Daniel Ricciardo Reveals Gifting Hamilton ‘Something That’s More Meaningful Than Seven-World Titles’

Published 12/15/2020, 4:19 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and third placed Daniel Ricciardo of Renault drink out of shoes as they celebrate on the podium after the race Pool via Reuters/Luca Bruno


Daniel Ricciardo was one of many who bid farewell to their teams after the 2020 season finale at Abu Dhabi. Ricciardo joined Renault in a surprise move at the end of 2018.

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He had an underwhelming season with the Enstone-based team in 2018. However, the team showed some major improvements this season.

Ricciardo announced earlier this season that he will move to McLaren. He appeared as a special guest in a podcast, where he talked about his two-year stint at Renault and answered some questions from the listeners.

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – November 26, 2020 Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

One such question was, what does the Australian do with the boots he does the ‘shoey’ in? Does he keep them, maybe puts them in a trophy cabinet or does he wear them again after that?

He clarified, “What I do is, I air them out. After Imola, I drove back to Monaco that night. So Monday I just threw them on the terrace and air them out all day. I keep those as little trophies.”

Daniel Ricciardo reveals what he gave Lewis Hamilton

Daniel Ricciardo has enlisted several individuals in the famous shoey club. His latest club member was Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton had expressed earlier in his career that he would never do a shoey.

However, he surprised Ricciardo and everyone else when he celebrated with the Australian by doing a shoey at Imola.

“I actually, because Lewis did his first, signed the one that he drank out of and I gave it to him at the next race. So now he’s got something more meaningful than seven-world titles,” Riccardo hilariously said.

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2020 Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo during practice Giuseppe Cacace/Pool via REUTERS

Ricciardo had a horrible season with Renault in 2019, as he could only get to a P9 finish on the championship table. He had five DNF results and no podiums for the season. However, there was a significant improvement in 2020, registering only one DNF result and two podium finishes.

Ricciardo even clocked the fastest lap in Abu Dhabi in the last lap of the race. He had a much better finish in the standings. He finished P5 with just six points off Sergio Perez in P4.

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Ricciardo will join Lando Norris at Mclaren next season. We hope that the pair performs well for the team. However, we are sure that the two will form one of the most entertaining pairs in Formula 1 in recent times.

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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