experience — but Ricciardo picks the style and design.

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

“I believe there’s likely to be a whole lot of brainstorming to do for Cyril’s tattoo,” Ricciardo said. “The initial a single is generally a enjoyment a single.”

Ricciardo started off strongly following qualifying sixth and was elevated into the top rated three following car complications for Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and McLaren’s Lando Norris. His result could have been even superior as he challenged Max Verstappen for second following a protection car restart.

It had been nine decades because Renault completed on the podium, with Nick Heidfeld in Malaysia.

The Renault identify was out of F1 for four decades from 2012 by 2016 although the workforce raced under the Lotus banner. Renault has struggled to make a mark following its return, but has enhanced this period and is in a three-way combat with Racing Stage and McLaren for third put in the constructors’ championship. They are all taking advantage of opportunities opened up by Ferrari’s poor campaign.

The Renault workforce will be renamed Alpine for 2021 to publicize Renault’s athletics car brand, and Ricciardo will go to McLaren. Two-time winner Fernando Alonso returns to F1 subsequent period and will partner Ricciardo’s present teammate Esteban Ocon at Renault.

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