Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have each donated a helmet from a 2013 podium-win race to raise money for spinal cord injury charity Wings for Life.
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 – he took the 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 colours 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. Mark has also donated a signed and worn Alpinestars race suit for the auction.
This season Webber, who made his debut in 2002 with Minardi and has been with Red Bull Racing since 2007, announced his retirement from Formula One after 12 years of competing.
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. 100% of the money raised from these unique Formula One items will go directly towards cutting-edge research aimed at finding a cure for spinal cord injury.
"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," said Vettel. "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.
For more detailed information about the event visit wingsforlife.com and click on 'Latest'.