Gerard López, the head of Lotus owner Genii Capital, has paid £22,000 at a charity auction for a pair of race-worn gloves belonging to Ayrton Senna.
Senna wore the gloves in 1991 – the year he won his third and final World Championship title with McLaren – which were donated by former McLaren team manager and Senna’s close friend Jo Ramirez.
The auction occurred at the annual Motor Sport Hall of Fame awards event at London’s Royal Opera House, which raised a total of £92,000 for the Grand Prix Mechanics Charitable Trust.
The event, run by the Motor Sport magazine, also inducted five new members into its Hall of Fame.
Formula 1’s only father and son championship winners, Damon Hill and his late father Graham, were two of the inductees, along with three-time World Champion Niki Lauda.
Lotus’ founder, the late Colin chapman, was another inductee, as was Tom Kristensen, the winner of the most 24 Hours of Le Mans races in history.