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How the ‘Shoey’ came to Formula One

That the Aussies love a good brew is not something new. So when Daniel Ricciardo used his racing boots to drink the champagne, after finishing second in the German GP earlier this year, he introduced a quintessential Aussie tradition to the sport.

Australia's former Formula One driver Mark Webber (R) drinks champagne from the shoe of Red Bull Racing's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo on the podium after the Belgian AP at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Spa on August 28, 2016.

On Thursday, Ricciardo enlightened the F1 media about the origins of ‘Shoey’.“I didn’t start it! Well, as far as I know, I started it in Formula One but not worldwide. It was a few loose Aussies, from what I saw — the Mad Hueys. They’re surfies, fisherman and just loose guys. They travel the world fishing, surfing or whatever and they like to drink a bit of beer and whatnot. And that’s where the shoey began.”

“I know Jack Miller knows a few of the guys from the Mad Hueys. So when he got his win in Assen (Moto GP), I suspected he was going to do it. He did and I thought I’d keep the Australian tradition going.”

Former F1 driver and fellow Ausralian Mark Webber continued the tradition when he gamely accepted Ricciardo’s challenge at the Belgian GP, where he conducted the podium interviews. Recently Moto GP legend Valentino Rossi joined the act on the podium after the last race at Misano.

Tasty when cold
So how does it taste? “Honestly, if the sparkling wine is cold, then it tastes good. Normally it’s cold on the podium. If it’s warm then sure, you’d get the sweat and that through it. But the cold taste kills the bad stuff, so it’s delicious, as we said!”

With Red Bull expecting to be strong here, Ricciardo has promised to do it once again. “If I win, sure! If it’s just a second or third, probably not. For a victory, I’d expect to see a few people do it with me!”

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