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Unique Vettel and Ricciardo Helmets on offer at End-of-Season Auction

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Unique Vettel and Ricciardo Helmets on offer at End-of-Season Auction
Nov 18, 2014, 4:05 PM

Fancy a unique piece of racing history? As part of  Red Bull Racing's traditional end-of-season fundraiser, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricci...

Fancy a unique piece of racing history?

As part of  Red Bull Racing's traditional end-of-season fundraiser, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo are auctioning two of their helmets from the 2014 season in aid of the spinal cord injury charity Wings for Life.

Four-time world champion Vettel has selected two iconic helmets used variously in Monaco, Japan, China and Russia, with each boasting an iconic livery produced by Jens Munser Designs.

The first was perhaps Vettel’s most memorable helmet of the season and was worn at the Monaco Grand Prix, his 100th race for the Red Bull team, and in first practice in Russia.

The famous ‘bronze’ design helmet has a very thin layer of metal coating, which is actually lighter than most helmets with normal paint and was intended to replicate the headgear worn by warriors throughout ancient history.

The outgoing champion’s second choice for auction was produced in co-operation with the artist Christian Achenbach. The helmet is covered in cascades of colour designed to portray "dynamism, energy and expressed movement" and was worn by Vettel at the Chinese Grand Prix and during the Russian Grand Prix weekend.

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Three-time race winner Daniel Ricciardo has also donated two helmets including one worn during his successful Canadian Grand Prix weekend, when he scored his maiden F1 victory.

All helmets are signed by the drivers and presented in a Perspex display case with an Arai packing box and a Red Bull Certificate of Authenticity.

The helmets will be auctioned at the Annual Bonhams Auction in Oxford on 7 December. Buyers can bid online, by telephone or attend the event in person. One hundred per cent 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.

Bonhams kindly waive their fees for Wings for Life and full auction details including how to bid outside the UK can be found on the Bonhams Website.
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