Charles Leclerc to honour father and Jules Bianchi with helmet design
Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc is to honour his father and Jules Bianchi with a special helmet design at this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.
Under current Formula 1 regulations drivers are permitted just a single one-off design per season, and Leclerc has opted to take advantage at his home event.
Leclerc will discard his usual design for a half-and-half approach in order to pay tribute to both his father and Bianchi.
The youngster’s father, Herve, was an occasional competitor in French Formula 3 in the 1990s but passed away in 2017, while Leclerc was racing in Formula 2.
Bianchi, meanwhile, was Leclerc’s godfather, with their respective families holding a close connection.
Bianchi, whose sole Formula 1 points came in Monaco with Marussia five years ago this weekend, died in 2015 as a result of the injuries he sustained in a crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.
Half of this helmet is Jules' one and the other half is my father's one. Without these 2 I would not be here. Let's give it all for this special week-end. 🇮🇩 pic.twitter.com/OW702VmLqY— Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) May 22, 2019
Leclerc last year ran his father's helmet design at Monaco, when he competed for Sauber.