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Fighter jet’s winning Formula 1

Published on 19/03/2017 01:00 - By

A Formula 1 driver and a fighter jet pilot celebrated this week the third anniversary since their adrenaline-pumping race in the run-up to the Australian Grand Prix on March 12th 2014.

Watch the video to relive the thrilling showdown between Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo and Australian airforce (RAAF) pilot Michael Keightley, as they gave their all at a regional Air Force Base, near Melbourne.

Revving up on the tarmac was the Red Bull Infiniti RB10, weighing in empty at 690kg, with a maximum power of 760CV. Next to him on the runway was the McDonnell Douglas F/A 18 Hornet with a mass of over 10 tonnes, kitted out with two General Electric turboengines.

In case you didn’t know, the RB10 is capable of attaining a speed of over 195 mph (315km/h). While the US fighter jet can fly seven times faster, at nearly 1,370 mph (2,200km/h).

Of course, acceleration speed was a key determining factor. When the Formula 1 zooms off from the starting blocks, the fighter jet is left standing, as it races off to reach a speed of 125 mph (200km/h) in under five seconds.

But its lead is short-lived, as it only takes a few moments before the Hornet warms up and shoots overhead, up and off into the air. "The craziest part was looking in my mirrors and seeing a Hornet – I'm just used to other Formula 1 cars behind me," joked Daniel Ricciardo after the race.

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