Friday, 07 August, 2020

Norris reveals special helmet design for British GP

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Cary Erickson | 02 August, 2020, 16:52

Lando Norris will use a special Formula 1 helmet design created by a six-year-old girl for this weekend's British Grand Prix following a competition.

The fan's name, Eva Muttram, is also written at the bottom.

Back in March, Norris launched a competition where fans could submit their own helmet designs - with the chosen victor being the McLaren driver's helmet for this weekend.

This is a little different though as, rather than using a professional design to cover his head, Lando has instead picked one from a 6-year-old fan named Eva - and it's exactly what you'd expect a 6-year-old F1 helmet design to look like. "It wasn't that I couldn't drive, it was just something I was a bit more hesitant about thinking what happens if it does come up in the race?"

Ahead of the August 2 British GP, though, Lando chose to just have a chat with his audience and unveiled a new helmet with a pretty unique design.

Norris said the design reminded him of the doodles he did as a child.

"This is the victor".

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"Eva was the victor - six years old - who came up with a very original design. All this glitz and glamour and sparkly bits and swooshes and cool stuff, I just went with something that reminded me of me when I was young".

The English driver shared images to Twitter with the message: "My helmet design for this weekend!"

While the F1 season was on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, Norris was among several drivers who gained popularity while streaming on Twitch. "Hopefully, in some other races, we can do some more of this and more competitions".

"We went through a huge amount of designs, probably thousands of them", he noted, "so thanks to every single person who took some time and did a helmet design and sent it in".

Norris in particular had a growing fanbase and at one point he managed to attract over 100,000 concurrent viewers on the streaming platform.

The 20-year-old has already broken Lewis Hamilton's record to become the youngest British driver on an F1 podium after finishing third in Austria.