Daniel Ricciardo makes his prediction ahead of Eagles v Chiefs Super Bowl showdown
His beloved Buffalo Bills may not be there but Daniel Ricciardo has picked out his favourite for the Super Bowl.
When he is not busy driving fast cars around the circuit, F1’s Ricciardo is known for being quite the sport enthusiast, especially when it comes to American ones.
In the past, he has shown his love of UFC but he is also a huge NFL fan, regularly attending games when he can and being a big Buffalo Bills fan.
February 12 sees the biggest game of the season when the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Kansas City Chiefs for the Super Bowl at the State Farm Stadium in Arizona and while his beloved Bills are not going to be there, Ricciardo revealed he would be in attendance.
“I’m actually going to be there next week, which is really cool,” Ricciardo told media including PlanetF1. “So that’s another perk about not racing this year. The upside is I will get to do some fun things which deep down I’ve wanted to do for a long time and scratch some itches.”
In terms of who he is backing to take home the Vince Lombardi, the Australian tipped the Eagles to fly.
“I’m a Bills guy so I wish they were there but I’m gonna say the Eagles,” the Red Bull man said.
“Early [in the season] I remember watching their games and I felt the defence was really, at least in my eyes, setting them apart.
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“I felt that was just such a strength and I feel like that will be the deciding factor in the Super Bowl.
“But for the record, I’m not a true analysis guy! So don’t take my word for it, but I feel the Eagles are going to win.”
While the Super Bowl is one of the biggest events on the sporting calendar, there is another going on this year in the States, the Las Vegas Grand Prix.
The race on the Strip is one of three F1 races set to go ahead in 2023 in the US and Ricciardo said the fact Red Bull chose to unveil the RB19 in New York was a “big statement.”
“I think it’s a kind of a big acknowledgement as to where the sport is right now and how quickly it’s grown globally but particularly in the States.
“I think that for sure the Drive to Survive series has kind of sped up, let’s say, the demand out here and three races, you know, like 11 years ago now, we didn’t have a US race and now we’ve got three in such a small time window.
“For me personally, I’ve loved it. I love coming out here. I really enjoy the States. Austin is wild and awesome.
“I remember the first time we went there, it was such a new experience. Obviously now Miami and Vegas. I think everyone’s really excited to see what happens.”