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Date set for second ‘Champions for Charity’ soccer game in honor of Schumacher

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A date has been set for the second edition of the ‘Champions for Charity’ soccer game in Germany held in honor of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher.

Seven-time world champion Schumacher retired from F1 at the end of 2012 before suffering a skiing accident the following year, leaving him with severe head injuries. He continues to undergo rehabilitation.

Ahead of last year’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, a special soccer match was held in Schumacher’s honor in Mainz, with Sebastian Vettel captaining a team of F1 drivers against NBA star Dirk Nowitzki’s side featuring a number of elite athletes.

The second ‘Champions for Charity’ game has been confirmed for July 3, with Nowitzki set to appear once again. The game will take place at the Opel Arena in Mainz, with proceeds going to Schumacher’s Keep Fighting Initiative and the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation.

Mick Schumacher, Michael’s son, will appear at the match once again, as will two-time F1 world champion Mika Hakkinen and German football legend Miroslav Klose.

“For me it is a matter of course that I am attending Champions for Charity. At last year’s match I barely stopped laughing, and it’s a good feeling to be able to support charitable initiatives,” Mick Schumacher said.

“This combination of fun and purpose is perfect in my eyes. I am glad that Dirk, along with all the other players and the spectators in the stadium can see it the same way; and I’m looking forward to an entertaining match.”

Hamilton, Red Bull teammates both go to NASA before USGP

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One of the more intriguing United States Grand Prix adventures occurred on Wednesday, as both Lewis Hamilton and the pair of Red Bull Racing teammates, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, all went to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston – in separate sessions – before heading onto Austin.

Hamilton posted on his Instagram story on Wednesday that he’d “quit his day job in a second” to work at NASA and become an astronaut, and the unbridled enthusiasm spoke to the three-time Formula 1 World Champion’s love of different life aspects entirely outside of racing.

“(I) had an incredible day yesterday, having a bit of a comedown today,” Hamilton said today at the FIA Press Conference. “I was just buzzed all day yesterday because it’s always been something I’ve wanted to do. It’s always something I’ve been fascinated about, space and space travel particularly.

“So to actually go there… and I had a million questions. I’m sure the guy got fed up with me. I asked a lot of questions and I got to see a lot of great things, some of the new technology they are working on and yeah, I want to go back.”

The Mercedes AMG Petronas team posted a gallery of Hamilton’s adventure on its website, linked here, and a few samples are below.

As for the Red Bull pair, the young duo of Ricciardo and Verstappen were equally awestruck by the experience.

“There really are a lot of similarities between this and F1, just the technology alone,” Ricciardo said. “I had a guest come to a race last year, when they got into the garage they were like: ‘this is like a space station’. We went to mission control here and it’s really like what we have in the Ops Room in Milton Keynes. Even the safety technology is similar. The astronauts go through the same measurements, a similar kind of HANS device etc. It’s really cool.”

Verstappen added, “There are quite a lot of comparisons, if you really want to talk about it we could go on for an hour! The control center looks pretty similar to ours. We share a lot of the same technology. It was really interesting for us to see that and I bet it would be the same if they could see ours.”

Here’s a link to Red Bull’s gallery and some teaser shots below.