Daniel Ricciardo Dismayed for Depriving Valtteri Bottas of Shoey Experience at Monza

Published 09/12/2021, 2:02 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo celebrates on the podium with after winning the race with second place McLaren’s Lando Norris, third place Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and McLaren CEO Zak Brown REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


It’s the return of the shoey! Monza saw the return of the iconic drink celebration as Daniel Ricciardo brought home a victory after three years. The ecstatic Australian stood proudly on the podium, and what ensued was the long-awaited patented Danny Ric celebration. As Ricciardo celebrated with his team on the podium, he may have forgotten Valtteri Bottas – something that made the former feel guilty later on.

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Lando Norris accompanied Ricciardo for the team’s first 1-2 finish this season. Accompanying them was Zak Brown on the constructors’ podium. As a result, it was a Papaya celebration all around as Daniel Ricciardo gave a shoey to both Norris and Brown; Bottas just looked on.

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Later, the Finn revealed he has never had a shoey before. Dismayed, Daniel Ricciardo felt guilty for allowing the Finn to dodge the opportunity. Additionally, he was shocked. Daniel said, “Come on man, you’re dating an Australian now!”

To which Bottas innocently replied, “We don’t have shoeys at home!”

It may be time to call up Tiffany Cromwell, because this has to change.

Although he may have missed out on the foot juice, Bottas had an unforgettable race. Starting from the bottom, Valtteri Bottas stood defiantly on the podium. A proud moment for the driver, for sure.

Daniel Ricciardo is back with the shoey

It was a stunning drive from the Australian at Monza. A great race ended with a well-deserved win and the renaissance of the shoey. Ricciardo can only describe the feeling as, “some form of high.”

Ricciardo was hungry for more after the qualifying; he was ready for the battle at sprint and now, he can go home with the trophy.

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Euphoric, Daniel said, “It’s awesome to be back in this position. I’ve obviously missed it, I’ve wanted it for so long…this year’s been up and down and I’ve wanted this so I tried to not let it go.”

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 Olympic 100m champion Italy’s Marcell Jacobs waves the checkered flag as McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo wins the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

And that’s what he did. After taking the lead at lights out, Daniel held tight to that race lead till the end. Good decisions from the team, the perfect pit stop and the enthralling pace did Ricciardo good.

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As the champagne-soaked Honey Badger makes his way to celebrate, we can only hope for more podium appearances and victories from Ricciardo. With this confidence boost, it’s eyes ahead for Sochi as the Russian GP awaits the circus.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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