F1 2020, Eifel Grand Prix, Germany: Daniel Ricciardo does shoey after Renault podium at Nurburgring

The significance of Daniel Ricciardo’s drought-breaking podium at the Eifel Grand Prix is better defined by what he didn’t do, rather than what he did.

Across 29 podiums at Red Bull, it became customary for the Australian to stand on the steps and swig champagne from his sweaty boot — otherwise known as doing a ‘shoey’.

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More than two years after his last podium ‘shoey’, Ricciardo had the opportunity to do another on Sunday after finishing third at the Nurburgring.

Only he didn’t.

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Valtteri Bottas will be hoping to continue his mid-season championship charge and further cut teammate Lewis Hamilton’s lead at the top in tonight’s Eifel Grand Prix.

Bottas produced a blistering track record on his final qualifying lap on Saturday to edge Mercedes teammate Hamilton and claim pole position at the Nurburgring.

The Finn clocked a best lap of one minute and 25.269 seconds to beat the championship leader by two-tenths of a second in very cold conditions following only one practice session after Friday’s running was cancelled due to fog.

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It was Bottas’s third pole this year and the 14th of his career, a feat that he hopes can help him keep alive his championship challenge. After winning in Russia two weeks ago he lies 44 points behind Hamilton.

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Formula 1 2020, F1 Eifel Grand Prix, Nurburgring, practice wiped out, fog

Both practice sessions at the Eifel Grand Prix were cancelled on Friday when thick fog prevented the use of a medical helicopter at the Nurburgring circuit.

Consistent rain and low temperatures combined with a thick low mist to prevent any on-circuit action at the track in the Eifel mountains, delivering the first complete washout of a single day since the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix.

Many Formula One observers had warned of the prospect of poor weather wrecking the sport’s return to the Nurburgring for the first time since 2013.

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Fog wiped out practice.Source: Getty Images

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F1 returns to Imola, Nurburgring as Americas races cancelled

Formula 1 has scrapped all four of this season’s races in the Americas due to the COVID-19 pandemic and has added three European rounds, including old favourites Imola and the Nurburgring, to the calendar.

The sport cancelled its Americas swing though, with Grands Prix in Canada, Texas, Mexico and Brazil falling foul of the rising coronavirus toll in those countries.

The cancellations take the tally of races axed from the original 2020 calendar to 11. The other casualties of COVID are Australia, France, Monaco, the Netherlands, Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan.

The revised schedule now has 13 rounds, with Formula 1 aiming for a reduced championship of between 15 and 18 with final races in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi in mid-December.

Fifteen Grands Prix is the minimum needed to fulfil television contracts.

China’s postponed race in Shanghai is also expected to be cancelled but Vietnam remains in play and there has also been talk of returning to Malaysia’s Sepang circuit.

Daniel Ricciardo has finished eighth in consecutive races this season.(Pool via AP: Mark Thompson)

Formula 1, whose commercial rights are held by US-based Liberty Media, said it looked forward to returning to the Americas next season.

The United States on Thursday (July 23) passed a total of more than 4 million coronavirus infections since the first case was documented in January, according to a Reuters tally.

Texas, which was due to host the US Grand Prix at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas on October 25, has been one of the states hardest hit by the resurgent coronavirus.

Brazil, with total confirmed cases of nearly 2.3 million, has the world’s worst outbreak of COVID-19 outside the United States, while Mexico ranks fourth in the world for fatalities.

Formula 1 said the historic Nurburgring would host the Eifel Grand Prix, named after the German region, on October 11 — giving champions Mercedes a home race.

The Portuguese Grand Prix will be held on October 25 at the Algarve circuit, the country’s first race since 1996.

Of current drivers, only Lewis Hamilton has driven an F1 car on the circuit, meaning it will present a new challenge for drivers.

Lewis Hamilton rubs his face in disbelief from the drivers seat of his car.
Lewis Hamilton will drive a Mercedes in a home Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.(Pool: Joe Klamar)

Imola will host the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on November 1 — giving Italy three races for the first time.

The others are at Monza and Mugello, the latter owned by Ferrari and due to host the Italian team’s 1,000th world championship Grand Prix in September.

The only other occasion one country has hosted three races in the same season was 1982, when the United States had Grands Prix at Long Beach, Detroit and Las Vegas.

Imola previously hosted the Italian Grand Prix in 1980 and San Marino Grand Prix from 1981 to 2006. The only current driver to have raced around the bumpy, challenging circuit, is Kimi Raikkonen.

Imola hosted some thrilling races in that time, but in F1 circles the circuit will forever been tainted with tragedy.

Brazil’s triple world champion Ayrton Senna died there in 1994 while driving for Williams.

The Nurburgring remains one of the most alluring venues in motorsport, primarily due to its notorious, 22km Nordschleife configuration.

A man drinks champagne from a shoe as another man watches on in the background.
Mark Webber (right) won at the Nurburgring in 2009. Ricciardo’s best position is 12th in 2013 driving the Toro Rosso.(AFP: Loic Venance)

That marathon course has long been replaced by a remodelled circuit, which last featured in the Formula 1 world championship in 2013.

Aussie Mark Webber won at the circuit in 2009, while Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have also claimed victory on the updated circuit in recent years.

In its long history, the rural circuit has hosted races variously designated as the German, European and Luxembourg Grands Prix.

Hamilton currently leads the 2020 World Championship from his teammate Valtteri Bottas after three races.


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