What happens when you pit the fastest thing on 4 wheels against the fastest thing in the sky? Daniel Ricciardo compares his incredible day job to that of a Royal Australian Air Force Pilot Michael Keightley with a runaround at a regional Air Force Base in Australia. Ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, home favourite Daniel Ricciardo took the Infiniti Red Bull Racing show car to the RAAF base at Sale to pit it against the astonishing power of an F/A-18 Hornet. With a top speed of 380km/h (Red Bull Racing show car) versus 2000km/h (Hornet), Daniel had his work cut out for him. But the Aussie held his own, making a quicker start than the Hornet, but once the Hornet built up speed, no amount of DRS was going to help.
"The craziest part was looking in my mirrors and seeing a Hornet – I'm just used to other Formula One cars behind me," Daniel said. Daniel and F/A-18 pilot, FLTLT Michael Keightley got the adrenaline pumping with an occupation comparison of larger-than-life proportions. "Having a chance to meet Dan was fantastic," Flight Lieutenant, Michael Keightley said. "It was interesting to talk about the synergies between our jobs, including the hard work and training we undertake to be able to deliver them". It can be argued that both have two of the best careers in the world. Although they have different crafts, they push themselves beyond what's possible on a daily basis.