Has Daniel Ricciardo Replaced Lando Norris As His Best Friend With NFL Quarterback Josh Allen?

Published 10/19/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Renault F1 Team plays American Football. 31.10.2019. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 19, United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas, USA, Preparation Day. Photo credit should read: XPB/Press Association Images.


There couldn’t be two more different sports than Formula One and football. The NFL and the FIA might control two of the fastest growing sports in the world, but there’s no way they’re in the same league. Despite that, there’s an unlikely friendship emerging from these two sports- Daniel Ricciardo and Josh Allen.

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Josh Allen and Daniel Ricciardo explain the similarities in their sports

Oct 10, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

A former Red Bull driver, Daniel Ricciardo, has come a long way since his early days in red and purple, and is now part of Team Papaya. The McLaren speedster and Lando Norris form a super team that dominated in Monza, picking up a P1 and P2 finish. However, it looks like Lando is out of the best friend slot, as in comes Josh Allen.

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The Buffalo Bills’ quarterback is having a meteoric season that will most likely end with his team qualifying for the playoffs. The Super Bowl is a long shot, but the Bills’ destructive offensive line-up has what it takes to go all the way. Speaking to Marty Smith on ESPN, Ricciardo and Allen talked about the similarities in their sport and how winning a race comes close to winning the Super Bowl.

Allen said, “Both of our seasons are fairly long, and you have to stay patient and you can’t let the last race or the last game define what you’re going to do; continue going forward. I don’t know how to explain it, it’s just there’s so much going on that somehow when you’re in that driver’s seat or when you’re in the huddle, everybody is looking at you and you have to control your feelings, control your emotions and figure out the best plan of action.”

Ricciardo continued, “There’s dealing with the pressure, the split-second decisions we have to make those on talk. And you have to make them multiple times during a game. It’s that process and how do you get yourself there. What do you do pre-game? How do you stay calm? How do you block out all the noise?”

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Is this friendship making Lando Norris feel left out?

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo celebrates winning on the podium with second place McLaren’s Lando Norris and McLaren CEO Zak Brown REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Fair to say, both Allen and Ricciardo have a fair understanding of their respective sports. This would make both NFL and F1 fans quite happy, encouraging cross-sport viewers. If there’s anyone who wouldn’t appreciate this budding friendship, it’s poor Lando Norris.

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We understand what you feel, Lando. We’ve all been there. But coming back to the new best buds, we hope their next ventures bring them success. Allen and the Bills get a week seven bye, which means he can watch Ricciardo run rampant in Arlington, Texas.

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As for Ricciardo, he will have his hands full at the US Grand Prix. Can he replicate his Monza success, or will he succumb to the championship leaders Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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