McLaren rookie Lando Norris seizes the opportunity at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza 2019: He devotes his helmet design to his “idol” Valentino Rossi. Particularly striking for its design is the Neo-Yellow Sun, which also bears the MotoGP legend on its own helmet. A nice gesture, but other pilots had this idea before him …
(Motorsport-Total.com) – McLaren rookie Lando Norris has become think of something special for the Grand Prix of Italy. He will compete in Monza with a special helmet design inspired by “il dottore” Valentino Rossi. He has also tuned his racing shoes to the yellow-and-blue design.
Already on the MotoGP race weekend in Silverstone, Norris claimed to be a big Rossi fan. Although the living motorcycle legend was twice world champion when the Brit
He was (**********************************************) – On the qualifying day at the British race of the In addition, he also covered Rossi merchandise items with his Yamaha box. With his helmet, he wants to pay tribute to the nine-time world champion.
On the special helmet is Rossi's trademark, the color neon yellow, dominated in the form of a sun, plus the contrast with blue. The permission for the tribute he has personally picked up at Rossi. “I talked to Valentino about this a while ago.”
“I finally had to ask him if I could do that.” In Rossi's native Italy, the Grand Prix offers the perfect opportunity. “This is a chance to make this race special.” Rossi has been his idol and hero since childhood, says Norris.
“It's more of a dedication to him then,” he explains. Even before the start of his Formula 1 career Norris has made no secret of his reverence for Rossi. He would have the start number 1999 , but he did not want to, because he did not want to copy the “Doctor”. He therefore drives with number 4.
Once a season drivers are allowed to change their helmet design. “I've always loved having my own design, I had a lot of different helmets, suits and racing shoes in the kart, and the number is limited in Formula racing, but even now I like having a special helmet or shoes.”
Norris is not the first pilot this year to be wearing a special helmet design. For example, Sebastian Vettel showed a design inspired by Bernd Schneider on the occasion of the Germany race. After the death of Niki Lauda also drove Lewis Hamilton with a commemorative design.