Motorsport and design fans can submit their design proposals from today on Nick Heidfeld’s official website at www.nickheidfeld.com for a helmet to be worn by the Lotus Renault GP driver during the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring (22th – 24th July 2011). After the race, the helmet will be auctioned off at the ’Spendenmarathon’ (’donation marathon’) organised by and benefiting the charitable foundation “Stiftung RTL – Wir helfen Kinder e.V.”.

Contestants can use a CAD (Computer Assisted Design) tool installed on the website – complete with colour palette, brushes and shapes. The users’ design proposals are shown in an online gallery, thereby entering the competition. The winning design will be displayed on a F1 helmet by manufacturers Schuberth and worn by Nick at the German Grand Prix.

“The competition allows my fans to express their creativity and come up with a unique design for my Nürburgring race,” explains Nick. “I’m very much looking forward to seeing the results of all this creative input. Two years ago, when we first launched a helmet design competition we received more than 9000 entries, it was overwhelming,” he remembers. “This time I chose the motto ’Black-Red-Gold’, because I’ll wear the helmet in Germany and our current car is painted like that, too.”

“Together with Jens Munser, who has been designing my helmets over the past years, we’ll choose the best entry. The winner of the competition will personally hand the new helmet over to me in the paddock of the Nürburgring on Friday. That will certainly be a great moment,” adds Nick. “The winner will be my guest at the Nürburgring, receiving two tickets valid for the whole F1 Grand Prix weekend, including accommodation.”

After the race, the helmet will be donated to RTL for the broadcaster to auction it off for its charity foundation ’Stiftung RTL – Wir helfen Kindern e.V.’ within the context of this year’s ’Spendenmarathon’. Nick supports this charity initiative wholeheartedly: “It’s important for me to support this initiative on a sustainable long-term basis and do something meaningful. Therefore, this helmet will be auctioned off during the RTL ’Spendenmarathon’. Of course I hope that this auction will benefit the child relief projects of the RTL foundation.”

The auction is supported by Unitymedia GmbH and Schuberth GmbH.

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