Kobayashi to wear Linkin Park-designed helmet
24 November 2011 – Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi will be wearing a specially-designed helmet for this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, created by Californian rock band Linkin Park.
The Japanese driver met the band at this year’s Singapore race and the helmet has now been designed in aid of Japan, with the country having been hit by a calamitous earthquake, tsunami and consequent nuclear disaster in March of this year.
The design by band member Joe Hahn is supported by the band’s charity, Music for Relief, which has already raised more than five million dollars (£3.2m).
“I’ve long been a fan of Linkin Park,” says Kobayashi. “I love their music and I’m impressed by the band’s social commitment. I was thrilled to meet the musicians personally in the paddock when they were giving a concert at the Singapore Grand Prix.
“We’ve been in touch since then and I’m really pleased that Joe Hahn has designed a helmet for me. I hope that we will be able to raise a lot of money for Music for Relief to help rebuild my country.”
The helmet will be auctioned off after this weekend's race.