Infiniti Red Bull Racing drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have each donated a helmet from a podium-win race in the 2013 Formula One season to raise money for spinal cord injury charity Wings for Life at a Bonhams Auction on Dec. 9.
Vettel has chosen a helmet worn at the 2013 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. In this memorable race – his first home victory since he started in Formula One – Vettel took race lead from turn one and finished on top of the podium. Uniquely designed for each race, this signed and glittering helmet reflects Germany’s national colors of black, red and gold.
Webber has chosen two helmets – one worn at the 2013 Italian Grand Prix in Monza where he finished on the podium in third. The other was worn at the 2013 Belgian Grand Prix in Spa where he finished in fifth place. Webber has also donated a signed and worn Alpinestars race suit for the auction.
This season, Webber announced his retirement from Formula One after 12 years of competing. Webber made his debut in 2002 with Minardi, and has been with Red Bull Racing since 2007.
Both lots will be sold to the highest bidder at a live auction as part of Bonhams’ traditional end-of-year sale of Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia in Oxford, UK. Buyers can bid online, by telephone or attend the event in person. One hundred percent of the money raised from these unique Formula One items will go directly toward cutting-edge research aimed at finding a cure for spinal cord injury.
Wings for Life is the title charity partner of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, and its logo is featured on both Red Bull Racing cars. Infiniti Red Bull Racing drivers Webber and Vettel, along with Formula One legend David Coulthard, are also ambassadors for the Wings for Life charity.
Four-time World Champion and Wings for Life ambassador Vettel commented: “This is one of my favorite helmet designs from this season, and it goes without saying that this (Germany) was one of the most special races for me – my first ever home win. 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.”