1990 Mika Salo Signed Race Used Lazer Macau Grand Prix F3 Helmet
Very Rare Lazer helmet worn in 1990 by Finnish driver Mika Salo for two International F3 races, one in Macau and the other in Japan. Racing for Alan Docking Racing in a Ralt RT34 Mugen-powered car, Salo would finish in the Macau Grand Prix ahead of drivers the likes of Mika Hakkinen and Heinz Harold Frntzen and second only to an upcoming German driver named Michael Schumacher. He would place eighth in the Euro-Macau-Fuji-Challenge Cup at the Fuji International Speedway in Japan.
Salo started his long successful racing career in Formula Ford. Racing both in Finland and in the UK at the famous Festival held at the Brands Hatch Circuit. In 1989 he moved up to the competitive British F3 Championship. In 1990 he finished 2nd behind fellow Finn, Mika Hakkinen in the final drivers standings.
After a four year stint in the Japanese Formula 3000 Championship, Salo would enter the world of Formula 1 racing with Lotus in 1994. His first full season in F1 came in 1995 with Tyrrell, where he would remain until the end of the 1997 season. In 1998 he was signed with Arrows and in 1999 subbed in for the injured Ricardo Zonta at BAR. However a greater opportunity arose when Michael Schumacher broke his leg in a crash at the 1999 British Grand Prix and Salo was picked to replace him for two races. In the second race with Ferrari at the 1999 German Grand Prix, Salo led the race and would have scored his first GP win but team orders demanded that he give the lead to teammate Eddie Irvine, who at the time was fighting for the championship.
Salo would end his F1 career with stints at Sauber and Toyota teams but would go onto greater success in many international Sportscar events. His relationship with Ferrari remained strong as he secured numerous victories including two at the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Lemans plus the 2007 American Le Mans Series Championship. He was also a race winner at at the famous Bathurst circuit in both the 12 hour Endurance and Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercar races.
This Lazer helmet is in Mika Salo’s iconic blue and white colours of the Finnish flag. It was painted by Marty Design and has red accents along with Salo’s name on the back, and Camel branding logos on the top front and on both cheeks. There’s an ADVAN branding logo on the sunstrip and Ottos branding logos within the white band across the chin area.
Lazer is the oldest helmet manufacturer in the world, dating back to 1919, and their helmets are very hard to find in the collectors market. They were also used briefly in F1 by Derrick Warrick and Yannick Dalmas. Don’t miss this very rare opportunity to add one to your collection today.
The helmet is personally signed by Salo and comes with a Hall of Fame Collection Certificate of Authenticity.