Following the example set by Felipe Massa, Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso has become the latest member of the Formula 1 paddock to take on the Ice Bucket Challenge in aid of the ALS Association.
This challenge has gone viral over the summer, raising millions of dollars for the ALS Association. ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, affects thousands of Americans, damaging nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, thus impacting muscle movement.
Participants are dared to pour a bucket of ice-cold water over their heads and donate some money to the fund, before nominating three people to do the same.
Alonso had been challenged by Felipe Massa and soccer player Juan Manuel Mata to film his effort and put it online, and the Ferrari driver was happy to following practice for the Belgian Grand Prix yesterday.
He then nominated Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, former F1 team principal Flavio Briatore and Spanish musician Placido Domingo to take a turn.
Massa also challenged Williams engineer Rob Smedley, and the Brazilian made sure that it was completed, pouring a glass of ice cubes onto his head in the team’s motorhome. You can watch that video here.
For more information on ALS, visit the ALS Association’s website.
Gabby Chaves is set to return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen International later this month.
The Columbian-American driver, who last competed in IMSA in 2016 – with the DeltaWing outfit – will sub for the injured Joao Barbosa – he hurt his wrist in a cycling accident earlier in June – in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.
Chaves will partner Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Cadillac.
Chaves expressed gratitude for being asked to fill in, but kept his enthusiasm muted, noting that he is getting the opportunity ultimately because another driver got hurt.
“The first thing is of course that you never want to have an opportunity because someone got hurt, so this is an unfortunate circumstance with Joao having his injury,”said Chaves. “But I appreciate the opportunity to join the championship-leading team. Mustang Sampling Racing has had a strong start this year and hopefully I can help the team continue to have those kinds of results.”
Chaves added, “I love Watkins Glen, it is a great track and I am looking forward to racing the Cadillac Prototype there. I’m excited to be going back to endurance racing. With different classes all racing at the same time, there is a lot for the driver to deal with as you work through traffic. So I am looking forward to racing at the Glen again, and I really appreciate this opportunity with Mustang Sampling Racing.”
Chaves’ most recent IMSA event was the 2016 Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, when he finished seventh in the Prototype class.
The No. 5 Action Express Cadillac currently sits tied with the sister No. 31 Whelen Engineer Racing Cadillac of Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr atop the IMSA standings, though Barbosa’s hopes of a driver’s championship are set to take an enormous hit with him missing Watkins Glen.