Our two F1 drivers were unveiled as ambassadors for the spinal cord research foundation Wings For Life this afternoon.
In the Energy Station, in the Paddock of the Circuit de Catalunya, the pair were welcomed by Heinz Kinigadner - the man who established the charity with Red Bull CEO Dietrich Mateschitz – as representatives of the foundation.
It means our two drivers join former F1 stars David Coulthard, Gerhard Berger, Philippe Streiff and Base jumper Felix Baumgartner in publicly supporting Wings For Life.
Something Sebastian has already done for some time.
He said: “I am very proud to have been made an ambassador. Through my friendship with Heinz, and his son Hannes who has been bound to a wheelchair since a serious motocross crash in 2003, I have become involved with Wings for Life. The very manner of how the two handle their fate constantly impresses me. I believe in the important work of the foundation to make paraplegia curable.”
Mark said his own accident over a year ago made him appreciate more the need for care when recuperating. He said: “My injury was very minor, but it demonstrated that you need the right infrastructure around you. I’m looking forward to making a difference and it’s a great thing to have been asked to be a Wings For Life ambassador.”
For more information on the foundation and its mission to find a cure for spinal cord injusry, visit the Wings For Life website.