Former Red Bull Racing teammates Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have each donated a race helmet they took to a podium finish over the course of the 2013 Formula 1 World Championship season to raise funds for spinal cord injury charity Wings For Life.
The items will be auctioned by Bonhams on 9 December.
Vettel has elected to donate what is probably the most precious of the eighteen different helmet designs he wore over the course of the season: the lid he wore when he drove to victory at his home Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. The signed and glittering helmet reflects the German national colours and will be a prized addition to a die-hard fan’s collection.
“This is one of my favourite helmet designs from this season and it goes without saying that this was one of the most special races for me – my first ever home win,” Vettel said.
“Just as the race meant a lot to me, Wings for Life does too and it’s my pleasure to donate this signed and worn helmet for auction. I hope it raises a lot of money for their vital spinal research projects.”
Webber – who retired from Formula 1 at the end of the season – has chosen two helmets: the helmet he wore when he finished on the podium at the Italian Grand Prix, as well as the helmet he wore en route to fifth place at the preceding race in Belgium.
The Australian is also donating an Alpinestars race suit worn during the season, which he has signed as well.
Listed as four individual lots, the items will be sold to the highest bidder at a live auction at Bonhams’ traditional end-of-year ‘Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia’ listing, which also includes other Formula 1 merchandise and a screen-worn Niki Lauda race suit and helmet used for the making of the RUSH Formula 1 film.
Buyers can pre-bid on any of the listed items by visiting the Bonhams’ auction page at this link.
All proceeds from the Red Bull Racing lots will be donated to the Wings for Life charity, which funds cutting-edge research projects and clinical trials across the globe aimed at accelerating progress towards a cure for spinal cord injury.