Australian F1 star Daniel Ricciardo may have sampled podium champagne from his driving boots for the last time.
The “shoey” is certainly nothing new, with sports stars in other arenas and even the odd lead singer on stage having drank from their footwear at times when a clean glass and a coaster were seemingly unavailable.
But the practice has reached a new climax at the hands of the Red Bull driver, who has celebrated many-a-podium with a hard-earned swig of shoe juice.
Ricciardo has even persuaded the likes of fellow Aussie Mark Webber and British actor Sir Patrick Stewart to participate in the post-race activity, but now Ricciardo reportedly feels it may be time to hang up the shoey shoes.
Surprisingly, for fans, the Aussie’s last two podium appearances were supposed to be shoey-free.
"I honestly didn’t plan on doing it,” Ricciardo said, speaking with Reuters.
“Even in Baku I was, like, 'ah, I won't do it'. DC (podium interviewer and ex-F1 racer, David Coulthard) took my shoes off and then in Austria, Martin [Brundle] was frothing for it. I feel like there's some real sick bastards around here. I never thought it would continue like this."
But the final straw may have come away from the track, with Ricciardo reporting a recent incident where he was heckled by fans in public.
"I'm just walking along, minding my business and they're like 'do a shoey'... I don't actually just take my shoe off while I’m walking in the street and drink out of it,” Ricciardo said. “I feel like I dug a hole for myself with this one."
While clearly leaning towards shoey retirement, Ricciardo did leave the door open for at least one more by saying “we’ll see what happens”. Perhaps a shoey send-off..?
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