‘There’s a Plan in Place’ – Lando Norris Teases Special Helmet Designs for 2021 F1 Season

Published 02/04/2021, 6:00 AM EST
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY – Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 walks in the Paddock during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Lando Norris has completely recovered from his Coronavirus scare and even visited the factory earlier this week. As the young Briton makes his way back to the Woking team’s headquarters, Lando spelled out a few reasons for his excitement and things to look forward to this season.

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The Briton has a special love for designing his helmets and working with different designers and individuals to create something memorable. In 2020, the young Briton was set to design a special helmet for every race.

As 2021 rolls in, Lando is eagerly looking forward to designing his race helmets again. “While I’m not going to be doing quite as much this year, there’s a plan in place to do a handful of special, one-off helmet designs. We’re working on them at the moment, so watch this space!” he said.

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This was Lando’s helmet for the 2020 British Grand Prix. Eva, a six-year-old created the design in a competition. Lando claims it reminded him of his young self scribbling away and used the design for the weekend.

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The young Briton is also very eager to get his hands behind the McLaren 2021 car, the MCL35M. It’s been a while since Lando raced a Formula 1 car and claims he can’t wait to once again push his limits.

“I’ve driven the MCL35M in the simulator, but I can’t give you any clues about what it’s like to drive. It feels like ages since the last race in Abu Dhabi; I can’t wait to go racing again and push one of the fastest cars on the planet to the limit,” he said.

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The team fired up their Mercedes power unit engine at their Woking factory. The Formula 1 community is excited to see how the Mercedes powered McLaren will fare this season.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – AUGUST 04: Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren during the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on August 04, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)

Only two months to go before the 2021 season kicks off at Bahrain Grand Prix. With Daniel Ricciardo as the new teammate, Norris will take more of a leadership role. The Briton will hope to help McLaren continue the momentum from 2020 and sustain their “Top 3” position.

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Do you believe McLaren can maintain their last year’s position or do you reckon they will rise up or fall back down to the midfield?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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