What is a shoey in F1? Daniel Ricciardo trademark celebration explained

Jake Nichol September 13, 2021
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Daniel Ricciardo secured a long-awaited return to the top step of the Formula One podium with victory in the Italian Grand Prix. His celebrations on the podium prompted some to ask what is a shoey? Let’s take a look.

Shoey in Formula One explained

Ricciardo first introduced the shoey – an Australian tradition – into F1 in the 2016 season.

After he finished second in that season’s German GP, the Perth native removed one of his race boots and filled it with champagne.

He then preceded to down the contents of the boot before raising it in triumph.

It has become almost expected that Ricciardo does the shoey after claiming a podium finish.

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However, when he claimed his first podium for the Renault team in 2020, he forgot to do it – only being reminded about the tradition post-race in an interview.

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Who has done the shoey in F1?

Ricciardo has often roped fellow drivers and team personnel into doing the shoey with him.

The first unlucky victim was podium interviewer Mark Webber at the 2016 Belgian GP.

Later that year in Malaysia, Ricciardo roped in his team boss, Christian Horner, and fellow podium finishers Max Verstappen and Nico Rosberg.

Horner was far more energetic than Verstappen or Rosberg – the latter looking disgusted afterwards.

Lance Stroll got to enjoy his first career podium in F1 at the 2017 Azerbaijan GP by drinking from race-winner Ricciardo’s boot.

Despite saying he would never do a shoey, even Lewis Hamilton joined in the fun at the 2020 Emilia Romagna GP at Imola.

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After the Italian GP at Monza, Ricciardo offered teammate Lando Norris and boss Zak Brown a shoey.

They accepted the invitation, although third-place finisher Valtteri Bottas wisely kept his distance.

Have any celebrities done a shoey in F1?

In a time before covid-19, F1 would sometimes get a celebrity to interview the drivers on the podium.

Olympus Has Fallen star Gerard Butler was the first to play along – after the 2016 United States GP.

However, the Scottish actor didn’t drink the champagne, instead substituting a Red Bull energy drink for the stunt.

Star Trek star Sir Patrick Stewart has also done a shoey – at the 2017 Canadian GP after Ricciardo’s third-place finish.

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Jake can usually be found writing about or watching anything to do with motorsport – from Formula 1 to NASCAR to British Truck Racing. His work as a motorsport journalist has been published by the likes of Autosport, Motorsport.com and Motorsport News – all highly respected names. Away from racing he is a keen amateur astronomer, podcast listener and enjoys long walks in the park with his three dogs.