Who Inspired Daniel Ricciardo’s Peculiar Shoey Celebration?

Published 09/18/2021, 12:58 PM 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


Daniel Ricciardo is arguably one of the most loved drivers on the current F1 grid. Along with exceptional skills on track, the Australian’s personality features among the most energetic ones in the paddock.

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Last weekend, Ricciardo claimed his eighth career race victory and his first in three years. This heralded the return of the shoey, which Ricciardo established as a trademark in his podium celebrations.

What inspired Daniel Ricciardo to do his iconic shoey celebration?

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In a career spanning 10 years and continuing, the Honey Badger has amassed eight race wins and 32 podiums. Although he scored his first podium in the 2014 Spanish Grand Prix, he introduced the shoey only two years later. The 2016 German Grand Prix saw the debut of the celebration after Ricciardo scored a second-place finish.

HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY – JULY 31: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Max Verstappen of The Netherlands both of Red Bull Racing during the Formula One Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 31, 2016 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

During the driver’s press conference in Singapore that year, the Australian revealed the Mad Hueys inspired his celebration. He said“It basically comes from a few Aussies called the Mad Hueys. They basically travel the world fishing and surfing and they like to drink a lot of beer – so that’s where the shoey began.”

Although Ricciardo introduced the tradition to F1, he admitted he continued the trend after fellow Australian Jack Miller did it in MotoGP.

“Jack Miller knows some of the Huey guys so when he got his [Moto GP] win in Assen, I suspected he was going to do it – I just thought I’d keep the Australian tradition going,” said the 32-year-old.

Did Ricciardo ever skip the shoey since introducing it in 2016?

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Although it happened unknowingly, the answer to this is yes. After the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix, Ricciardo went through the 2019 season without stepping onto the podium. This was the first time since 2013 that the Australian achieved this unwanted feat.

Last season, he recorded his first podium with Renault in the Eifel Grand Prix. And it seemed he was out of practice, as he forgot to celebrate by carrying out the iconic celebration on the Nurburgring podium.

Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo celebrates with sparkling wine on the podium after finishing in third place alongside race winner Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton Pool via REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

However, that remained the only time he forgot the shoey. And this year in Monza, it wasn’t just the shoey that returned, but Ricciardo and winning ways found each other once again.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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