During the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix, then-Toronto Raptors big man Serge Ibaka tried to squeeze himself into an F1 car and failed.
NBA players are among the biggest athletes in the world. While it may seem normal in the league, a 6-foot-10 big is considered to be a giant to most of the world. Standing so tall, there are some particular tasks an NBA player manages to find difficult.
Now, Los Angeles Clippers forward Serge Ibaka, standing at 6-foot-10, is among the biggest players in today’s league. Being a 2-time block champ, 3-time All-Defensive player and an NBA champion, it is safe to say that Ibaka’s huge frame has helped him lead a successful career as a pro basketball player.
Ibaka learnt this the hard way when he tried squeezing his way into a tiny F1 car and obviously failed miserably. On average, Formula One drivers are 5 and a half feet tall. Their cars are constructed in such a way that only the drivers find it comfortable to get in, drive the car for hours, and get back out of the car.
Serge Ibaka failed to fit in Fernando Alonso’s tiny F1 car
Back in 2018, during the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, then-McLaren driver Fernando Alonso gave Ibaka a tour of the team’s garage. At one point of the tour, the 6-foot-10, 235-pound forward, tried to squeeze himself into a 5-foot-6, 148-pound Alonso’s tiny F1 car. And as you may have rightly guessed, Serge failed to sit in the cockpit of the car.
Here, have a look at how the then-Toronto Raptor big man struggled to enter and exit the car.
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Unfortunately for Alonso, he had to retire his car after 46 laps of the 70-lap race due to an exhaust failure. Well, maybe letting a huge NBA player squeeze in his car managed to bring him bad luck?
However, for Ibaka, while being 6-foot-10 has numerous benefits on the basketball court, sadly, it is that big, if not bigger disadvantage in doing day-to-day tasks.