(Recasts with recent Ricciardo quote)
Nov 1 (Reuters) – Daniel Ricciardo was stunned to be joined by race winner Lewis Hamilton in a celebratory podium champagne ‘shoey’ on Sunday after the Australian completed third in Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
The final time Ricciardo appeared on the rostrum, on the Nuerburgring in Germany on Oct. 11, he forgot within the pleasure to carry out his trademark gesture of ingesting 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 high three end in three races Ricciardo was able to unfold the love at Imola.
“I used to be about to drink an attractive recent one and I heard Lewis saying ‘take your different shoe off’,” mentioned Ricciardo.
“And I used to be like ‘No…’. As a result of truthfully, I believe it was three years in the past on the rostrum he goes: ‘I’ll by no means, ever try this, I’ll by no means drink it. You’ll be able to provide me, you may drive me, I’ll by no means do it’. And he even requested for it at present.
“So it took me unexpectedly, however 2020 is the yr of the unusual so it was good enjoyable.”
Hamilton mentioned it had tasted like ‘toe jam’.
“It undoubtedly didn’t style nice,” added the Briton, a facemask overlaying 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.”
Ricciardo’s first podium for Renault additionally meant workforce boss Cyril Abiteboul can be buying a tattoo of the Australian’s alternative after an settlement made final yr.
COVID-19 lockdowns in Europe have thus far prevented that from taking place and Ricciardo mentioned the Frenchman had been fast to state there can be no second inking.
“He truly 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 protection automotive was deployed.
Then Racing Level’s Sergio Perez pitted from third, by which era Ricciardo was grinning.
“It’s fairly surreal truly, the primary one (podium) and to get two now in such shut proximity. It’s superior,” he mentioned. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, enhancing by Pritha Sarkar)