The brutal, visceral force of F1 power against manpower. The force of eight hundred horses against eight men.

As part of Bath Rugby’s new partnership with Red Bull this season, the double title-winning RB8 racing car took on Bath Rugby’s forwards in a scrum down at Farleigh House.

With 900kg of top-class rugby playing power to contend with, Red Bull enlisted an expert in dropping the full force of the RB8 at the right moment, and who better to take the wheel than three-time grand prix winner Daniel Ricciardo?


Even so, when greeted by a scrum featuring the likes of Leroy Houston, Henry Thomas and David Denton, Red Bull knew it would be a tight battle.

Commenting on the contest, England international tighthead Henry Thomas said: “It’s not every day you get to do something like that. We love testing ourselves on the biggest stage but not many players can say they’ve scrummed down against a Formula One car”.

Daniel Ricciardo added: “I was excited about the challenge as it’s definitely something I’ve never experienced before! Seeing the rugby players take their positions behind the scrum machine right in front of me was somewhat strange. But my competitiveness kicked in, the Honey Badger took over, and I was determined to beat them!”

So, how did the match up of irresistible force and immovable object go?