Kobayashi's Linkin Park project raises cash

Kamui Kobayashi helmet

Kamui Kobayashi helmet designed with linkin Park input

Jan.3 (Sauber) A joint project between Sauber F1 Team driver Kamui Kobayashi and the rock band Linkin Park has been very successful: $ 19,000  have been raised for the one-off helmet with which Kobayashi raced at the finale of the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship in Sao Paulo.

The revenue from the online auction goes to the Japanese aid through the internationally renowned charity organisation “Music for Relief“, initiated by Linkin Park.

The idea was sparked by an encounter Kobayashi had with the band in September in Singapore. Joe Hahn, producer and band member of Linkin Park, personally designed the unique helmet.

Since 2005, “Music for Relief” has raised more than $ 5 million for disaster victims and environmental projects. Of this, $ 700,000 alone have been donated to Japan to help it deal with the consequences of the disasters that struck on 11 March 2011.