“I Would Cry. I Would Cry Happy Tears”: Messiah of the Bills Mafia Makes Major Promise to F1 Star Daniel Ricciardo

Published 09/27/2022, 6:40 AM EDT
Oct 4, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) gestures against the Las Vegas Raiders in the second quarter at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports| Credit- Reuters

Daniel Ricciardo is beyond doubt one of the finest drivers on the grid. He’s known for his ever-so-broad smile and sense of humor. The ex-Red bull driver ended a long winless drought by emerging victorious at the 2021 Italian GP, which further led the Australian driver to celebrate in his peculiar style once again, after a long time.

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As we all are aware of the tradition, whenever the Honey Badger gets a podium, he likes to drink Champagne from his shoe, a celebration that is referred to as ‘shoey’ by Ricciardo and his fans.

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Other than his unusual celebration, the Mclaren driver is also known for the relationships he shares with everyone on the grid. One off-grid relationship which grabbed the audience’s attention is with the Buffalo Bills’ Messiah Josh Allen.

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Talking to Allen, in a 2021 ESPN interview, Daniel asked the NFL player if he would ever enact a win with a ‘shoey’.

To this, the Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen replied, “As soon as we are up on that stage, on the podium at the Super Bowl, if we get there I am definitely taking my shoe off and I am doing the whole thing too.”

MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 12: Race winner Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 celebrate on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 12, 2021 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Clive Mason – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

A happy Ricciardo interjected, “It is crazy how it became something I didn’t think it would”

The Bills Mafia continued, “If it was to end up on the stage at the end of the Super Bowl, I would probably cry, I would cry happy tears.”

Daniel Ricciardo left Red Bull after 2018 to join Renault. After a decent stint with the team, that saw him finish the 2020 season in P5, he moved to Mclaren. Riccardo played a senior mate to Lando Norris, sharing his experience with the latter. This partnership arguably did well for Norris, but not so much for Ricciardo.

Despite that, the experienced driver did get Mclaren’s first win at the Italian Grand Prix in almost a decade.

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Altogether, the 2022 season hasn’t been high yielding for the Australian racer. When asked about his contributions to the Zak Brown-led team, Daniel said, “The way you walk into a room has a big impact, a big effect on people. People draw from that and the team, the crew and people around you draw from that.”

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Having a similar role to that of a captain, the 26-year-old talked about the similitudes between himself and Riccardo. He said, “We are never too serious, even when probably, we should be at times but I think that people want to play with guys who are positive and have energy.”

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Jan 24, 2021; Kansas City, MO, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) looks to pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second quarter in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters

Currently, Daniel Ricciardo is standing at P14 with six races remaining. Let’s hope the jolly Australian gets back on track soon and we all get to see his quirky celebrations again soon.

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Aditya Srivastava

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Aditya Srivastava is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Although he has completed his undergrad in History, due to his passion for the field, he couldn't hold himself back from entering the world of Sports Journalism. Being a huge fan of Formula 1, Aditya has taken up multiple internships and freelancing gigs where he got to pen down his thoughts about the most prestigious form of motor racing in the world.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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