Football, F1TM, and the Art of Fusion Hublot in Monaco
Two days before the beginning of the 75th edition of the Monaco Grand Prix, the World Star’s friendly football match brought together H.S.H. Prince Albert II as captain of the AS Star Team for Children and Felippe Massa, driver behind the wheel of the “Piloti” drivers team. Joining them on the pitch, stars of football, skiing, cycling and Formula 1TM to take each other on under the direction of Claudio Ranieri under the rhythm set by Hublot’s fourth official panels. To symbolise their solidarity for a good cause, the two teams wore specially designed Hublot kit. The winning goal was scored by the H.S.H. Prince Albert II Team.
23 May 2017 – Stade Louis II, Monaco
The World Stars Football Match Monaco has been taking place every year for 25 years on the fringe of the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix. A friendly match gathering around thirty celebrities and sports stars on the pitch. Led by H.S.H. Prince Albert II, the AS Star Team for Children combined the speed of the motorcycle racer Loris Capirossi, the Italian cyclist Claudio Chiapucci with the tactics of the international footballers such as William Gallas, Marco Simone, Olivier Dacourt, Ludovic Giuly, Patrice Loko and Francesco Toldo.
The team of H.S.H Prince Albert II held their own against the World F1 Drivers Association with a score of 2-1. A team bringing together all the talent and performances of leading drivers such as Mika Häkkinen, Mick Schumacher, Daniel Ricciardo, to name but a few, united alongside the driver Felipe Massa.
As with international matches at UEFA EUROTM, the FIFA World CupTM and on the margins of the UEFA Champions League final, the officials’ panel is Hublot branded at the edge of the pitch and advertising panels around the field also displayed the black and white colors of the watchmaking brand. A relay match, enabling all the players, fitted out in Hublot colored kit, to play in the game at the Louis II stadium. Celebrities and athletes united in solidarity for a good cause that let the strength of their football studs raise money for various charitable associations under the watchful eye of their coach, Claudio Ranieri.
At the stadium, on the pitch, and also in the streets of the principality, as the official timekeeper for the match, the Swiss watchmaker proudly shows its colors. It shared the billing on a hundred kakemonos with Ferrari, its long-term partner, which has made a promising start to the season thanks to victories in Australia and Bahrain, as well as a podium in China and in Spain and a double in Russia. This flying start has enabled Sebastian Vettel, Scuderia driver and quadruple world champion, to move to the top of the drivers’ championship. Hublot saw its spirit floating across the entire principality.