McLaren F1 Drivers Looking to Go ‘Retro’ Style With Helmet Designs in Monaco

Published 05/17/2021, 2:17 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 29, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys

McLaren F1 team are gearing up for a retro-style outing at the Monaco Grand Prix later this weekend, sporting their classic Orange-Blue livery on either of the cars and their entire race kit.


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This is primarily to pay homage to McLaren’s association with Gulf Oil, which started back in 1968. Hence, considering how important this weekend could turn out to be, both Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo will also tweak their helmet designs to carry out a perfectly retro look to their outfit.


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So far this season, Norris has preferred to go with a crash helmet design that carries a combination of green and blue, similar to his Quadrant E-sports team.

Meanwhile, for the Australian, it has been the green, purple, and orange letterings with grey in the backdrop.

What did Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo say?

As reported by Race Fans, the Briton opened up that he is yet to see the final outcome of his one-off helmet design for the Monaco GP.

I actually hope it arrives in time. Because quite often they don’t,” he said.

So, what could possibly be the design? Well, Norris added that his helmet will have “a Gulf livery, my design but Gulf colors. And a bit retro old-school. A bit of a throwback. I think it will look pretty cool.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 18, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and McLaren’s Lando Norris after finishing in first and third respectively Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

Meanwhile, Ricciardo reckoned his design might not particularly look like the Gulf livery, but clarified that he would still go “retro” that will coincide with McLaren’s history.

I am going to go retro,” he said. “Still with McLaren history, not necessarily like a Gulf livery.

Looks better than the current McLaren livery: Norris

The two-time podium finisher told his boss, Zak Brown, that he likes the one-off racing livery more than their usual papaya colors.

I said to Zak it looks even better than our current livery. But he didn’t sound so convinced by that,” he said. “But I think it’s awesome, I think it’s a cool opportunity for both of us and especially at Monaco. I think it brings it all together, and it’s pretty unique.


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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – McLaren’s Lando Norris in action during the race REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Overall, a highly enthusiastic weekend awaits the British racing outfit on the classic streets of Monaco. Along with the new design, both the drivers have found their form. Hence, a lot of positives to consider in the build-up to the weekend.

So, can McLaren manage to churn out a perfect finish to their retro weekend, by securing a podium finish or rather an unlikely race victory?


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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.