The FIA’s #RaceAgainstCovid auction has raised almost €2m with all proceeds to be donated to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The online-only auction, in conjunction with RM Sotheby’s, featured 95 pieces and VIP experiences that were donated by the motorsport community.
The auction itself, which raised €944,392, was added to the €1,000,000 already donated by the FIA Foundation to the charities that are part of the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The piece that received the largest bid was the McLaren MP4-24 show car, which was created for display purposes to promote the team’s 2009 machine, raising €73,000.
The other highest bids were the Eau Rouge sculpture by Paul Oz, Damon Hill’s 1995 race suit and helmet, and a Race of Champions buggy which both Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel drove.
“Almost 2 million euros raised by the #RaceAgainstCovid online charity auction organised by the FIA and RM Sotheby’s to benefit the IFRC’s global COVID19 response: that’s a substantial achievement,” said FIA President Jean Todt.
“Thanks to all donators and bidders, notably the FIA Foundation, for their generous contributions.
“In addition to this auction, I remind that the partnership between FIA and IFRC against COVID-19 includes a preventive health support for the motor sport restart, and a reinforced cooperation between FIA Member Clubs and Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies.
“In these difficult times, health, mobility and sport must walk together. We join forces in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and our FIA Sport and Mobility Clubs’ network will play an important role in this collective effort.”