Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton joined Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo for his usual ‘shoey’ celebration – but grimaced in disgust after taking a sip.
Ricciardo, 31, forgot to complete his time on the iconic podium – which requires him to drink champagne from his shoe – after finishing third in the German Eifel Grand Prix last month.
But after winning third place again at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix in Italy, the sportsman larrikin made sure to remember his famous celebration.
As the Perth-born driver was about to pour Moët champagne into his shoe, Hamilton – who finished first – decided to join in the post-race hijinks.
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Lewis Hamilton spills the champagne from his shoe on third-place Australian Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo on Sunday after the Perth-born driver compensated for forgetting to shoey after last month’s Grand Prix.
Hamilton winced in disgust when he joined Ricciardo in his Sunday podium tradition – later claiming the drink tasted like ‘toe jam’
Not only did Hamilton decide to participate in the bizarre celebration, he even used Ricciardo’s other shoe instead of his own.
Ricciardo had a wide grin on his face as he drank from his shoe, but the great British driver seemed to have a very different experience as he grimaced through the unconventional drink.
The Australian driver became well known on the F1 circuit for his jokey and light demeanor and first performed a “shoey” when he stepped on the podium in 2016.
Ricciardo said he was shocked that Hamilton was eager to try the classic Australian right of way given he had turned down a ‘shoey’ offer on the podium before.
“I was about to drink a nice, cool one and heard Lewis say, ‘take off your other shoe,’ the 31-year-old later told Sky Sports in the paddock.
“And I was like ‘no’ because three years ago on the podium, he said, ‘I’ll never drink it, you can offer me, you can force me, I never will’. ‘
The Australian rider first performed a “shoey” when he stepped onto the podium in 2016 and made it his usual tradition in the years that followed.
But Hamilton eventually convinced his rival to put the shoes back on him, but quickly regretted asking, describing the taste of his drink as “toe jam.”
“I don’t like champagne the way it is, but it was so much worse,” he says.
Hamilton came back from third place at the end of the first lap to lead Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas in a Mercedes one-two on the Italian circuit.
Ricciardo finished third for Renault, his second podium of the season for a team from France also now third overall, with Russian Daniil Kvyat fourth for AlphaTauri.
The Briton took the checkered flag with 5.783 seconds ahead of poleman Bottas.
Hamilton also racked up a bonus point for the fastest lap to extend his lead to 85 points with four races to go.
Australian Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo (right) is a popular larrikin on the F1 circuit