Daniel Ricciardo reminded another team manager not to bet against him, the former boss Cyril Abiteboul finally paying tribute to the Australian driver.
Abiteboul was Renault F1 Team general manager between 2014 and 2020, tasked with bringing the two-time world champions back to the top of the grid.
The French director pulled off a huge blow in 2019 when he hired eight-time race winner Daniel Ricciardo from Red Bull Racing to kick off Project Renault, but the team struggled to get in control.
Despite the poor form, Ricciardo made a bet with his former boss that he would have to get a tattoo if Ricciardo managed to put the car on the podium, which he did twice in the 2020 season.
Third places in Germany and Italy saw Abiteboul lose the bet, and he also lost his job when the team was renamed Alpine F1 for the 2021 season.
Nonetheless, Abiteboul stuck to his word, ultimately drawing inspiration from his former rider and his team.
Ricciardo coined the nickname “The Honey Badger” earlier in his Formula 1 career, taking inspiration from one of nature’s most aggressive animals.
Abiteboul chose to have the fierce mammal in his tribute tattoo, emerging from an arch that symbolizes the top half of the Renault logo.
Ricciardo uploaded images of the tattoo on YouTube to an incredibly nervous-looking Abiteboul who even had to phone his wife for permission.
But despite the drama, he’s not even the first F1 manager Ricciardo left a lifelong impression on.
After two years, Ricciardo left Renault to join McLaren for the 2021 season, and the Woking-based squad seemed revitalized with him and British star Lando Norris behind the wheel.
So much so that they got a mind-blowing double at Monza this year, and incredibly, McLaren remain the only team to have achieved the feat this season.
Ricciardo was in unstoppable form after sending his papaya rocket inside Max Verstappen on the first corner of the day, securing his first victory in 66 races.
McLaren boss Zak Brown was so thrilled with the feat that he too decided to anchor him, with a tattoo of Monza on his bicep.
Ricciardo is up there in the upper echelons when it comes to the greatest Formula 1 drivers who have never won a championship, but any team bosses keen to give him a chance in the future will surely have now doubts.
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