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G. H. Mumm Champagne Brut Cordon Rouge Formula 1 Edition
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Silverstone 1950, the first tribute with champagne The legend began on 13 May 1950 when the pre-eminent championship was created: Formula 1. The first Grand Prix race took place on the Silverstone Circuit in England, with the same distance as todays events, slightly over 300 km. The tradition of paying tribute to the winner covering a bottle of champagne began that same year at the Reims-Gueux circuit in the Champagne region of France. A happy accident, a gesture for history But it was actually 16 years later when the prize-giving ceremony on the podium took the form that we know today. Jo Siffert, after winning his category of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, unwittingly enriched the tradition. On the podium, the cork popped out of his overheated bottle of champagne, showering the onlookers below. The following year, in 1967, Dan Gurney celebrated his victory by deliberately spraying the crowd, a gesture that is now a Formula 1 ritual. [+]