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Posted By: James Allen  |  30 May 2012   |  1:19 pm GMT  |  30 comments

The famous faces of Bernie Ecclestone, Niki Lauda, Damon Hill and David Coulthard are among those from the Formula 1 paddock that will appear alongside thousandths of those of fans’ on Red Bull’s cars at next month’s British Grand Prix.

The world champion team is running with special one-off liveries on its two RB8s over the course of the Silverstone weekend featuring collages of more than 25,000 pictures in aid of the team’s official charity, Wings for Life, which funds research into finding a cure for spinal cord injuries.

The Faces for Charity appeal has received some high-profile backing with F1 supremo Ecclestone lending his support to the campaign along with world champions Niki Lauda, Damon Hill and Sir Jackie Stewart, former drivers turned-TV pundits Johnny Herbert, David Coulthard and Anthony Davidson, ex-team owner Eddie Jordan and current Toro Rosso drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne.

With the slogan ‘Upload, Donate, Race’, fans can still ensure their face is part of the livery on Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber’s cars by going to the Faces for Charity website to make a €15 (£12) donation to the cause alongside uploading their photo of choice. Red Bull Racing is promising to match every donation made and all entrants will also be entered into a free prize draw to attend the race and get behind-the-scenes access with Red Bull.

Photos can be uploaded until 17 June 2012 – or until all the spaces are sold out.

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  1. goferet says:

    No, that can’t look right.

    A livery having more than 25,000 pics must look horrible in my opinion for won’t that look something close to the Earth Honda cars from a few seasons ago?

    I think it’s a bad idea maybe what Red Bull should have done is just plaster the name of their charity across their cars = more publicity besides who can identify their pic out of a sea of 25,000 on a small piece of surface.



    Meanwhile the fact that Red Bull are doing this campaign at Silverstone must mean they’re not going to win that race —> Surely!!!

    Alright then, that’s one box ticked and with Ferrari having won it last year, those are two boxes ticked —> Good!!!

    1. edward says:

      your wrong red bull won the British race.haha

  2. JC says:

    James, if you’re able to do it, I’d be interested in a behind the scenes video of how the cars are painted.

    I was under the impression that the cars were meticulously spray painted by hand. Certainly the last time Red Bull put pictures on the cars they used stickers to do it. The FAQ says that this time the pictures will be applied through the normal paint shop process. This must mean the process has progressed to a computer controlled one, which I have not yet seen a video on.

    1. Daniel MA says:

      I think all the cars and wings are painted with a base colour and then most of the sponsors are just stickers that they place before each weekend, Ferrari gave us an idea of how the cars would look without any stickers back in 2001:

    2. Trent says:

      I agree, that would be fascinating.

      I take it there’s no way of knowing where on the car your face will be? My sons pic will be on there, but I guess it’s going to be needle in a haystack to find it. Hopefully not on the underside of a wing or somewhere else obscured!

      Would be interested to know if anyone found their own pic last time.

  3. David Kent says:

    James, will we see your face on the car?

  4. JC says:

    Let’s face it (pun intended). The odds of seeing your face on these cars is pretty slim, so what’s really the point?

    1. Davexxx says:

      Pay them a million pounds and I’m sure you can have just your own face on the car!

    2. daphne says:

      The charity is the point!

    3. jb says:

      its all for charity, who cares if you can’t see your face while its on the track.

      the last face car has been on show at the past few goodwood festival of speed events

  5. Andrew Carter says:

    I remember them doing this with DC’s car in 08, it didn’t look particularly good on TV I have to say but if that picture at the top is anything to go by it’ll look pretty good.

  6. Tornillo Amarillo says:

    Those tiny pictures…

    People can talk:
    - “Hey, my picture is on a F1 car!
    - Oh WOW, you are famous, what a glamorous sport! May I be your girlfriend?

  7. Joe says:

    I think many of you are missing the point. This isn’t about making the car look good, this is a neat way to raise money for a charitable cause. I know many F1 fans who would gladly donate the amount needed to have your face on an F1 car (even if it is too small to ever be noticed) while also helping a charitable cause.

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  8. Andrew Cooper says:

    Aren’t you all missing the point! They are raising money for there charity if the put the name of the charity on the car why would the punters donate any money.
    Who cares what the car looks like i was a fan last time they did it. If they manage to win the race how cool to say my face was on the winning car.

    Good Job Red Bull!!!!

  9. stephen says:

    David Coulthard – are they serious?? He is the anti famous GP driver.

    More known for his blatant anti Schumacher rants while “commentating” than anything else.

    They should just paint a green eyed monster on the car if they want to invoke a global image of non talent Coulthard.

  10. Nadeem says:

    This is a great idea for a great cause. Who care’s if you can’t really see your face. The car stands out doens’t it. This is thinking outside the square. Look at Jeff gordon’s Nascar sponsor drive to end hunger- that’s just a logo. This gives more in your face promotion for a worthwhile cause.

    Good job Red bull

  11. Doug says:

    I’m on there somewhere … probably near the exhaust :)

  12. Bring Back Murray says:

    I make the assumption the mighty Murray is going to be on there!

    1. DonSimon says:

      Murray’s face is painted on all of the barge boards before they’re fitted. It’s sort of like a pagan thing. I understand it’s been done since ’85

  13. key1 says:

    It’s a good post.

  14. noahracer says:

    Great idea. Love to see a listing of the faces/locations on the car and some dynamite hi-rez photos of the bodywork.
    I commend RB for supporting a good cause.

    1. CJD says:

      Its not only a charity thing

      “Wings of life” sponsers medical researche

      It was founded by heinz kinigartner a austrian motocrossdriver whos brother and son are both Paraplegic after accident.

      So ever picture helps a bit to raise money for the reseache into “growing nervs”


      1. CJD says:

        Sorry wanted to reply to posting 8

  15. DB4Tim says:

    Wonder why my comments where removed

    1. James Allen says:

      Broke the rules probably – Mod

      1. db4tim says:

        Not a one!

  16. GlastoEls says:

    Fun idea – good charity – well done to all involved.

    Just signed up.

  17. Eddie says:

    +1 for a behind the scenes article.

    Awesome idea for charity so good on RB as they are matching donations dollar for dollar also.

    FAQs do say you get sent a link once the cars have been painted so you won’t catch it on tv but your mug will be on there somewhere :)

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