Formula E-driver Felipe Massa is racing against a peregrine falcon … but who has won?
Felipe Massa is racing on a peregrine falcon in the Formula E car … but who picked up the checkered flag when he encountered the fastest animal on earth?
- Massa tried to avoid a peregrine falcon in a Formula E car in Saudi Arabia
- Former F1 driver Massa has switched to the electric series for the coming season
- The peregrine falcon is capable of reaching speeds of up to 217 mph while diving for prey
It was the ultimate speed struggle between man and nature when Felipe Massa took on a peregrine falcon, the fastest animal on earth.
Former F1 driver Massa, who switched to the electric Formula E series for the coming season, tried to avoid the bird of prey in Saudi Arabia.
The peregrine falcon is able to reach speeds of up to 217 mph while diving for prey, making it the fastest creature in the world.
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Felipe Massa tried to avoid a peregrine falcon in a Formula E car in Saudi Arabia
Former F1 driver Massa has switched to the electric Formula E series for the coming season
The peregrine falcon is capable of reaching speeds of up to 217 mph while diving for prey
During the race, Massa drove the electric racing car through the desert with a bait attached to it, trying to evade the falcon’s claws.
It is the second time that an FE car has raced a notoriously fast predator – last year reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne took a cheetah in South Africa and narrowly won.
Fans demanded a rematch against another being and after feedback via social media, the peregrine falcon was chosen to compete with the former Ferrari racer.
Mass managed to shake off the bird and complete the course with the bait intact
However, man triumphed again, while Massa managed to shake off the bird and complete the course unharmed.
The Brazilian, who will be racing for Leonardo Di Caprio’s Venturi team in FE this season, said: “It was an incredible experience for me to race against the fastest member of the animal kingdom – it’s not something I will soon forget . “
The 2018-19 FE season starts on Saturday, December 15 with the Ad Diriyah ePrix n Saudi Arabia, in which Massa was involved for the first time after finishing his F1 career with Williams.
He said: “I look forward to returning to Ad Diriyah and racing. It will be my first race in Formula E and I am eager to get back behind the wheel. I have missed racing and this series is one of the most competitive there is. ”