Schumacher beaten by fighter jet

Schumacher beaten by fighter jet

Even six-time world champion Michael Schumacher had to concede defeat when up against the Eurofighter Typhoon but it was still a close fought battle. The novel event took place on December 11th at Grosseto, Italy, and pitted Schumacher and his ...

Even six-time world champion Michael Schumacher had to concede defeat when up against the Eurofighter Typhoon but it was still a close fought battle. The novel event took place on December 11th at Grosseto, Italy, and pitted Schumacher and his Ferrari F2003-GA against the Eurofighter Typhoon over three races. The first 600 metre sprint saw Schumacher claim the win at 264 kmph, 9.4 seconds to the jet's 9.6.

Michael Schumacher with his Ferrari F2003-GA against the Eurofighter Typhoon.
Photo by Ferrari Media Center.
However, the Eurofighter picked up its pace and took the next two duels. In the second 1200 metre race the jet made 14.4 to Schumacher's 16. 7, although the Ferrari hit 308 kmph. The final 900 metre stint saw the Eurofighter manage just two tenths ahead of Schumacher -- 13 seconds to 13.2 -- and again the Ferrari clocked 305 kmph despite the wet surface.

"The best race was the first!" Said Schumacher. "If it weren't for the rain we would have had more grip, but, in any case, the result was not important in this race! It was fun watching the plane take off from where I was sitting."

"From a technical point of view, the start was like a normal Grand Prix; if you take into account the difference in power between an aeroplane and the single-seater, these results could only have been expected. But it was a great event and a unique challenge. I hope the fans had as much fun as we all did!"

Ferrari vice president Pierro Ferrari awarded the prize to the winner and commented: "It was an exciting race and one I enjoyed very much as I love the aeronautical world. Apart from the result, the important aspect of the day is that we have demonstrated how Italy is able to produce winning technology in both fields. Today was the demonstration of the highest technology in two worlds, that of four wheels where Ferrari leads the pack, and the aeronautical sphere, in which Italy is at a very high level."

Filippo Berselli, Defence Under-Secretary, also enjoyed the show: "I would say that this is a day for Italian industry and for Italy," he said. "The new European fighter jet is an extraordinary machine, created with the intelligence and imagination of Italian industry, who, thanks also to Ferrari, have had a superb showcase in today."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher
Teams Ferrari