In an attempt to ruffle a bird of prey’s feathers, Felipe Massa spread his electric wings ahead of next weekend’s opening round in Saudi Arabia of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E championship.
The former F1 driver challenged a peregrine falcon – the fastest animal on earth, capable of flying at almost 350 km/h – to a speed test.
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Thanks to a lure attached to the top of Massa’s Gen2 Formula E car, the falcon was enticed to chase the racer, but the Brazilian ultimately flew ahead.
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“It was an incredible experience for me to race against the fastest member of the animal kingdom — it’s not something I will forget in a hurry,” said Massa who will make his FE debut this week at Ad Diriyah with the Venturi squad.
Earlier this year, Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne pitted himself against a… cheetah, an amusing battle that pleased the fans who then suggested a fight – or flight – against the falcon.
“I like the fact that this idea came from the fans, and Formula E listened and accepted the challenge,” said Massa, who denied however the Formula E was for the birds…
Check out the video of the fast and furious confrontation:
Well fans, challenge accepted… and smashed! @FIAFormulaE @VenturiFE #VENTURI #ABBFormulaE pic.twitter.com/ROOiuAubpE
— Felipe Massa (@MassaFelipe19) December 10, 2018
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