Jeremy Clarkson has revealed that he took almost 1,000 bottles of beer to the Alpine factory, in honouring his podium bet with the team.
The TV presenter placed what seemed a fanciful bet during the Monaco Grand Prix at the end of May that he would provide a pint for every member of the Alpine team if Esteban Ocon was able to hold onto a podium place in Monte Carlo.
Sure enough, he managed to do so for the first time this season – leaving the former Top Gear and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? host with something of a debt to repay in the end.
But with the Alpine factory being situated not too far from his farm in the Cotswolds, he made good on his promise, turning up at Enstone with his Lamborghini tractor – as seen on hit show Clarkson’s Farm – with a bottle of beer, made with ingredients from his farm, available for each member of the Alpine staff.
But as it turned out, there was quite a bit more beer to give away than he had anticipated, with almost 1,000 people working for the team there were a lot of bottles to hand out, with Ocon there in person to help Clarkson out.
“Halfway through the recent Monaco Grand Prix, I put out a tweet saying that if my local team, Alpine, finished on the podium, I’d give everyone on the team a pint of my Hawkstone lager,” Clarkson wrote in his column for The Sun.
“Well, their driver Esteban Ocon did finish on the podium, so I called to ask how many pints I should drop round to the factory.
“It’s just shy of a thousand.”