Red Bull’s big helmet giveaway

Sebastian Vettel's helmet from the German Grand Prix this year.
Sebastian Vettel's helmet from the German Grand Prix this year.

Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have 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.

Vettel’s helmet of choice was the one he wore at this year’s 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, the 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.

He has also donated a signed and worn Alpinestars race suit for the Bonhams auction on December 9.

Webber announced his retirement from Formula One this season after 12 years of competing.

He made his race 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.

Buyers can bid online, by telephone or attend the event in person, and 100 per cent of the money raised from these unique Red Bull Racing items will go directly towards funding research aimed at trying to find a cure for spinal cord injury.

Wings for Life is the title charity partner of Red Bull Racing and its logo features on the team’s cars.

Webber and Vettel, along with Formula One legend, David Coulthard, are also ambassadors for the Wings for Life charity.

Four-time Formula One World Champion Vettel said: “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 race 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.”