Watch Dan Ricciardo’s heart break when he realises he forgot his trademark shoey

It was a great moment for Daniel Ricciardo, full of relief and excitement. The Renault driver had just clinched a third-place finish at the Eifel F1 grand prix, with reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton winning the race ahead of Max Verstappen.

Everyone knew what to expect from the Australian on the podium.

But it was only later while being interviewed on camera that he realised he had come and gone without delivering the celebration he has made famous — drinking champagne from a sweaty boot in the move known as the “shoey”.

The interviewer started by telling Ricciardo he still had his boots on, and the shock was palpable on his face.

“As soon as they’ve done the champagne, Max [Verstappen] was already spraying me and for the first time ever, they chilled the bottles.

“Normally the champagne’s like, lukewarm, and it was freezing. Or maybe it’s because it’s so cold outside.

“So I was just … shocked with cold, and I didn’t even … wow, I’m actually sad now.”

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Lewis Hamilton wins the Eifel Grand Prix in Germany

There may have been another reason for Ricciardo’s forgetfulness — his podium finish also meant he had won a bet with Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul, giving him the right to choose a tattoo for the team principal.

The good news for Abiteboul is that he gets to choose where the tattoo goes — ruling out, he said, any ink on the face – but the bad news is that Ricciardo picks the design.

It had been more than two years since the Australian — then driving for Red Bull — earned a spot on the podium with a win on the streets of Monte Carlo in the Monaco Grand Prix.

Since then, frustration with his team, car reliability and the rise of teammate Verstappen led Ricciardo to make the jump to Renault. But the struggles continued at the French-based team.

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Ricciardo had a good weekend in Germany, qualifying in sixth for the Eifel Grand Prix. He quickly moved up to fifth, and gradually pushed into the top three.

He held off Racing Point driver Sergio Perez by 1.4 seconds to secure a podium spot behind Hamilton, and both he and his team were thrilled with the result.

After missing his moment on the podium, the Australian was determined to make up for it.

He later posted a video on Instagram of the forgotten deed.

“The shoe is off. I think I was so caught up in the podium and obviously it’s been a while. Everyone afterwards was like, ‘why didn’t you do a shoey?’,” he said, holding his boot up to the camera before pouring in the bubbly.

“I was like ‘oh, man’. So anyway, here it is. Belated but better late than never.”

“Mother’s milk,” he declared, after swigging it down.

He now has six more chances before the season wraps up in Abu Dhabi in mid-December to get back in the top three and show his form on the podium.

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