The likes of Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) and Fernando Alonso (McLaren) are bracing themselves for the final race of the season for their respective teams before switching their alliance. While the former will move to Renault for the 2019 season, the latter has announced his retirement from the sport and will move to Indy Car.
So to mark their final appearance ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the duo will don some unique gears, with their helmets being the most flashy point. The Australian – who usually has a honey badger on the back of his helmet – will see his mascot having those ‘Red Bull Wings’ around him. Taking to Instagram, the Red Bull Racing account quoted, “The Honey Badger gets his wings on for the #AbuDhabiGP”.
Fernando Alonso, who has been in F1 for 17 years now, will see his helmet having a design of the one he used to wear in his debut season; 2001. The two-time world champion with Renault, Alonso had a Spanish flag embedded on the side of his helmet 17 years back which was followed by a blue coloured pattern on the base. Adding to it, there will be a verticle strip in the middle of the helmet which will represent his 32 Grand Prix wins.
It was only a couple of days back when McLaren revealed they will have a special livery made for the Spaniard’s final race with the team before he waves goodbye to the sport. And this is the first time McLaren will use a one-off livery since the 1986 Portuguese Grand Prix where a car with the yellow-and-white combination was used for Keke Rosberg.
Meanwhile, newly crowned world champion Lewis Hamilton has shared his design as well. Ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix, the Brit showed off his new helmet which donned five stars; commemorating his five world championship (2008, 2014, 2015,2017 and 2018). And the 33-year-old has done it again for the final race of the season. This is what he posted: