Australian Daniel Ricciardo ended a frustrating spell of more than two years without a Formula One victory in Sunday’s exciting Malaysian Grand Prix – and then celebrated in style.
Ricciardo – who sits third in the driver standings, behind dominant Mercedes pair Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton – made the most of good fortune to win in Sepang.
The Australian, who has been short of a luck in a frustrating yet impressive 2016, saw reigning world champion Hamilton retire with a blown engine, while Rosberg was hit with a 10-second penalty – but still finished third.
It mattered little to an elated Ricciardo, though, who marked his win what is becoming his trademark ‘shoey’ celebration.
A ‘shoey’ is when someone pours alcohol – in the case of Formula One drivers, champagne – into a shoe and then drinks it, usually as quick as they can.
Ricciardo has been doing it on the podium throughout the 2016 Formula One season and even convinced fellow-Aussie driver – and now media personality – Mark Webber to join him after last month’s Belgian Grand Prix.
This time he managed to get the whole podium involved, with his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen, who finished second, and Rosberg gritting their teeth to complete the feat.
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Rosberg said afterward, with his tongue in his cheek: “I hope he does not win anymore races this year.”
Ricciardo, with his trademark beaming smile, said later: “For me it’s not so bad [to drink] … sucked in for everyone else drinking out of my shoe!”
Twitter users were quick to hail the celebrations as the best Formula One had ever seen.
Everyone drinking from Ricciardo's shoe, best podium ever
— Jack/F1StatMan (@F1StatMan) October 2, 2016
Officially the greatest podium in Formula 1 history #shoeysforall
— Richard Bayliss (@RSBayliss) October 2, 2016
“It has been pretty emotional,” Ricciardo said on the podium.
“Two years since my last win and we’ve come so close this year.
“Two weeks ago I said we will win one this year and here you go, we got this.
“Big thanks to Red Bull Racing and everyone who supported me through this journey.
“I’m extremely grateful for this.”
Ricciardo should have finished ahead of Hamilton at May’s Monaco Grand Prix and won, only for a pitstop error to cost him.
He said his win was a case of ‘what goes around comes around’.
“Lewis got the lead and had his problems,” he added.
“I’m not really one for believing in a whole lot but it went the other way in Monaco so I’ll take this today.
“No hard feelings to Lewis but I’ll definitely take this win.”
Even with Hamilton and Rosberg hampered by problems of their own, Ricciardo did not have things his own way.
And he had to drive well to see off the challenge of the teenage Verstappen in an exciting conclusion to the race.
Hamilton: “Something just doesn’t feel right”
The British driver was in the lead and looked set for victory with just 15 laps to go.
But engine failure – in which flames burst from his Mercedes – saw him fail to finish the race, and left him seething and demanding answers.
“Something just doesn’t feel right,” he said.
“It was a brand new engine, I’d done just one race with it.
“I just can’t believe that there’s eight Mercedes cars and only my engines are the ones that have been going this year … but there’s nothing I can do about it.
“I’m just going to keep my head down and hope for the best – but obviously today was not a good day.”