Daniel Ricciardo’s first podium end for Renault comes with a particular bonus. He will get to decide on a tattoo for his boss.
The Australian driver and Renault staff principal Cyril Abiteboul had a guess that Abiteboul would get a tattoo of Ricciardo’s selection if he might end within the high three of a race this season. Ricciardo managed it with a run to 3rd within the Eifel Grand Prix on Sunday.
Abiteboul will get to decide on the place the tattoo goes — ruling out, he mentioned, any ink on the face — however Ricciardo picks the design.
Ricciardo mentioned it will likely be “in all probability one thing to do with me, however with a German flavour” to replicate the race on the Nürburgring.
“I feel there’s going to be loads of brainstorming to do for Cyril’s tattoo,” Ricciardo mentioned. “The primary one is all the time a enjoyable one.”
Ricciardo began strongly after qualifying sixth and was elevated into the highest three after automobile issues for Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and McLaren’s Lando Norris. His consequence might have been even higher as he challenged Max Verstappen for second after a security automobile restart.
It had been 9 years since Renault completed on the rostrum, with Nick Heidfeld in Malaysia.
The Renault identify was out of F1 for 4 years from 2012 by 2016 whereas the staff raced underneath the Lotus banner. Renault has struggled to make a mark after its return, however has improved this season and is in a three-way combat with Racing Level and McLaren for third place within the constructors’ championship. They’re all profiting from alternatives opened up by Ferrari’s poor marketing campaign.
The Renault staff will probably be renamed Alpine for 2021 to promote Renault’s sports activities automobile model, and Ricciardo will transfer to McLaren. Two-time champion Fernando Alonso returns to F1 subsequent season and can companion Ricciardo’s present teammate Esteban Ocon at Renault.