Perth native Daniel Ricciardo will take a pay cut to help Renault through the coronavirus pandemic.

Ricciardo, 30, is one of Formula One’s highest paid drivers, earning a reported $US25 million ($39m) a year.

“It’s a discussion we’ve already had. Daniel has already confirmed he is willing… I can confirm to you that he will reduce it,” team boss Cyril Abiteboul told French newspaper L’Equipe.

He was also asked if Ricciardo’s pay could create an image problem, Abiteboul said: “The problem would have been if he had not accepted the idea.”

Details were still being finalised.

But here’s the rub – Ricciardo had only last year come aboard with Renault from Red Bull and his contract runs to the end of 2020.

Considering the F1 season is yet to kick off, if at all, there’s talk that Renault could end up having to pay a huge sum to Ricciardo for hardly any return.

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“In a normal season, we would have started work on the matter,” said Abiteboul.

“We would have evaluated Daniel’s performance over the first four races and started or not the first discussions.

“We may have to take decisions without the season starting.”

Meanwhile, check out some of Ricciardo’s hilarious vids from working on the family farm…  

 

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– with Sydney Morning Herald