Inside Formula One: buy photos taken by F1 drivers

Lewis Hamilton photo for Zoom 2017 - charity auction of photos taken by the stars of F1
Lewis Hamilton: “Powerful Beyond Measure. An image of a stunning sunset on the beautiful islands of Turks and Caicos. Shot during the 2016 Formula One Summer Break.” Credit: Lewis Hamilton

The fifth annual Zoom auction of photographs taken by the stars of Formula 1 takes place this Friday (February 3).

Drivers and heads of teams including F1 world champion Nico Rosberg, Daniel Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Eric Boullier have submitted photos for the auction in aid of Starlight Children’s Foundation, the event’s official charity partner.

Throughout the 2016 season, F1’s drivers and team principals each took a snapshot of their world. The 2017 line-up will be auctioned by Coys in the ballroom of the InterContinental London Park Lane at a star-studded event on February 3.

Approximately half of the images are held for an online auction, in which anybody can participate. Head to to bid for a unique slice of F1.

Zoom, which has raised almost £100,000 for charity since it was launched in late 2012, is the only auction of signed photos taken by the stars of any sport. It gives fans a glimpse behind the scenes of the often cloistered world of top-level motorsport and also provides an insight into how F1’s superstars enjoy themselves away from it.

The photos are like personal postcards from the sport’s biggest names and they have been taken all over the world.

Felipe Massa: “Me and Jenson during the drivers' parade in Monza, where I announced my retirement from Formula 1. We’ve been racing together for almost 15 years now! I will definitely miss going wheel-to-wheel with him.” Credit: Felipe Massa

Starlight is the perfect match for Zoom as it has a long-standing relationship with Formula 1 and every year takes children to the Monaco Grand Prix to meet the drivers and soak up the atmosphere.

Bernie Ecclestone, until last week the chief executive of the Formula One Group, said: “Zoom is a super project. We are proud to be supporting it again, helping to raise money for charity while showing what the stars of F1 get up to away from the TV cameras.

"We're also very pleased to welcome Zoom's new charity partner, Starlight Children's Foundation. They do a fantastic job making sick children's dreams come true and it's great to see the kids every year at the Monaco Grand Prix. It's good to have them on board.”

Carlos Sainz: “Meerkats, my favourite animal! It’s a shame I travel so much, I’d love to have one as a pet!” Credit: Carlos Sainz

Starlight is national charity that provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices across the UK and grants wishes-of-a-lifetime for seriously and terminally ill children. As Zoom’s charity partner it will be the beneficiary of the annual auction of the F1 stars’ signed images, which will be auctioned at the gala event.

Christian Sylt, co-founder of Zoom, said: “We look forward to a successful partnership with Starlight Children’s Foundation and are delighted to be supporting such a worthy cause. Zoom is about more than just the photographs and the money raised can make a real difference to children’s lives. We would like to thank Bernie Ecclestone, the teams, drivers and the other participants, and all our partners for their support.”


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