PUBLISHED: 14:31 GMT, 12 March 2014 | UPDATED: 22:28 GMT, 12 March 2014

Few vehicles can keep pace with a Formula One race car over any distance but here's one that may be in with a shout.

 

Reigning F-1 champions Red Bull lined up their latest driver Daniel Ricciardo alongside a Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet for a spectacular drag race.

 

The event was held at a military airbase near Melbourne ahead of the Australian Grand Prix so Aussie driver Ricciardo was the obvious choice to get behind the wheel.

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But there was only ever going to be one winner, and when the awesome power of the Hornet's two jet engines kicked in, it surged ahead before soaring off into the clouds.

 

It is Ricciardo's first season with Red Bull with the 24-year-old replacing fellow Australian Mark Webber. His teammate Sebastian Vettel's is the reigning world champion.

 

Red Bull, which is based in Milton Keynes have been struggling to adapt their car to the new rules for 2014 whilst maintaining their performance, with the biggest obstacle appearing to be incorporating the new turbo-charged 1.6 litre V6 engines with a host of energy-saving devices.

F-1 champs Red Bull line up new driver Daniel Ricciardo alongside Royal Australian Air Force jet.

Now that's what you call a drag race: Formula One race car takes on F-18 Hornet fighter jet