Formula 1 has experienced a first this year with six world champions on the grid and Red Bull’s Wings for Life charity has organised a very special auction to reflect this unique feat.
The charity, which funds worldwide research into spinal injury, has managed to get each active title winner – Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Red Bull’s very own reigning champion Sebastian Vettel – to donate worn and signed race suits, along with other signed donations such as prints and race gloves, which will be put to auction to fans by Bonhams as part of prestigious London auction house’s annual sale of Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia.
Also included in the auction will be the special Wings for Life-branded nosecone from the 2008 RB4 that charity ambassador David Coulthard competed his final F1 race in at Interlagos, with the piece sporting the authentic war wounds from the Scot’s first-lap collision with Williams’s Kazuki Nakajima.
In terms of the cost of the respective lots, Schumacher’s race suit from this season, his last in F1, has been given the highest value and is estimated to be worth between £3,000 and £4,000.
Each lot in the auction will go to the highest bidder with would-be buyers able to join the auction online, by telephone, or in person on December 3.
Wings for Life ambassador Vettel said: “It’s been one of the most competitive seasons for Formula One drivers but we’re all willing to come together to support a great cause which means something to everyone involved with motorsports.
“I’m proud to have donated my race suit and gloves worn during the first race of this season in Melbourne.”
McLaren’s Hamilton added: “It’s fantastic that all the championship winning drivers are getting behind Wings for Life’s Formula One auction.
“We’ve all been in near misses and scrapes and we know that spinal injury can be tragic. I hope my signed race suit and gloves raise good money for Wings for Life’s important research.”