Ricciardo enjoys banter before the battle resumes

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A beaming Daniel Ricciardo enjoyed some light-hearted banter with Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen at the Japanese Grand Prix on Thursday in an exchange that also underscored their rivalry.

Ricciardo, who took his fourth career win at Sepang after Lewis Hamilton retired from the lead with a blown engine on his Mercedes, had not stood on the top of the podium since the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix.

Mercedes are favorites to wrap up the constructors' title at Suzuka but the chances of Ricciardo on Sunday again drinking the winner's champagne out of his boot in his now trademark 'shoey' gesture cannot be ruled out.

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