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 Pink 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 a wonderful recent one and I heard Lewis saying ‘take your different shoe off’,” stated Ricciardo.
“And I used to be like ‘No…’. As a result of actually, I believe it was three years in the past on the rostrum he goes: ‘I will by no means, ever try this, I will by no means drink it. You possibly can provide me, you’ll be able to pressure me, I will by no means do it’. And he even requested for it right this moment.
“So it took me abruptly, however 2020 is the 12 months of the unusual so it was good enjoyable.”
Hamilton stated it had tasted like ‘toe jam’.
“It undoubtedly did not style nice,” added the Briton, a facemask masking any grimace.
“I imply I do not actually like champagne as it’s, nevertheless it undoubtedly tastes worse. However what’s constructive is that Daniel’s mum thinks I used to be a great sport, so I am grateful for that.”
Ricciardo’s first podium for Renault additionally meant group boss Cyril Abiteboul can be buying a tattoo of the Australian’s alternative after an settlement made final 12 months.
COVID-19 lockdowns in Europe have to date prevented that from taking place and Ricciardo stated the Frenchman had been fast to state there can be no second inking.
“He truly simply stated: ‘Congrats, however I am not getting a second tattoo’,” stated Ricciardo. “So perhaps another person within the group.”
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 Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen crashed out of second place and the protection automobile was deployed.
Then Racing Level’s Sergio Perez pitted from third, by which era Ricciardo was grinning.
“It is fairly surreal truly, the primary one (podium) and to get two now in such shut proximity. It is superior,” he stated.