Felipe Massa vs world’s fastest animal: Brazilian ready for flying start to Formula E career after racing a peregrine falcon

FELIPE MASSA is looking to get his Formula E career off to a flying start – after racing against a peregrine falcon.

Former F1 driver Massa has made the switch to the all-electric racing series, which kicks off this weekend in Saudi Arabia.

 Felipe Massa posed with the peregrine falcon he raced

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Felipe Massa posed with the peregrine falcon he raced

Now in its fifth season, the grid will swell to 22 cars and 11 teams while the new Gen2 race car is faster and will now last the duration of the race, meaning drivers will no longer need to swap cars mid-race.

The Ad Diriyah E-Prix will take place in the capital of Saudi Arabia and race around the UNESCO world heritage site.

And former Ferrari and Williams driver Massa cannot wait to compete in the growing series, which is attracting some of the best drivers in the world.

He said: “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.

“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.

 The peregrine falcon was in hot pursuit in Saudi Arabia

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The peregrine falcon was in hot pursuit in Saudi Arabia
 The showdown took place in Ad Diriyah

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The showdown took place in Ad Diriyah

“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.”

Massa will race for Venturi with Susie Wolff as team principle of the Monaco-based team.

After Saturday’s race, the track will host a test where nine female drivers will look to impress, as Formula E bosses have agreed to an extra test slot to teams that agree to run a female driver in addition to their regular racers during the one-day event.

FELIPE MASSA is looking to get his Formula E career off to a flying start – after racing against a peregrine falcon.