F1 stars swap cars for cameras ahead of Zoom charity auction

Fernando AlonsoThe second annual Zoom charity auction is set to take place early next month as the biggest names in Formula One prepare to see pictures that they have taken go under the hammer in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The project sees a number of F1 drivers and leading personnel be given cameras with which they must take a picture – be it at the track or away from the paddock – that is then auctioned off for charity. All of the drivers that raced in 2013 have taken part as well as their respective team principals, whilst a number of the sport’s legends and world champions have also contributed a picture to the auction.

Furthermore, seven of the Nikon cameras used have been signed by Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen, Jacques Villeneuve, Jackie Stewart, Alain Prost, Damon Hill and John Surtees. These will also be auctioned off at a star-studded event in London on February 7th which will see the host of the BBC’s F1 coverage, Suzi Perry, lead proceedings. Motoring specialists Coys will administer the auction.

Following the auction, all of the images will be collated and put into a book. You can read Richland F1′s review of the edition from the inaugural Zoom auction here.

Ahead of the auction, Bernie Ecclestone said: “It has been done for a wonderful cause. The F1 Group has been supporting GOSHCC [Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity] for many years and we are proud to be able to help with the tremendous work they do.”

“Thanks to the support of the teams and Bernie Ecclestone, we are able to showcase a varied collection of photographs which encapsulate life inside Formula One,” Zoom co-founder Christian Sylt explained. “Every image provides a unique, insider’s view of motor racing and offers a rare opportunity for the public to own a slice of history and help support the incredible work undertaken at Great Ormond Street Hospital.”Nico Rosberg

Some of the images set to be auctioned have already been revealed. Fernando Alonso’s incredible picture of the crowd at Monza will go under the hammer, as will Lewis Hamilton’s image of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. It promises to be a glittering event that will raise a great amount for charity once again.

Contributors to the auction include Fernando Alonso, Cyril Abiteboul, Jules Bianchi, John Booth, Valtteri Bottas, Eric Boullier, Flavio Briatore, Martin Brundle, Jenson Button, James Calado, Karun Chandhok, Max Chilton, Stefano Domenicali, Bernie Ecclestone, Giedo van der Garde, Romain Grosjean, Esteban Gutiérrez, Lewis Hamilton, Johnny Herbert, Damon Hill, Christian Horner, Nico Hülkenberg, the family of James Hunt, Monisha Kaltenborn, Pastor Maldonado, Vijay Mallya, Felipe Massa, Sergio Pérez, Charles Pic, Kimi Räikkönen, Paul di Resta, Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Rosberg, Michael Schumacher, Adrian Sutil, Franz Tost, Jean-Éric Vergne, Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Martin Whitmarsh, Claire Williams, Susie Wolff and Toto Wolff.

Images courtesy of Zoom Charity Auction.

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