Vettel to race with gold laden helmet to celebrate fourth F1 world title
2 November, 2013
Sebastian Vettel’s helmet for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying and race days features 24 carat gold, the German newspaper Bild-Zeitung reports.
Not even a week after the German notched up his fourth consecutive Drivers’ title in India, he has travelled to the Abu Dhabi with a special helmet livery to wear for the race in celebration of the achievement.
Bild correspondent Frank Schneider said that the Red Bull driver’s helmet painter Jens Munser only needed two days to prepare the design.
But surely the gold leaf made the helmet much more expensive than usual for Vettel, who has reportedly been paid a €5 million bonus by Red Bull for winning the title?
“No, it costs €5 000, with or without the gold,” said Peter Burger, of Vettel’s helmet manufacturer, Arai.
During the Friday practice sessions, at Yas Marina Circuit, Vettel wore a special helmet designed by a Mexican fan. (GMM)
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