Champagne tradition in Formula 1
Do you know where the champagne tradition in the royal category of races occurs?
Have you ever thought over the question, where the tradition to give the three-liter bottle of champagne for the pilots-winners occurred?
In the formative years of the World Championship Formula 1 French Grand Prix was held in the north-east of France, in the city of Reims – the heart and the capital of the Champagne region. In 1950, two large local fans of motor racing sponsored the French stage of the royal category of races – Paul Chandon Moet and his cousin – Count Frederick Chandon de Bray. They presented a three-liter bottle of champagne of the brand Moet&Chandon to the winner of that race Juan Manuel Fangio.
All the organizers of motor races really enjoyed this symbolic gesture, who have kept this tradition to the present day, however, the pilots are now presented the champagne brand Mumm.
Sixteen years later, Jo Siffert, who became the winner in the category of the famous 24hours of Le Mans, involuntarily enriched the tradition. Champagne, waiting him at the podium probably was not sufficiently cooled. When he uncorked the bottle, the cork flew up into the air and splashes of champagne flew in different directions, causing the pilot himself and the audience, standing below, were generously watered by noble drink.
For over forty years, the winners of the races have not deprived themselves of pleasure to shake the bottle before uncorking it and make a shower of splashes of champagne.
But it should be noted that only one race organizer has made a slight change in this tradition. In Bahrain, the winners of the races are not presented a bottle of champagne but sparkling fruit juice.