Bahrain - Seven times NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and double Formula One champion Fernando Alonso swapped race cars in Bahrain on Monday, with the 43-year-old American pretty sure he got the better of the deal.
While Johnson declared the V8-powered 2013 McLaren to be "mind-blowing" in braking and acceleration, Alonso found the Hendrick Motorsports number 48 Chevrolet a blast from the past with its V8 engine and steel brakes.
"Literally on the first outing, my helmet was trying to leave my head, and I was staring at the microphone in my helmet it was so high," Johnson told ESPN at the Sakhir desert circuit south of Manama.
"I was like, 'I don't want to stop but I think I should'.
"I got my helmet more under control, and then it was really my eyes trying to find their way far enough ahead and far enough round the turns..."