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Stars of Formula 1 unite for Zoom charity auction

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The likes of Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso may be best known for their accomplishments behind the wheel in Formula 1, but they have all moved behind the camera to raise funds at the upcoming Zoom charity auction.

Drivers, team principals and other notable figures in F1 were all asked to submit a photo they had taken across the course of the 2015 season.

All of the photos have been signed and will be auctioned off at an event in London on February 5 in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

Lewis Hamilton has submitted a picture of his beloved dog, Roscoe, sat outside the iconic colosseum in Rome.

Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg took a selfie with nine-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

“Like every year, I visited the Earl of March in Goodwood,” Rosberg said. “It was the morning after my 30th birthday, but the celebrations had not been too wild because my wife was pregnant at the time. I really love the Festival because I very much like oldtimers.

“I was sitting in the library when Valentino Rossi joined me and we ate lunch together. Before I had to get to my F1 car, we took this spontaneous selfie. We get along very well and it is rare to have time to chat in a relaxed atmosphere.”

Nico Hulkenberg poses with his trophy from the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.

“I took this photo at my house. It sums up my season in Formula One and with Porsche,” Hulkenberg said. “The Le Mans winner’s trophy is obviously very special to me and winning that race is probably the greatest achievement of my career so far. In the background you can see one of my Force India racesuits.”

NBCSN pit reporter Will Buxton has also submitted a photo for the auction, taking a snap from a shoot with Max Verstappen last February.

“I’d told everyone who would listen that I believed this guy was going to change everything,” Buxton said. “None of us, however, could have forseen the impact he would make on the sport in his debut F1 season in 2015. The question now seems not of whether Max Verstappen will win a Formula 1 World Championship, but when… and how many.”

For more information regarding the Zoom auction on February 5, visit zoom-auction.com and follow @ZoomAuction on Twitter.

Racing world reacts to Danica Patrick’s Daytona, Indy double news

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Here’s a sampling of quotes and social media reaction to Danica Patrick’s news announced earlier Friday that this would be her last full-time season as a driver, and that she’ll race in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 only in 2018.

This ends a full-time stretch in the top flights of NASCAR and IndyCar. She was in NASCAR from 2012 through 2017, and IndyCar from 2005 through 2011.

Her’s her own post on Twitter and Instagram.

Well…. 2018 Daytona 500 and Indy 500 here I come. 🙌🏼

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IMS President J. Douglas Boles

“We’re glad Danica plans to return to the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Her final career start will make what’s already shaping up to be a terrific Month of May even more interesting for our fans.

“It’s also fitting that Danica is wrapping up her career at the place and in the race where she became a household name and captured the world’s attention in 2005 – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500. We’re looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy car next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series.”

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