WATCH: Lando Norris Pays Heartwarming NHS Tribute With British GP Helmet Design

Published 07/15/2021, 1:56 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 27, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris before practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Customized helmets add a lot of pizzazz to a race. So far in this season, the McLaren drivers’ vintage-themed helmets, complimenting the iconic Gulf Livery, have been the most eye-catching.

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This weekend, the Brits on the grid are ready with their unique helmets for a big home race. George Russell revealed his lid earlier- proudly displaying the colors of his nation. Lando Norris took things to another level with his.

The ongoing pandemic has reached a point of normalcy no one expected. Subsequently, the spotlight that was once on the essential workers has been dimmed. Norris pays tribute to the hardworking men and women on the field with his simple helmet.

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He revealed his project on Twitter and it would be an understatement to say that fans were thoroughly impressed.

The helmet is also similar to the one he donned last season. The design was by a 6-year-old fan, doodled and scribbled all over. Lando sticks with his theme of being a man of the people with the simple “From us, to you: Thanks Key Workers.” Additionally, the 21-year-old is raffling it to donate to a foundation supporting key workers.

Norris really has a way with the fans. As compared to other drivers, he has a broader reach to his fans as a Twitch streamer. Norris’ humble and innocent personality off-track has made him an easy fan favorite.

Lando Norris and the Papaya fans

Lando Norris has one of the most likable personalities on the grid. And he absolutely flaunts it in post-race interviews and, more importantly, his Twitch streams.

The Netflix show, ‘Drive To Survive’, also gave an insight into the lives of drivers off the grid. The interviews and portrayals of Norris’ child-like innocence only built his fan-following.

Norris commented on his streaming, “I think that’s why I also stream a lot because people get to just see me. I’m just a normal guy who streams and plays games every day. I’m not this magical kind of guy.”

His Twitch streams further reflect who he is. From shaving his head live to hilarious pranks on his fellow drivers, Norris showed the world a different side to F1 drivers.

If that wasn’t enough, McLaren’s post-race special, ‘McLaren Unboxed’, further enhances Norris’ image. Lando was soon deemed to be the grid’s baby- a driver that needs to be protected.

However, the 2021 season showed us it’s not Lando that needs to be protected. Playing a bit like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Norris is an absolute monster on the track. In a relentless pursuit to the top, Lando is on a fast track to success.

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The British GP makes Norris one of three drivers celebrating a home race. This could be seen as added pressure, in a way with the stands at full capacity with expectant fans.

Norris also came excruciatingly close to pole position in Austria and is on his best season so far. Lando is fast, meticulous, and intent-making him a force to look out for.

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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