Charles Leclerc, who is currently fifth in the Formula 1 standings for 2019, is set to take the tracks in the Monaco Grand Prix. It will be a homecoming for the Ferrari driver, having grown in the Monte Carlo streets. As he is accustomed to the tracks, it increases his chances of making it to the podium.
Since it is a homecoming race for Charles, he will be wearing a specially customized helmet during the race. The helmet is a combined tribute to two people he lost in the past year – his father and his godfather. Leclerc posted the picture on Instagram and here’s what he said:
The helmet is an absolute beauty and will totally go with his red Ferrari car and suit. The 21-year-old took complete advantage of being at home to get his specially designed helmet. According to the new Formula 1 regulations, the drivers are allowed to have only one special design helmet.
What better than to ditch the regular design for a race in your home town. The design pays tribute to Charles’ father and Jules Bianchi, who was his godfather and a great friend. The helmet follows a half-and-half design with the left half dedicated to a design that was used by his father. His father Herve Leclerc raced in Formula 3 and competed on their home circuit in Monaco from 1986 to 1988.
The right half of this design is purely dedicated to Jules Bianchi, who was very close to Charles Leclerc. Jules died in 2014 after he sustained serious head injuries in the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.
It is not the first time there has been a design on the helmet, George Russell also had a special design in the Chinese Grand Prix this season.
Let’s hope that this helmet turns out to be lucky for Leclerc and he can make it to the podium if not take the pole position.