A very happy 90th birthday, Murray Walker

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Long regarded as the voice of Formula One commentary, Murray Walker celebrates his 90th birthday today.

The living legend ended his full-time commentary in the broadcast booth in 2001; coincidentally, that was the last year the Japanese Grand Prix, which runs this weekend, ran without a Japanese driver in the field.

Walker has battled health issues this year, having been diagnosed with cancer in June. But recently, he opined on James Hunt as a “decent” individual. Hunt was Walker’s longtime commentary partner in the UK before Hunt’s death in 1993. Hunt’s story has risen to prominence once again with the release of Ron Howard’s “Rush” this year.

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”