Red Bull Racing dominated the 2013 season in Formula One, but it had an awful time in Australia last weekend with Sebastian Vettel retiring from the race and Daniel Ricciardo being disqualified. Before the grand prix ended with such a whimper for the team, though, there was apparently some time to blow off steam, and they did so by lining Ricciardo in his Red Bull up against Royal Australian Air Force pilot Flight Lieutenant Michael Keightley in an F/A-18 Hornet for a drag race. Ricciardo and Keightley say that there is a lot of similar hard work and perseverance to drive an F1 car versus being a fighter pilot.

Even with a little wheel spin, the Red Bull gets a good start, but is it enough to beat the Hornet? Scroll down to see what wins in a heads-up drag race between the car and the fighter plane.


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      gtv4rudy
      • 9 Months Ago
      Hornet+2x50,000hp engines vs F1 car+750hp....?
        TopGun
        • 9 Months Ago
        @gtv4rudy
        Just a guess…the F18 weights a tad more than the F1 car.
      asdf
      • 9 Months Ago
      I feel really old after watching that.
      Petrol
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'm on the middle of deciding between these two... except not a millionaire for one of them.
      Julio Arreaga
      • 9 Months Ago
      That's last years car, right?
      Mbukukanyau
      • 9 Months Ago
      I did not know there were Hornets outside of the US Navy. But then again, UK is our Europe beachhead
        justgoawaymad
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Mbukukanyau
        Did you read the article??? Royal Australian Air Force
          Mbukukanyau
          • 9 Months Ago
          @justgoawaymad
          And who is the Head of state on Australia?
          kickars
          • 9 Months Ago
          @justgoawaymad
          Indeed both the UK and Australia have the same head of state, ie HM the QE II. However, both the UK the Australia are sovereign states. You can say because they share the same head of states and since that head of states lives in the UK, therefore Australia belongs to the UK. Same goes to Canada, New Zealand... I know sometimes it is very difficult for most Americans to understand the logic behind this. In fact, most Americans find it difficult to understand most thing are different from what the US has. But, the world is bigger than and much older than the US believe it or not.
          Cayman
          • 9 Months Ago
          @justgoawaymad
          @kickars-- Uh, I think pretty much all Americans do in fact realize that the world is older than the US. But what you don't seem to understand is that the world is also in fact older and bigger than every other country as well. I guess that blows your mind. Also I'm not sure what having the same figure head as head of state matters here, they are certainly not the same country. And even if they were, that doesn't put Australia in Europe.
        brian.talmage
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Mbukukanyau
        The Hornet is sold to lots of NATO and other allied nations.
          KaiserWilhelm
          • 9 Months Ago
          @brian.talmage
          Not really, only a handful of nations have the F-18. Mainly Canada, Australia, and Finland. The F-16 is sold to just about anybody though.
        Goatman
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Mbukukanyau
        RCAF's frontline fighter is the CF-18 Hornet as well.
          Daniel D
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Goatman
          Now your going to make him found an atlas and see where Canada is!
          Hek!
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Goatman
          Yea, we only have like 70 though. Compared to the US & their something well over 1,000 fighter jets. :P
        Mark Fraser
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Mbukukanyau
        In addition to Canada and Australia, Switzerland and Spain fly the Hornet too.
        elanjacobs
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Mbukukanyau
        Welcome to "the world"
      Jerome Barry
      • 9 Months Ago
      U.S. must promote the sale of the most advanced warplanes to the 'best' allies. Egypt, yes. Pakistan, no. Any English speaking country is certainly welcome to the best we've got. Otherwise, Lockheed and Boeing wouldn't be able to pay the finest hamsters in the world to keep spinning their wheels. This also explains why U.S. cannot characterize recent Egyptian political events as a "coup".
      Holdon
      • 9 Months Ago
      Already been done on Top Gear. A group of airplane enthusiasts, the RAF, took on the Bugatti Veyron and kicked the proverbial a$$. These pathetic copy cats need to try something different. As was said about the fighter jet (a Euro Fighter Typhoon), "All in all quite a handy bit of kit." Once again, Red Bull proves itself to be, well ... Bull.
        rl.shaffer
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Holdon
        I'll say it again and again. It's cool this is why they do these things over and over. Fast cars, Fighter Jets why are you even on this website if your complaining about this stuff. Come on really?!?!?!
      chrismcfreely
      • 9 Months Ago
      This has been done so many times, with so many car/jet combos, and it is always so stupid and pointless. It must take a lot of work, why do they do it?
        rl.shaffer
        • 9 Months Ago
        @chrismcfreely
        CAUSE IT'S COOL!!! END OF STORY!!! If you know the outcome which you seem to then don't watch it.
      k_m94
      • 9 Months Ago
      It looks like an F1 car is quicker to 60 mph or even maybe 100 mph, because jets seem to have a slower start getting up to full thrust, also without the benefit of using traction to accelerate like a car, which results in more immediate acceleration than thrust. But a fighter jet will accelerate without letting up until it's way past the sound barrier, while even an F1 car's acceleration begins to peter off somewhere early into triple digit speeds. Regardless, this race has been done countless times with everything from Corvettes to Veyrons and the result is the same.
      Brex
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'm surprised to hear that the fighter pilot struggled in school and wasn't a university graduate (maybe I got that wrong). I always thought they were degreed officers from the top of their classes.
      Bernard
      • 9 Months Ago
      Should have used a Thrust SSC
        Hek!
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Bernard
        The Thrust SSC has the turning circle of a WWII battleship though.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 9 Months Ago
      F1 is cool, but money no object it would be tough to beat an F18. I'd want to spring for one of the newer super hornets of course. Light that afterburner, rattle those windows.
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