$125 million worth Charles Leclerc auctions his helmet and other F1 gear to help victims of the Emilia Romagna floods

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The Emilia Romagna floods have caused 17 deaths and displaced more than 50,000 people from their homes – enter Charles Leclerc.

$125 million worth Charles Leclerc auctions his helmet and other F1 gear to help victims of the Emilia Romagna floods

Charles Leclerc has decided to auction off the helmet that he wore during the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix. The helmet is really dear to the Ferrari man as it features a unique design paying homage to his father and mentor, Herve Leclerc but Leclerc has decided to sell it off for a noble cause. The helmet will be signed by Leclerc himself and offered directly to the highest bidder along with a letter of authenticity.

Charles Leclerc floods victims
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The amount earned from the Charles Leclerc sale will be used to help the affected families of the devastating Emilia Romagna floods which occurred in May. The bidding was opened on June 2 and continued till June 6.

It was eventually sold for 306,000 Euros, which is a significant amount that will go a long way in helping the victims of the floods. Besides the helmet, Leclerc also auctioned off his racing suit, boot and gloves that were used during this year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

The Emilia Romagna floods led to the postponement of the 2023 Imola GP

The fourth edition of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was postponed due to heavy flooding in Northern Italy which led to 17 deaths and displaced 50,000+ people from their homes.

The region has been devastated by heavy rainfall, thunderstorms, landslides and red weather warnings were in place for close to two weeks. Although the race has been officially ‘postponed’, it is unlikely that it will be rescheduled because the F1 calendar is pretty congested. It is unfortunate that we might not have an F1 race at the historic Imola circuit this season but organisers believe that this was the best possible decision considering the safety and well-being of everyone involved.

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

The decision was taken following a meeting between the F1 authorities and relevant political ministers of the Emilia Romagna region. In its official statement, the FIA stated: “The decision has been taken because it is not possible to safely hold the event for our fans, the teams and our personnel and it is the right and responsible thing to do given the situation faced by the towns and cities in the region. It would not be right to put further pressure on the local authorities and emergency services at this difficult time.” It is understood that the authorities will look for possible options to re-schedule the race but the chances of it taking place this season are ‘less’.

Emilia Romagna Floods
Emilia Romagna Floods

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