Revealed: Why Fernando Alonso Plans to Do Helmet Swap With ALL F1 Drivers This Year

Published 06/25/2021, 7:48 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso walks the track ahead of Steiermark Grand Prix REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


Helmet swaps are fairly common in F1, and Alpine driver Fernando Alonso is carrying it out in full swing this year. Having previously swapped lids with Sebastian Vettel, George Russell, and Nikita Mazepin, the Spaniard has now added Nicholas Latifi to his list. However, he doesn’t plan to stop there.

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Ahead of the Styrian Grand Prix this weekend, Alonso strolled down to the pit lane to swap helmets with the Canadian driver. After the swap, the two-time world champion revealed his lid swap plans for the season; he wants to swap the helmets with every driver on the grid for his museum.

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Now I’m freer in a way to enjoy every weekend here: Alonso

According to Autosport.com, Alonso revealed that he left F1 because he had other challenges such as Daytona, Le Mans, and IndyCar on his mind. He also believed after 18 years in F1, it became too demanding for him.

However, having explored (and conquered) other racing disciplines, the Spaniard believes he can enjoy the challenge of Formula 1 once again.

Until I was not doing those challenges, I thought that I was losing time in F1, some of the last seasons before ’18. So once those challenges were completed, now I’m freer in a way to enjoy every weekend here,” said Alonso.

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Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 18, 2021, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during practice REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

You know what atmosphere we have now, what motivation we have in the team in Enstone, in Viry – the hard work that everyone is putting in, how we approach every weekend, how we approach the little success that we have some weekends, and how we approach the bad moments in some other weekends.

“We are all united in the same direction, and this feels very good every week,” said Alonso.

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