Valtteri Bottas Unveils Special Helmet for Brazilian GP & It’s the Most Typical Design from Mercedes F1 Driver

Published 11/12/2021, 7:02 AM EST
Motor racing – Formula One – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Anton Vaganov


Two things come to mind when an average person thinks of Formula One, dangerously fast cars and lots of sponsors. Naturally, drivers don’t get a lot of opportunities to express themselves through their body or apparel except for one thing; their helmet. Ahead of the race in Brazil, Valtteri Bottas revealed his helmet.

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In a video posted by the Mercedes driver on Twitter, he explains his thought process and messaging for his Brazil Grand Prix unique helmet design.

Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of coffee beans, so the Finn took the opportunity of paying tribute to the country while expressing his love for coffee.

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“I just wanted to appreciate coffee, because I love good coffee and it’s a big passion for me.” 

The helmet is beautifully decorated by the different graphics depicting coffee beans, coffee plants,  methods of making coffee, coffee art, and a special message on the back.

“First I Drink The Coffee Then I Do The Things”

Bottas claims this is what he does.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 10, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas celebrates after winning the race REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Valtteri Bottas looking to bounce back in Brazil

In Mexico, Bottas had arguably one of the worst races of his career.

After securing pole position, Bottas immediately went behind ‘enemy’, Max Verstappen (who won the race eventually) and then he suffered a crash, an eternity long pit stop and a finish outside the points.

A miserable race got even worse when Toto Wolff blamed him for Verstappen’s first lap move.

So, Valtteri Bottas may have a thing or two to say when he gets behind a falling Mercedes car in Brazil. He’s had a mix set of results, with a win in 2017, a P5 in 2018 and a DNF in 2019 at Interlagos. But this year, the stakes are as high as they can be.

The necessity of a great race, and by great it means a 1-2 finish great, cannot be overstated for Mercedes. Both Mercedes and Bottas will hope to get all the coffee energy (and porridge) to at least finish both cars on the podium.

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Bottas, who is leaving the German team, will have dual objectives on his mind, one for his team and one for himself.

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Lucky for Mercedes that the directions of both these objectives are the same, a great result.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A Graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for the better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in the future.

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