Williams rookie George Russell has unveiled a special half-and-half Juan Pablo Montoya-inspired helmet design to use at this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.
The upcoming event is the 1,000th World Championship event in the history of the sport and, to mark the occasion, drivers have been given a free pass regarding their helmet design.
Since 2015 drivers have only been permitted one change of helmet design per season.
Russell will wear a helmet featuring his own colour scheme and that of Montoya, who took seven wins in Formula 1 during the early 2000s.
Montoya spent the first four years of his Formula 1 career with Williams, having moved across from the American single-seater scene in 2001.
“My first ever karting helmet was an exact copy of my elder brother’s helmet,” said Russell.
“It was only about eight years later that I discovered the design was inspired by Williams legend Montoya.
“So, in honour of F1 reaching 1000 races, this weekend’s lid is half my Montoya inspired design from where it all began back in 2006 and half my current design from 2019.”