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Formula One Stars Take Photos To Raise Money For Great Ormond Street Hospital (PHOTOS)

11/01/2014 08:26 | Updated 02 April 2014

The sight of a camera pointing their way is part of daily life for the world's greatest racing drivers but that hasn't stopped them getting behind the lens themselves - and all for a good cause.

Stars of F1 came together last season to raise funds with Zoom for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSHCC) by taking their own photographs with cameras supplied by Nikon.

Drivers and team principals of every F1 team were asked to take a photograph and the images, ranging from Fernando Alonso’s podium shot of the Monza crowd to Nico Rosberg at the wheel of an historic 1938 W154 Mercedes, will be signed and auctioned by Coys on 7 February in London.

They give a brief glimpse of the world view of those at the sharp end of F1 both on and off the track, something that many on the outside rarely see, if at all.

The photographs will also be collated in a special edition book, published by Vision Sports Publishing, which will go on sale ahead of the 2014 F1 season.

Here is a selection of the images that feature:

  • Fernando Alonso
    "I took this photo on the podium at the 2013 Italian Grand Prix. Stepping onto the Monza podium is always a special feeling, as it’s the only one where you can feel all the love that the fans have for the team and it’s the best prize at the end of the weekend."
  • Franz Tost
    "I took the photo in Singapore this year. As the only night race on the calendar it represents the sport’s ability to think of new ways to make the overall show more interesting. The guys here are carrying out one of the thousands of practice pit stops they do during the course of a season and it highlights key elements of the sport, namely speed, precision and teamwork."
  • Lewis Hamilton
    "Brazil is the last race in the calendar each year. It's also the home of my idol Ayrton Senna so coming back here every November is really special and makes me realise how privileged I am and how much I have to be grateful for. This year I stopped off in Rio before going to the track and visited the Christ the Redeemer statue. It's amazing how this statue looks over, and after, the whole city and the view is incredible. These moments remind me how blessed I am to have the best job in the world. God is the greatest."
  • Martin Brundle
    "Kimi's front Pirelli after he spun off in Suzuka."
  • Nico Rosberg
    At the wheel of the 1938 W 154 in Stuttgart. Self portrait.
  • Paul di Resta
    "I took this photo during the drivers' parade in Singapore. It's a rare moment before the race when you really get to soak up the atmosphere and feel buzz from the fans. It's one of the best events of the year and this photo helps sum up the spectacular nature and challenge of the track."
  • Sebastian Vettel
    "I enjoy the mountains very much, they give me a lot of freedom and many possibilities for sports activities. It’s especially great in winter time when I can go skiing. The “Red Wall” in Austria’s Vorarlberg is awesome. I went there with my family for my first ever skiing trip and just love to come back there. I feel at home and can relax and enjoy!"
  • Stefano Domenicali
    "Our drivers, together. In this sport teamwork is the most important thing and in Ferrari, we have a great team, made up of people who are progressing together and who can now show what they are capable of."
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