Suzuka, 6th of October 2011
HRT Formula 1 Team driver, Vitantonio Liuzzi, will pay respect to the victims of the earthquake that struck Japan’s northwest coast in March this year by wearing a special edition helmet in their honour.
This will be Tonio’s sixth special edition helmet provided by Kaos Design this year and is named “Embracing Japan”. The base of the helmet is white, as a tribute to the Japanese flag. There is no excessive colour or design as a sign of purity and respect towards the Japanese people. The red circle which symbolizes the rising sun appears on the right and left flanks of the helmet with two hands, and in the middle the writing “We are here with you” is engraved in gold. This message is to show that Kaos Design, Bell, Tonio, HRT F1 Team and the whole of Formula 1 is behind Japan.
Once the Grand Prix has finished, Tonio will sign the “Embracing Japan” helmet and donate it to “Save Japan”, a foundation backed by Kamui Kobayashi among many other Japanese drivers and riders, which aids victims of the earthquake. The helmet will be auctioned with all benefits proceeding to the Japanese Red Cross Society.
McLaren on Facebook:
With one hour to go until P3, the sun is shining here in Suzuka. Check out the welcome we received when we arrived at the circuit this morning 🙂 We’ll see you on the McLaren.com Pitwall in 60 minutes for live commentary from the final practice session – http://www.mclaren.com/formula1