Nov 1 (Reuters) – Daniel Ricciardo persuaded Mercedes’ race winner Lewis Hamilton to hitch in a podium champagne ‘shoey’ after the Australian completed third in Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
The final time he appeared on the rostrum, on the Nuerburgring in Germany on Oct. 11, he forgot within the pleasure to carry out his trademark gesture of consuming champagne from his sweaty boot.
That Eifel Grand Prix podium was his first for Renault, and first since 2018 when he was at Crimson Bull, however after a second prime three end in three races Ricciardo was able to unfold the love at Imola.
Hamilton mentioned it tasted like ‘toe jam’.
“It undoubtedly didn’t style nice,” added the Briton, a facemask protecting any grimace.
“I imply I don’t actually like champagne as it’s, but it surely undoubtedly tastes worse. However what’s optimistic is that Daniel’s mum thinks I used to be a great sport, so I’m grateful for that.
“I believe Daniel had mentioned that I’d as soon as mentioned by no means, that I might by no means do it. So there’s a lesson – by no means say by no means.”
Ricciardo’s first podium for Renault additionally meant workforce boss Cyril Abiteboul could be buying a tattoo of the Australian’s selection after an settlement made final 12 months.
COVID-19 lockdowns in Europe have thus far prevented that from occurring and Ricciardo mentioned the Frenchman had been fast to state that two podiums didn’t require a second inking.
“He really simply mentioned: ‘Congrats, however I’m not getting a second tattoo’,” mentioned Ricciardo. ”So possibly another person within the workforce.”
The Australian, who joins McLaren on the finish of the season, recognised that Sunday’s podium had fallen considerably unexpectedly into his lap.
He had been fifth with 15 laps to go when Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen crashed out of second place and the security automobile was deployed.
Then Racing Level’s Sergio Perez pitted from third, by which era Ricciardo was grinning.
“It’s fairly surreal really, the primary one (podium) and to get two now in such shut proximity. It’s superior,” he mentioned. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, modifying by Pritha Sarkar)