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Fans to design Heidfeld's helmet for Germany 10 Jun 2009

Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1. Formula One Testing, Day Three, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Wednesday 18 February 2009. Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1.09.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Turkish Grand Prix, Race, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Sunday, 7 June 2009

BMW Sauber’s Nick Heidfeld has launched a competition that gives his fans the chance to pen a special helmet livery, which he will use during his home race at the Nurburgring next month. Heidfeld and his long-standing designer, Jens Munser, will handpick the winning entry, before it is used to decorate a helmet supplied by manufacturing company Schuberth.

"The purpose of this competition is to allow my fans to give free rein to their artistic talents in coming up with a suitable design for my outing at the Nurburgring,” Heidfeld said. "I'm looking forward to seeing the results of all this creative input. I am always on the lookout for new ideas - in the case of my current helmet design, I got the inspiration from a snowboarder.”

However, rather than leaving his fans to resort to paper and pens, Heidfeld has created a special online design tool, which can be found on his official website. The tool not only includes a palette of colours for the would-be designers to choose from, but there’s also a selection of geometric shapes and brush tips that can be used to help with their handiwork.

The winning designer will be invited to the German Grand Prix paddock to present the helmet to Heidfeld ahead of first practice, before they take their seat in the VIP grandstand to watch the rest of the weekend action. When Sunday's race is over, the helmet will be presented to German F1 TV broadcasters RTL, who will auction it for charity.

Entry to the competition closes on June 28 and the German Grand Prix will take place from July 10-12.