WATCH: Daniel Ricciardo Finally Gets Redemption on His Joke After Five Years

Published 07/11/2021, 7:26 AM EDT
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – MAY 26: Pole position qualifier Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing smiles in the press conference after qualifying for the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 26, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

It’s a simple answer to who the joker on the grid is. Laughter is almost easily associated with McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo. The sport itself has had a lot of jokes piled up over the years, with Danny at the center of many of them. After finishing second at the German GP back in 2016, he sat down at the press conference, admittedly a little drunk.


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Before answering a question about his 100th race, Daniel looked at the journalist and exclaimed, “Top of the morning to ya, Graham!” in an unforgettable Irish accent. The journalist replied, “I’m Scottish,” before laughter broke out in the room.

A man known for redemptions, Daniel Ricciardo got another one recently. In a ‘Meet the Driver’ session, two Irish fans questioned Danny. Without hesitation, he excitedly said, “I’ve been waiting for this moment since 2016… “Top of the morning to ya!”


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Once again, the dialog exchange didn’t fail to make everyone laugh, in true Ricciardo fashion.

100th GP start for Daniel Ricciardo

The 2016 German GP was one to remember for Daniel. He made some tremendous overtakes at the Hockenheim and drove himself to the second step of the podium. Red Bull got a double podium and Ricciardo stood third on the driver’s championship.

The momentous occasion, though, was the debut of the iconic shoey.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Third-placed Daniel Ricciardo of Renault drinks out of a shoe as race winner Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes pours champagne over his head on the podium after the race Pool via Reuters/Miguel Medina

What ended up being the beginning of many celebrations saw its not-so-humble beginnings at the GP. Ricciardo also convinced celebrities like Gerard Butler, Mark Webber, and Patrick Stewart to drink out of his shoe.


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In the iconic post-race interview, Verstappen and Hamilton laughed about the shoey being the reason behind Ricciardo’s mishap. “A little too much champagne. That’s the problem – I think he’s drunk!” laughed Max.

Hamilton diagnosed, “I think it’s the champagne and the fruit juices. I don’t know, it’s toxic!”


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The mess of an interview has become one of the more memorable jokes associated with Ricciardo.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a shoey on the podium, or since we’ve seen Danny standing with Verstappen and Hamilton. Will he ever have a shoey in orange this year? One can only hope there’s redemption here as well.


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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.