Daniel Ricciardo says doing a shoey with Lewis Hamilton on the Formula 1 podium at Imola was a “majestic” moment.

After finishing third in Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the Australian toasted his second podium with Renault in three races with his traditional rostrum celebration by drinking champagne from his racing boot, something he forgot to do in Germany.

Race-winner Hamilton got in on the act by drinking from Ricciardo’s left boot as the Renault driver drank from his right after claiming the 93rd victory of his career. Ricciardo said he thoroughly enjoyed seeing Hamilton voluntarily joining in.

"I took my right shoe off, poured it, and was about to salute the mechanics," Ricciardo explained.

"And I heard Mr Hamilton asking me to take my left shoe off. He also drank out of my shoe today. So we shared one today, and it was majestic.

"And fun fact for everyone, I think it was three years ago on the podium he said he will never, ever drink out of my shoe, and in 2020 strange things are happening.

“I was very adamant that I would get him to do it one day, and here we go. So I didn't forget, and I'm very happy.

"Champagne is colder these days, I don't know if it's because we're approaching winter and it's cooler outside, but it does make the shoe experience slightly more tolerable."

But what did Hamilton make of his first-ever shoey?

“It definitely didn’t taste great,” Hamilton said. “I mean I don’t really like champagne as it is, but it definitely tastes worse.

“But what’s positive is that Daniel’s mum thinks I was a good sport, so I’m grateful for that. I think Daniel had said that I'd once said never, that I would never do it. So there's a lesson - never say never. It was a good moment."

 

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