Watch These Formula 1 Drivers Send It In Their First Monster Truck Race
Who doesn’t love monster trucks? They’re loud, powerful, and watching them crush a bunch of cars never gets old. It doesn’t matter if you are five years old, or seventy-five years old, monster trucks make us all feel like kids again.
So what would happen if we take a pair of monster trucks, and pair them up with two professional Formula 1 drivers? You get two full-grown adults having so much fun that they forgot they were supposed to be racing in the first place!
Prior to the Austrian Grand Prix, hotshot rookie Yuki Tsunoda of Japan, and Formula 1 World Champion Max Verstappen of Belgium decide to have a little fun exhibition by racing each other in a pair of monster trucks held at the bottom of the Erzberg mine in Erzberg, Austria. As part of the (Un)Serious Race Series, members from the Scuderia AlphaTauri and Oracle Red Bull Racing teams face-off against each other in unique vehicles outside of their high-tech Foruma 1 race cars like Swamp Buggies, Reverse Racing and Caravan Racing.
Formula 1 Cars vs Monster Trucks
Certainly a departure from the kinds of cars these two drivers are used to. The duo tackles the trucks’ unorthodox handling, misfiring the engine, having dirt and mud splattered in their faces, and even getting a little airborne off the opening ramp. Given that these Monster Trucks are ten feet tall, sixteen feet long, and pack 500 horsepower, Max and Yuki definitely have their work cut out for them. Even a single monster truck tire (1,400 lbs) weighs as much as an entire Formula 1 race car (1,798 lbs)!
Check out how Max and Yuki duke it out for the Austria Mega Truck Grand Prix championship below!
“I’ve never really done anything properly offroad. I have driven my dad’s rally car, but that was more on the tarmac,” says Verstappen. “Honestly, the approach of my qualifying lap was to survive! It was a lot of fun,”.
Who Won The Monster Truck Race?
The qualifying rounds were definitely a fun sight to see as Max edged out Yuki by three seconds, putting him in first position for the final race. However, the tables turned in Yuki’s favor in the finals after a stroke of bad luck caused Max’s monster truck to misfire, causing him to only cruise along the track while Tsunoda took home the win.
Embracing the fun of the challenge, Tsunoda joked about the strategy that secured his victory. “I had a good start and used my momentum to the end. Unfortunately, he had a bit of misfiring… well actually I put a bit of water into his engine, but don’t tell anyone!” sais Yuki. “That strategy worked, and I wanted to defend my first place from the first Unserious Race Series with Daniel.”