AP Photo/Siobhan Threlfall.
AP Photo/Siobhan Threlfall.

F1 to auction special experiences for Aus bushfire relief

By Alan Baldwin Time of article published Jan 22, 2020

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LONDON - Formula One, whose 2020 season starts in Melbourne on March 15, has announced an auction to help the areas most affected by the Australian bushfires.

The sport said in a statement that drivers, teams, partners and the governing body were contributing exclusive items and experiences to be auctioned from Wednesday, and running through to February 16.

The Items include racing gloves and shoes used by Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo last season, his first with Renault, as well as race suits worn by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Alex Albon in 2019.

What's more, some teams have offered factory visits and meet-and-greets in the Melbourne paddock, with drivers and team principals including six-times F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto.

The FIA governing body will provide a hot lap of the Albert Park circuit in Formula One's official safety car, as well as a visit to the race control centre during the grand prix, while dinner with Formula One's managing director for motorsport Ross Brawn is also up for grabs in the auction.

"Australia has always been and will continue to be a very special place for Formula One," Formula One's owner said in a statement.

"The Australian people are an integral part of our tight-knit community and we send our condolences to everyone affected by the awful fires."

Lewis Hamilton has already announced that he is donating US $500 000 (R7.2 million) towards the rescue and care of wildlife caught in the horrific fires. 


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