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Red Bull’s Ricciardo, Verstappen bring holiday cheer to factory

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Enjoy these moments while we can while they’re still teammates, at least through the end of next Formula 1 season.

Red Bull Racing’s dynamic and seemingly almost always smiling duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen paid a visit to Red Bull’s Milton Keynes headquarters on Tuesday while decked out in full holiday regalia.

Ricciardo, appearing to play Santa Claus with Verstappen looking very much like an elf, wanted to pay tribute to their entire team for their work and efforts. Red Bull Racing released a number of photos and videos of the day, including of an autograph session.

Red Bull’s full gallery is linked here via its website.

Its social posts of the “Jingle Bulls” are below.

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.”