What Formula 1 Drivers Did on Their 2014 Summer Holidays
As the Formula One summer break draws to a close and the drivers and teams reconvene in Belgium, we thought it would be a good idea to check out what the drivers were up to on their holidays.
After scouring Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, we've put together a list of each driver's most interesting or exciting vacation activity. Of course, not everyone is on the list. Notorious social media holdouts Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen have not shared their holiday photos, and some drivers just did not do anything interesting—or at least they did not bother to post photos of it.
With that in mind, here is what the drivers have been up to for the last month, presented in reverse order of their current position in the championship.
Esteban Gutierrez celebrated his 23rd birthday on Aug. 5. I assume he wished for some points for Sauber when he blew out his candles.
Marcus Ericsson spent some time soaking in the sun and paddleboarding. Not much else to say about this.
Another birthday boy (25 on Aug. 3), Jules Bianchi spent some time with his family.
Bianchi is 16th in the drivers' championship, with his two points from Monaco keeping him ahead of everyone who has yet to score—and keeping Marussia ahead of Caterham and Sauber.
Felipe Massa became the first driver on the grid (as far as I can tell) to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. He nominated Fernando Alonso and Daniel Ricciardo to take the plunge next.
Jenson Button continued to indulge his passion for triathlons, travelling to the Philippines to take part in a 113-kilometre race. Button finished 11th out of 1,675 participants and second in his age group.
I guess there are no concerns over his fitness level for the second half of the season.
During a visit to his childhood doctor, Nico Hulkenberg learned that if the whole racing driver thing does not work out, he might have another career option. It looks like his doctor also scored a new Force India hat. Hulkenberg did not say if he traded it for the stethoscope.
Valtteri Bottas stayed in shape over the break by playing ice hockey with his friends from home. Raikkonen is another well-known hockey buff, but I do not see him in the photo.
In past seasons, second place may not have been something to celebrate for Fernando Alonso, but his performance in Hungary was his best of the season so far. It also may be all that Ferrari is capable of this year, so Alonso should take the chance to celebrate while he has it.
Even getting a blood test, Daniel Ricciardo cannot stop smiling. I guess if you were having the type of season the Aussie is having, it would be pretty hard to wipe the smile off your face as well.
Nico Rosberg and some friends visited Naples and, according to his Twitter feed, spent three hours searching for the best pizza in the city. What else are you going to do if you are a millionaire athlete with a month to kill?
Pizza is probably not on the training diet, but cut Rosberg some slack—he is leading the championship, after all.
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