While Daniel Ricciardo concedes that a tense intra-team title fight would be a good problem to have, he hopes that whatever happens in 2018, he remains friends with Max Verstappen.

With Renault’s power unit on the up, Red Bull put in an improved performance in 2017.

The season ended with three race wins for the team; one for Ricciardo and two for Verstappen.

The team is hoping to take another step forward in the upcoming season with both Ricciardo and Verstappen eyeing a title challgne.

Asked if he could remain friends with his team-mate in the face of an intra-team battle, Ricciardo said: “I hope so, keep him on my birthday list.

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