To ring in the holiday spirit, Formula One decided to get the drivers to play a game of F1 Secret Santa. Needless to say, it was a hoot!. All the drivers (with the exception of the Ferrari duo) took part in the festivities. F1 veteran Felipe Massa called it a day at the end of the 2017 season and Lewis Hamilton decided to rub it in his face.
The world champion bought the 36-year-old a pair of slippers, a pipe and a pensioners manual. The Brazilian saw the funny side of the present and admitted they would come in handy following his retirement from the sport. “I have a nice pair of shoes for a very old man,” Massa said.
Hamilton in the meantime was gifted an elf outfit for his dogs. As first he was a tad confused before figuring out that it was for his dogs. He also received a glittering dog bowl. The thoughtful gifts came from Carlos Sainz Jr. The Spaniard’s gift was an ‘I Love London” stationery set and Muhammad Ali’s autobiography from Kevin Magnussen. The Dane’s gift was a travel guide for Russia, a little something from Felipe Massa. Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley was gifted a Romain Grosjean cookbook from the man himself. The Frenchman was quite delighted to see a waffle maker under his Christmas tree, courtesy Stoffel Vandoorne. Vandoorne got another waffle maker, this time from Lance Stroll.
The Canadian youngster got a rather cheeky present from Esteban Ocon. The Frenchman and the Canadian had a running joke in their junior days where the mechanics called them monkeys. So Stroll’s gift was a stuffed monkey toy holding a banana. Ocon go a pink panther hat from Pascal Wehrlein. The German was gifted a table hockey set from Valtteri Bottas. The Finn received some canned fish from Max Verstappen, a gift that he promptly chucked in the trash. As he did so, he wondered how Max knew that he had a cat. Verstappen was gifted a cap from Fernando Alonso. Alonso received a pair of socks from Daniel Ricciardo. The Aussie’s gift was some Italian pasta from Brendon Hartley. Sticking to the Italian theme, Marcus Ericsson received Italian biscotti from Pierre Gasly. Ericsson returned the favour by gifting Gasly Viking horns and candy.
Sergio Perez’s gift was a pink panther mug and a pink wristwatch from Nico Hulkenberg. Hulk was gifted a pink beret from Perez, a gift that he tossed down to the balcony below. Oddly enough, neither of the Ferrari drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, participated in the F1 secret Santa game.