Daniel Ricciardo to auction off special helmet to raise funds for victims of devastating floods in
The helmet will then be auctioned off, with the profits donated to floods relief efforts across Australia.
Daniel Ricciardo (right) will wear a specially-designed helmet for the Australian GP this week
‘Everything will go to the Red Cross’ flood relief appeal,’ the eight-time Grand Prix winner said at a media event on Thursday.
‘I’m trying to just help rebuild the communities that have been affected [by the floods] and use our platform for good.’
Designed by Melbourne artist Reko Kennie, the helmet draws inspiration from the Yarra River and celebrates the Victorian capital’s diversity, Aboriginal culture and identity.
‘The use of blue and green honours Birrarung [the Yarra River], which holds enormous cultural significance to the original inhabitants and owners of Naarm [Melbourne],’ Kennie said.
The helmet will be auctioned off, with profits going towards flood relief efforts across New South Wales and Queensland
The helmet was designed by Melbourne artist Reko Kennie (left), who said it celebrates the Victorian capital’s diversity and inclusivity.
The use of blue and green holds enormous cultural significance to the original Aboriginal communities that settled in Melbourne
‘The eye-catching colours result in an urban camouflage pattern that celebrates my Aboriginal culture and identity.’
Torrential downpours continued to pummel Australia’s east coast on Thursday, with Sydney receiving almost a month of rain overnight.
According to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, 48 inches of rain (1,227 millimeters) have fallen on Sydney in the first four months of the year. By comparison, the New South Wales capital receives an average of 47.5 inches of rainfall over the course of an entire year.
The heavy rain is the third weather system to have battered the east coast in the past six weeks alone, with entire towns across southeast Queensland and northern New South Wales left devastated by the precipitation.
Ricciardo will be hoping to give Australians something to cheer about this weekend at a new-look Albert Park.
Two corners have been removed and five others widened in a bid to offer more overtaking opportunity, a process in which the McLaren driver had significant input in.
Ricciardo finished 14th in Bahrain and retired in Saudi Arabia (above)
‘The idea was to try and open it up and just to make Sunday a bit more exciting and try to have more overtakes,’ he added.
‘As a race now you’re going to see a totally different Sunday here in Melbourne.’
The 32-year-old is desperate to get his season back on track after finishing 14th in Bahrain and having to retire in Saudi Arabia.