Lewis Hamilton may have changed his tune when it comes to performing a post-race ‘shoey’ with Daniel Ricciardo, but he clearly still finds it disgusting.
Ricciardo was surprised to be joined by race winner Hamilton in a celebratory podium champagne 'shoey' after the Australian finished third in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
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The last time Ricciardo appeared on the podium - at the Nurburgring in Germany on October 11 - he forgot to perform his trademark gesture of drinking champagne from his sweaty boot.
That Eifel Grand Prix podium was his first for Renault, and first since 2018 when he was at Red Bull.
But after a second top three finish in three races, Ricciardo wasn’t about to let the shoey go by the wayside again.
And he was more than happy to share the love with Hamilton, who won the race to secure the constructors’ title for Mercedes.
“I was about to drink a beautiful fresh one and I heard Lewis saying ‘take your other shoe off’,” said Ricciardo.
“And I was like ‘No...’. Because honestly, I think it was three years ago on the podium he goes, ‘I'll never, ever do that, I'll never drink it. You can offer me, you can force me, I'll never do it.’ And he even asked for it today.
“So it took me by surprise, but 2020 is the year of the strange so it was good fun.”
Hamilton said it had tasted like “toe jam”, scrunching up his face as he drank from Ricciardo’s shoe.
“It definitely didn’t taste great,” added the Briton.
“I mean I don’t really like champagne as it is, but it definitely tastes worse.
“But what’s positive is that Daniel’s mum thinks I was a good sport, so I’m grateful for that.”
While a number of fans were overjoyed to see the shoey back in action, others were fairly grossed out by the unusual practice.
Renault boss not getting second tattoo
Ricciardo’s first podium for Renault also meant team boss Cyril Abiteboul would be acquiring a tattoo of the Australian’s choice after an agreement made last year.
COVID-19 lockdowns in Europe have so far prevented that from happening and Ricciardo said the Frenchman had been quick to state there would be no second inking.
“He actually just said: ‘Congrats, but I'm not getting a second tattoo’,” said Ricciardo.
“So maybe someone else in the team.”
The Australian, who joins McLaren at the end of the season, recognised that Sunday’s podium had fallen somewhat unexpectedly into his lap.
He had been fifth with 15 laps to go when Red Bull’s Max Verstappen crashed out of second place and the safety car was deployed.
Then Racing Point's Sergio Perez pitted from third, by which time Ricciardo was grinning.
“It's pretty surreal actually, the first one (podium) and to get two now in such close proximity. It's awesome,” he said.
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