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Senna completes stacked United Autosports line-up for Rolex 24

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Bruno Senna has completed United Autosports’ stacked driver line-up for the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.

The nephew of Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna, Bruno has focused chiefly on endurance racing since making his last grand prix start in 2012.

Senna clinched his first motorsport title at the end of last month after a stunning fightback in the FIA World Endurance Championship season finale in Bahrain, wrapping up the LMP2 drivers’ title alongside Julien Canal for Rebellion Racing.

The Brazilian will now venture to Daytona International Speedway for the Rolex 24 next month, becoming the seventh and final driver for United Autosports’ two-car entry.

Senna will partner Will Owen, Hugo de Sadeleer and Paul Di Resta for the endurance classic, with Fernando Alonso, Lando Norris and Phil Hanson teaming up in the second Ligier JS P217.

“I’m very excited to join United Autosports on this challenge for Daytona,” Senna said.

“It’s an incredibly accomplished team and with the experience from 2017, great technical talent, as well as the incredibly strong driver line-up, we should be up for a good fight right from the start!”

Team co-owner Zak Brown added: “I’m thrilled we have completed our Rolex 24 At Daytona line up and that Bruno will be joining the team.

“He’s a fantastic driver and a proven race and championship winner so will be a great asset to our team.”

Senna will feature in the pre-Daytona ‘Roar Before the 24’ test on January 5-7 before racing two weeks later on January 26-27.

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.”