What we have here is a gratuitous display of power and speed, courtesy of two guys who both think they have the best job in the world. Granted, it's hard to argue with that description when it's applied to a Formula One driver and the pilot of an F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet.
Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo took on Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) pilot Michael Keightly at an air base Down Under because... why not? A fighter plane is probably the only thing cooler than an F1 car, and there's great footage of both here. Maybe the FIA should consider sanctioning plane vs. car racing.
Even with a bit of wheel spin, the F1 car gets the jump on the jet off the line. That's not surprising, given the Hornet's size and the time needed for its engines to get up to speed. Once the plane gets going though, it's another story.
Ricciardo was in his native Australia for the start of the 2014 F1 season, and to dedicate the Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy, a cooperative effort between Red Bull and the Japanese luxury brand to train the next generation of engineers.
Announced last year, the program will send three candidates on a one-year assignment at Red Bull Racing's base in the U.K., and they'll also work with Infiniti on road car development. Salary and accommodations, as well as a trip to the British Grand Prix, are included in the deal.