Lewis Hamilton puts Mercedes W11 rear wing endplate up for charity auction

Henry Valantine
Lewis Hamilton drives the Mercedes W11. Imola 2020.

Lewis Hamilton with the DRS open of his Mercedes W11. Emilia Romagna 2020.

Lewis Hamilton has signed a piece of rear wing endplate from his all-conquering Mercedes W11, and it is up for auction for charity.

Hamilton signed the part of his 2020 car, which propelled him to his seventh World Championship in quite dominant fashion – breaking many of Formula 1’s long-held lap records in the process, and is currently undergoing an online auction to raise money for Austrian charity Österreichische Sporthilfe, which provides support for both able-bodied and disabled athletes in the country.

After the 2020 season looked to have been on the scrapheap after the outbreak of COVID-19, a 17-race calendar was eventually organised by Formula 1 and the sport was able to get back racing in the months after the pandemic began.

And Mercedes’ creation proved to be among its most dominant in what was an already commanding era for the team, with innovations such as DAS (Dual Axis Steering) aiding straight-line speed and its downforce capabilities leaving its competitors well in its wake.

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Despite missing a race through contracting the virus himself, Hamilton won the title from team-mate Valtteri Bottas by a whopping 124-point margin, taking 11 race victories in what can reasonably lay claim to being the fastest car in Formula 1 history.

Now, a small piece of it is available for bidding, and it is estimated that the signed endplate could fetch up to €50,000 [£44,250] by the time the online auction comes to a close.

Bidding on the rear wing endplate closes at 5.05pm CET [4.05pm UK] on Friday 10 February, and you can view the current price or make a bid yourself on the United Charity website by clicking here.

Hamilton and Mercedes are gearing up for the launch of their 2023 challenger, the W14, as the Briton goes in search of a record-breaking eighth title and hoping to put a difficult year behind him, having gone a full season without a victory for the first time in his illustrious career.