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Reliving the Day Michael Schumacher Raced His Ferrari Against a Fighter Jet

Rewind 10 years to the end of the 2003 season, and there are very similar parallels to today. A German driver had clinched his fourth successive drivers’ title and was almost unbeatable. Almost. Yes, 10 years ago today, Michael Schumacher was beaten in a race between his championship-winning Ferrari F2003-GA and an Italian Airforce Eurofighter Typhoon over distances of 600, 900 and 1,200 metres. The rules of the contest stipulated that the aircraft, which can reach Mach 2 when airbourne, had to keep its wheels on the runway as Schumacher raced alongside it on an asphalt track. As reported by the BBC at the time, the Eurofighter weighed in at just over 21,000kg, whilst Schumacher’s aerodynamically modified Ferrari came in at...

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