Charles Leclerc to honour father and Jules Bianchi with helmet design

Monaco helmet design of Ferrari F1 racer Charles Leclerc

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.

Leclerc last year ran his father's helmet design at Monaco, when he competed for Sauber.