WATCH: Formula E Massa take on a falcon in Saudi Arabia

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Formula E driver Felipe Massa has found a new opponent: one of the world’s fastest animals, a peregrine falcon.

Massa was in Saudi Arabia ahead of the Saudia Ad-Diriyah E-Prix taking place between December 13 and 15.


The race between Massa and his Gen2 car and the falcon is the second time a Formula E driver has taken on animal, following a race in which reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne narrowly beat a cheetah in South Africa last year.

Formula E official website said that in response to feedback from fans calling for another Formula E-animal race, the challenge was accepted.

It added “with that, we took Felipe Massa (Venturi Formula E Team), attached a lure to the roll hoop of the Gen2 car and pitched him against a real-life peregrine falcon 90-kilometres south-west of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ad Diriyah - the site of the season-opening 2018 SAUDIA Ad-Diriyah E-Prix on December 15.”

“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.

"I like the fact that this idea came from the fans, and Formula E listened and accepted the challenge.

"The footage from the drive is very special and it was a privilege to take part.

"I’m looking forward to returning to Ad-Diriyah and to start racing. It’ll be my first race in Formula E and I’m eager to get behind the wheel again. I’ve missed racing and this series has shown to be one of the most competitive out there.”

The result? Well, find out for yourself in the clip below.

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