Formula 1 unites for annual charity match

By on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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The annual charity football match between Formula 1 drivers and the opposing celebrities – a mix of current stars and former players – took place on Tuesday evening at Monaco’s endearingly old-school Stade Louis II.

The Formula 1 team - Nazionale Piloti - was captained by Williams’ Felipe Massa, with the starting line-up including Manor’s Will Stevens, Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr and Force India pilot Sergio Pérez.

The ‘Star XI’ was captained by Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic and included former Premier League ace David Ginola and Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen.

The Formula 1 squad started brightly, with Ivan Capelli dominating the midfield, ably aided by Massa on the right wing and Pérez up front, with Sainz Jr offering support down the left wing.

Pérez cut back and struck a sweet curling shot with his left foot but after a bright start the Formula 1 side faded, despite the best efforts of striker Giancarlo Fisichella.

The Star XI raced into a 3-0 lead, the first aided by a mistake by the pink-booted Stevens, deflating the hopes of the Formula 1 drivers taking another victory.

German racing driver Maro Engel scored a consolation goal for the Formula 1 squad, while Roberto Merhi, Esteban Gutiérrez and Pascal Wehrlein also came on as substitutes. GP2 driver Johnny Cecotto – known for his on-track antics – also made an appearance and immediately fouled a rival, before getting a talking to from the referee!

Prince Albert of Monaco was warmly greeted by fans at the stadium as was American celebrity Paris Hilton.

The match was held in aid of Star Team for Children, which helps the underprivileged around the world.

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