Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has announced ahead of the Barcelona Grand Prix that he will be auctioning off his one-off race-worn white Monaco race suit to raise money for Emilia Romagna after the Italian region was hit by deadly floods.
The sixth round of the Formula 1 season was cancelled after severe rain and flooding made it impractical and impossible for the event to go ahead.
Doing what he can to support the region, Leclerc is auctioning the rare piece of Formula 1 history from his home race, as well as his helmet, boots and gloves.
“After the tragedy that happened in Italy in Emilia-Romagna with the flooding recently, I decided to sell all my racing kits from my home Grand Prix, so it’s a very special one,” Leclerc wrote on social media.
“It was raining, so you can see everything is still a little bit dirty, but together with Sotheby’s, we have organised an auction.
“There will be four lots: the gloves that I wore during the race, the racing shoes that I wore during the race, of course, the racing suit, together with the fireproof underwear and finally, my racing helmet from the race.
“So I hope we can collect as much money as possible in order to help the people in need, thank you for the support and see you soon. Ciao.”
Working with auction house RM Sotheby’s, the chance to buy Leclerc’s outfit begins on 2nd June at 10am and closes at 5pm on 6th June.
Leclerc’s support for the region comes after his team and Formula 1 donated €1 million each to aid with the post-flooding recovery.
Alongside the donation, Formula 1 provided food and water to support residents after the tragic events that took place in Northern Italy and AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda was spotted personally working to clean up Faenza.