On 6th March, Wings for Life officially launched its Formula One Challenge at the Royal Automobile Club and Christian joined the competitors to share his tips on teamwork.
The Wings for Life Formula One Challenge is now in its second year and sees companies race against one another to raise as much money as possible for spinal cord research. In return for their hard work they can earn much sought after rewards from The Team. The Challenge kicked off with a launch event attended by Christian, Wings for Life supporter Matt King and guests from each of the seven teams.
The Challenge runs from February until November 2014 to coincide with the Formula One season. Over the next nine months, seven teams will go head-to-head to try and hit the top fundraising total: Clarendon Engineering Supplies, Collyer Bristow LLP, Cotswold Outdoor, Mitsubishi Materials, MP Engineering Services Ltd, Rapid Engineering Supplies Ltd and Smyle.
The rewards they can receive will increase in value dependant on the money they raise and example prizes include the chance to have an Infiniti Red Bull Racing static car in their workplace and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Infiniti Red Bull Racing factory.
Christian attended the evening where he shared his thoughts on team work and team motivation:
"Wings for Life is a fantastic charity and it's doing great work to find a cure for spinal cord injury. That alone should motivate people. Creating an environment where your team can flourish is also key – at Infiniti Red Bull Racing we trust and invest in our people and this is evident across the whole team. On race day you see the shop window – it's everything that takes place behind closed doors which is critical."
Christian went on to stress that team effort is vital to success:
"When it comes to drivers, the difference between a great driver and a good driver is about 3 or 4 seconds. But it's that ability to deliver under pressure that separates good from great. The great guys always grab an opportunity with both hands and raise their game accordingly."
The night also welcomed Wings for Life supporter Matt King OBE who gave an emotional insight into spinal cord injury:
"At the age of 17 years and 15 days my life changed forever – I was a 17 year old boy trapped in a body that couldn't move. I was playing in my first game for the Broncos under-18 academy and we were away at Halifax. 20 seconds into the match I went in for a tackle, as I had done thousands of times before, and I immediately knew something had gone wrong. I couldn't move. I couldn't speak. I knew I'd broken my neck."
The winning team that raises the most money in the Wings for Life Formula One Challenge will be announced at the end of November 2014 and they will receive a driving session in the Infiniti Red Bull Racing simulator with guidance from a team expert.
100% of the money raised by the teams will go directly towards world class research aimed at finding a cure for spinal cord injury as the Wings for Life's primary corporate partner, Red Bull, pay the charity's overhead costs.
For enquiries or to sign up for the 2015 challenge please email: Hannah.firstname.lastname@example.org