Daniel Ricciardo is eyeing an even bigger bet with his new boss than the tattoo wager he had at Renault as he helped launch the new McLaren ahead of the 2021 season.
Ricciardo famously made a podium bet with his former Renault chief Cyril Abiteboul, which would see the Frenchman get a tattoo of his driver’s choosing.
Abiteboul, who has since left his role too, is yet to come through with his end of the promise but Ricciardo has his eyes on a much more expensive prize from his new boss Zak Brown.
“You will definitely know when I get it done with Cyril, unfortunately it hasn’t happened yet, but it will. We certainly left on the terms that there was some unfinished business and that business being the tattoo,” Ricciardo said. “I hope it does happen, sooner rather than later, but it will.
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“Actually, we were only a couple of hours ago having some lunch with Zak and he mentioned something about him hating needles, so I can’t see the tattoo thing happening with Zak but we’ll think of something else.
“I know he has got a pretty good car collection so maybe we can just bet one of those cars or something.”
Ricciardo is now part of the fifth Formula One team of his career and his third in four years as he continues his so far elusive hunt for a world championship.
McLaren are not expected to mount a serious challenge this season despite switching to Mercedes power units, but when the new rule changes arrive in 12 months Ricciardo believes they will be in the best position to take advantage of them at the front of the field.
“We don’t have a crystal ball, leaving Red Bull and leaving Renault, it’s what I feel is right. Do I know 100 per cent how it is going to turn out? No, I don’t,” Ricciardo said.
“But I certainly feel like McLaren have done the right things, particularly the last few years to set themselves up for these rules changes coming up in 2022.
“The next era of F1 has the ability to turn the field around a little bit and everything I have seen … up until now really excites me about where McLaren is heading.
“They are doing what it takes to now be a real contender in the championship.
“I see (Ayrton) Senna’s car downstairs and it’s wild, it’s wild to see it and be a part of it.”