WATCH: F1 Pundit Relishes ‘Tasty’ Shoey Celebration Amidst Daniel Ricciardo’s No-Podium at Australian GP

Published 04/10/2022, 5:06 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo celebrates winning the race on the podium REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

The Australian Grand Prix managed to make a sterling comeback to F1 following years of absence. And of course, there were actions all around right from the start until the chequered flag; Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez, and George Russell compensated for Charles Leclerc’s one-sided affair upfront while the mid-field delivered a spectacular show with agonizingly close wheel-to-wheel battles.

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However, despite coming across such an eventful race, there was that tinge of dissatisfaction amongst the Australian fans following the podium celebrations. For the ones wondering what could be the reason, doesn’t it seem obvious? Having witnessed a race in Australia, there is one thing that the spectators would have yearned for – Shoey!

Formula One F1 – Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia – April 10, 2022 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo with fans before the race REUTERS/Martin Keep

Indeed, Daniel Ricciardo wasn’t on the podium to fulfill his fans’ sole wish; The Australian had a rather bitter-sweet outing as he eventually landed his McLaren in P6 behind his teammate, Lando Norris.

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However, turns out, the fans didn’t need the Honey Badger to embrace that celebration after all. Instead, there was an unexpected member of the racing community who took over for Ricciardo.

Sky F1 pundit steps up for Daniel Ricciardo at Australian GP

Still wondering who that mystery man could be? It’s none other than Sky Sports commentator Ted Kravitz. The British reporter took a stroll along the track during the live Sky coverage when he found himself amongst a sea of Australian fans.

Soon after, one of the fans removed his sneakers to get a ‘jar’ of beer ready as Kravitz had his hands over his head. “Oh no! He’s taking his shoe off,” the Briton said with a disgusted expression on his face. “Such a bad idea.”

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Then came the chug! Kravitz chugged an entire can of beer through the fan’s sneaker after which he even offered hilarious feedback. “It’s quite tasty, actually. Not too shoey,” he said before walking away from the fans amidst a wild roar of applause.

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Of all, the Ted Talk host was the least expected F1 individual to pull off this Australian ritual. And boy did he manage to deliver it in some style! But, now, the celebrations seem to have subsided a bit as the focus now begins to shift towards the nearing European round.

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It’s the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix next, which has certainly offered a decent couple of races since 2020. So, can Imola keep up F1’s good run and manage to add another blistering race to the unpredictable season? We’ll know in time!

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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