NÜRBURG, Germany — Daniel Ricciardo’s very first podium finish for Renault comes with a particular reward. He gets to select a tattoo for his boss.
The Australian driver and Renault group principal Cyril Abiteboul had a guess that Abiteboul would get a tattoo of Ricciardo’s choice if he could finish in the top rated three of a race this time. Ricciardo managed it with a operate to third in the Eifel Grand Prix on Sunday.
Abiteboul gets to select where by the tattoo goes — ruling out, he reported, any ink on the experience — but Ricciardo picks the structure.
Ricciardo reported it will be “probably some thing to do with me, but with a German flavor” to replicate the race at the Nürburgring.
“I imagine there is heading to be a large amount of brainstorming to do for Cyril’s tattoo,” Ricciardo reported. “The very first 1 is constantly a enjoyment 1.”
Ricciardo started strongly after qualifying sixth and was elevated into the top rated three after car complications for Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and McLaren’s Lando Norris. His consequence could have been even improved as he challenged Max Verstappen for second after a protection car restart.
It had been nine yrs given that Renault completed on the podium, with Nick Heidfeld in Malaysia.
The Renault identify was out of F1 for 4 yrs from 2012 via 2016 though the group raced less than the Lotus banner. Renault has struggled to make a mark after its return, but has enhanced this time and is in a three-way battle with Racing Level and McLaren for third area in the constructors’ championship. They are all taking edge of options opened up by Ferrari’s inadequate marketing campaign.
The Renault group will be renamed Alpine for 2021 to promote Renault’s sports car brand name, and Ricciardo will shift to McLaren. Two-time winner Fernando Alonso returns to F1 future time and will spouse Ricciardo’s present-day teammate Esteban Ocon at Renault.