While the majority of those in attendance at Silverstone this weekend will no doubt be hoping that Lewis Hamilton adds to his burgeoning reputation, at 30,000 assorted souls will be cheering the Red Bull RB3s of David Coulthard and Mark Webber.

That is the figure confirmed by the team as the result of the innovative 'Faces for Charity' initiative, which will see each car covered in a unique one-off livery made up of images supplied by supporters. The programme was announced at this year's Monaco Grand Prix with the aim of raising money for Wings For Life spinal injuries charity through pledges made by those wanting to see their photo - or those of loved ones, friends and even pets - racing around Silverstone at the British round of the world championship.

The photos were then turned into finished artwork and transformed into decals to be applied to the cars, although the stickering process was made more complicated by the fact that the British GP weekend follows straight on from the preceding race in France.

Coulthard's car was rushed back to the UK on Sunday night so that work could begin as soon as possible, with Webber's machine following on the race truck. As fans could choose where on the car they want their photo, a template for each car was produced before being printed onto one large sheet of vinyl. Of course, the race engineers had their say too, which is why there will be no decals on the front and rear wings and the leading edges of the various parts will also be devoid of stickers to ensure the aerodynamic integrity of the cars.

The final part of the stickering process will not be completed until Wednesday, when the finishing touches are applied in the team garage at Silverstone. As a result definitive images of the unique liveries won't be available until later in the week.

 

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