Daniel Ricciardo: F1 ‘Shoey Celebration’ Was Meant to Be “a One-off Thing”

Published 04/09/2021, 4:25 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Daniel Ricciardo is no stranger to the podium and F1 fans know him for his iconic celebration, “The Shoey”. The first time the world got to see the celebration was at the German Grand Prix back in 2016, and it continued with many people emulating him, or even drinking from his boot.

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Recently, the racer opened up about and how proud he was when a “Sir” drank out of it and he wasn’t referring to his rival, Lewis Hamilton.

During his time at Renault, Ricciardo got on the podium twice, bringing back his post-race ceremony. He placed third in the German Grand Prix and just three weeks later came back to the podium at the Italian Grand Prix.

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Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 14, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

In an article by SquareMile, Ricciardo said, “I’m going to bring that up at some point! You know, I thought it would literally just be a one-off thing. I got the photo, sent it to my mates, cool; job done.”

“But I’m actually glad that it’s done what it’s done. I mean, to ever think I would have a Sir drink out of my shoe is pretty cool. I’m not talking about Lewis, I’m talking about Patrick Stewart,” Ricciardo concluded.

Zak Brown places a bet with Daniel Ricciardo

The 31-year-old had a bet with his old boss, Cyril Abiteboul, which was if he got the podium, Cyril would get a tattoo. Ricciardo kept his end of the deal and registered two podiums, but Abiteboul left the team before he could get inked.

Now with McLaren, Brown has made a deal with Ricciardo that if he gets on the podium, he will get the keys to Dale Earnhardt Sr’s 1984 Wrangler Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

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In his debut race for the Woking-based outfit, the Australian crossed the line in seventh place and scored six points. The next stop for the 2021 Formula One season is in Imola for the Italian Grand Prix. Can the Honey Badger get on that podium in his papaya overalls and get the keys to one of the most iconic cars in motorsport?

Furthermore, will we see more shoeys from the Australian F1 driver? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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