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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.

Ka-boom! NHRA Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon blows up brand new car body

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Former NHRA Funny Car champ Cruz Pedregon was a happy man coming into Friday’s qualifying for this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Morrison, Colorado (a suburb of Denver).

The reason Pedregon was feeling good was he had a brand new Toyota Camry body atop his Funny Car chassis. It was state of the art, it looked fast and it was prepared to run fast.

And everything really looked good as soon as Pedregon hit the gas in his qualifying run vs. Tim Wilkerson.

Well, for a few seconds, that is.

As the two drivers hurtled down the 1,000-foot drag strip, Pedregon’s brand new body was destroyed in a massive explosion.

Fortunately, Pedregon was uninjured.

Check out the big ka-boom: