Daniel Ricciardo has turned up at the Italian Grand Prix full of fun – and sporting a fake tattoo of McLaren teammate Lando Norris’s face on his throat.

Norris in return had one of a badger, alluding to Ricciardo’s “honey badger” nickname, and a heart with “True Love” on his neck.

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The Briton also had a somewhat smudged picture of Ricciardo doing a “shoey”, quaffing the podium champagne from a sweaty racing boot, on his hand.

Ricciardo has failed to meet expectations at McLaren but, if there is any friction since they announced a mutual parting of the ways from the end of the Formula One season, it remained well-hidden.

It may have been the pair’s idea of a bit of fun after Norris had said last month that he had no sympathy with Ricciardo following the news of his split with McLaren.

“This is ridiculous. I have Lando’s face on my neck. We did a little thing this morning with the team and, oh gosh,” exclaimed the Australian on Thursday.

“We just did some videos,” added Norris by way of explanation.

“His Adam’s apple’s on my eye. It looks like he’s possessed a little bit.”

Whatever the reasons, and more will doubtless turn up on social media, Ricciardo was in a happy place as he returned to the high-speed track where last year he and Norris finished a surprising one-two.

That was McLaren’s first win since 2012 and Ricciardo’s first since he was at Red Bull in 2018.

“It is cool. Obviously last year was so special, a big moment. It’s a year on. Those big moments and memories still seem set in the forefront of your mind and it feels very recent,” said Ricciardo.

“Monza’s a place I’ve always enjoyed. Results aside, it’s a fun track. Low downforce, high speed, best pizza in the world. All these things.

“Mum and dad are here this weekend, it’s their second race or maybe third I think since pre-COVID. It’s good to be back.”

Meanwhile, Ricciardo got a big vote of confidence from seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, who said the Australian should be racing in Formula One next season rather than take a reserve role.

Amid speculation that Ricciardo could end up supporting him at Mercedes, Hamilton said while sitting alongside him in a news conference at Monza: “I think he should be racing, personally.

“He is far too talented (to be a reserve). He has earned the right to be amongst us all racing.

“Of course if he’s a part of our team, then great. But that role is not anywhere near what’s best for him. If I was managing him, he’d be racing.”

Ricciardo himself said: “I still don’t know what next year looks like. I do want to be on the grid, I do want to race.”

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