Thursday, July 5, 2007

Red Bull Charity action

When David Coulthard and Mark Webber roll down the Silverstone pit lane at the start of Friday free practice, their Red Bull Racing RB3s will be sporting a unique one-off livery. The "Faces For Charity" initiative was announced at this year's Monaco Grand Prix with the aim of raising money for Wings For Life, a charity that supports research into a cure for paralysis caused by back injuries. The charity was set up by Austrian motocross rider Heinz Kinigadner. A total of 30,000 photos were uploaded onto a special web site by fans who have pledged money to the charity. These photos were then turned into finished artwork, transformed into decals and applied to David's and Mark's cars. The stickering process was complicated by the fact that the British GP weekend follows straight on from the race in France. Coulthard's car was rushed back to the UK on Sunday night so the work could begin, with Webber's car following on the race truck. Fans chose where on the car they want their photo and a template for each car was produced before being printed onto one large sheet of vinyl. Of course, the race engineers had their say, which is why there are no decals on the front and rear wings and the leading edges of the various parts are also devoid of stickers, to ensure the aerodynamic integrity of the cars. In the build up to the British Grand Prix, some of the fans who have their photos on the car were invited to the Red Bull Racing factory in Milton Keynes to see the livery going on the cars. The final part of the stickering process will not be completed until Wednesday in the team garage at Silverstone.

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