Daniel Ricciardo has finally come to terms with the fact that the “shoey”, a podium ritual dreaded by rival drivers and loved by Formula One fans as well as anyone else not in drinking distance, may be getting out of control.

It has emerged as somewhat of an original celebration, where the Australian driver celebrates a podium finish by pouring some champagne into a sweaty racing boot. He then urges an unlucky victim to share the drink with him in front of a global audience.

That he has notched five podium finishes in a row has meant that the world has been watching plenty of shoeys this season.

You can even argue that at the last two races, these shoeys were instigated more by podium interviewers – former racers David Coulthard and Martin Brundle – than the happy driver.

“I honestly didn’t plan on doing it. Even in Baku I was, like, ‘ah, I won’t do it’,” Ricciardo said.

“DC (Coulthard) took my shoes off and then in Austria Martin was frothing for it. I feel like there’s some real sick bastards around here. I never thought it would continue like this.”

Ricciardo claimed that fans seemed to be loving it so much that they were even shouting “shoey” during an “F1 Live” promotional event in central London on Wednesday.

“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. I feel like I dug a hole for myself with this one,” he said.

“On that note, I feel like it’s been fun. I want to say it’s run its course; we’ll see what happens.”

In the last Grand Prix, television commentator Brundle had the shoey with utter delight, while Mercedes’ race winner Valtteri Bottas made himself scarce.

Though unimpressed, Ricciardo conceded that it may have been risky business, especially when races are back-to-back because the top three could all pick up some illness from it.

“I heard the Finns drink. I really heard that. But Valtteri did not carry his flag well last Sunday,” he said. “Shame on him. Wow. Valtteri Bottas. Disappointed. That’s it. No more shoeys.”

Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton, Bottas’s teammate, sided with the Finn. “I still stand firm on the toe jam stuff,” he said. “The juice from the foot is not something I wish to drink. Especially someone else’s.”

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