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Massa, Hamilton and Ricciardo take on the ice bucket challenge (VIDEO)

Aug 22, 2014, 6:46 AM EDT

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Following in the footsteps of a number of other racing drivers and celebrities, Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa and Daniel Ricciardo have become the first F1 drivers to take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge over the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.

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.

Massa was the first of the F1 drivers to step up to the challenge, before nominating Ricciardo and ex-Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso (who is yet to have completed his effort).

Ricciardo stepped up to the plate in front of the Red Bull Energy Station at Spa, taking on three buckets of water before nominating Hamilton.

Finally, Hamilton completed his challenge today after FP1 in front of the Mercedes garage.

For more information on ALS, visit the ALS Association’s website.

  1. techmeister1 - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    While it’s nice that all of these athletes are supporting ALS some folks have come to understand that this challenge has some potentially serious health consequences with severe thermal shock to the body. Maybe they should use cold but not ice water for the challenge and donate money also? That would be a win-win without risking serious injury to anyone taking the challenge.

    • cdawgredface - Aug 22, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      I’m assuming you are absolutely joking. Just wanted to let you know the humor did not translate well via written word. Makes it hard to tell if you were joking or if you are the joke. But I’m sure it’s the former.

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