Daniel Ricciardo’s had a shocking weekend so far by starting in 16th on the grid but hopefully the spoils of a 2020 victory with inspire him in Portugal.
Bottas takes pole position
Daniel Ricciardo has had a tough weekend so far.
The Portuguese Grand Prix is here with Aussie Daniel Ricciardo facing an up hill battle to even get in the points after a shocking qualifying result.
Ricciardo crashed out in Q1 to line up 16th in the race but will be looking to get more of his famous overtakes going and move through the field.
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It already appears to be a battle between Red Bull and Mercedes with the Black Arrows locking out the front row of the grid.
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Portuguese Grand Prix 2021 live: Valtteri Bottas starts on pole, Daniel Ricciardo 16th
Portuguese Grand Prix Starting Grid
Row 1: Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Row 2: Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
Row 3: Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) – Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
Row 4:Lando Norris (McLaren) – Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
Row 5: Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) – Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
Row 6: George Russell (Williams) – Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
Row 7: Fernando Alonso (Alpine) – Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
Row 8: Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) – Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
Row 9: Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) – Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
Row 10: Mick Schumacher (Haas) – Nikita Mazepin (Haas)
Ricciardo reveals win on 'dark' weekend
But while he's struggling ahead of his third race in McLaren, Ricciardo has received a reminder of his success, revealing his former boss, Cyril Abiteboul, will be getting his famous tattoo.
After Ricciardo had a nightmarish first season with Renault, the pair had a bet that if Ricciardo would get a podium with Renault, Abiteboul would get a tattoo of Ricciardo's choosing.
“So with Cyril, it’s basically just trying to be in the same place at the same time,” Ricciardo told RacingNews365.com in an interview.
“Because I don’t want to just tell him to go get a tattoo and send me a photo. I want to be there. I want to organise it all! And document it.
“I’ll pay for it. I’ll get mates rates!”
Ricciardo also revealed what it will be.
“So I mean, ultimately, what I want to do is get so very, like traditional tattoo is like a pair of hands, like shaking hands,” Ricciardo explained.
“So that kind of represents like the deal that we made. And it’s just a cool traditional tattoo.
“And then, kind of my vision is to have like a honey badger head, like peeking over. Just making sure that the deal got done!”
So while everything seems bleak right now, it could all get better real soon and Ricciardo could be in a Dale Earnhardt's NASCAR sooner rather than later.
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