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Verstappen unveils new helmet: ‘Chosen for more old-school design’
For the new season, in which Max Verstappen hopes to win his third world title, the Dutchman has had a new helmet designed. “It’s a new season, so of course I have a new helmet. As you can see, we used different colors than last year, with red and blue. I opted for a more old-school design, with some lines and without the glitter. I’m going back to my origins. We have a few new partners as you can see. That is always very nice’, he says in a reaction to Verstappen.com.
The back of the helmet has also been updated, with of course a reference to his second world championship. “The back of my helmet is pretty tight and open. The helmet therefore looks good, I think the colors are beautiful. On the back is a small update, a second star. Looking forward to adding a few more stars, but for now I’m happy with these two! I am very happy with the end result of my new helmet.’
Interested in Schumacher before the start of the season: ‘Certainly, something is going on’
The 2023 season has yet to start and all drivers have yet to prove themselves worthy of their seat, but Mick Schumacher has no complaints about interest, he tells SPOX. “Some people have already shown interest in the winter,” says the German, who says that there is already movement. ‘Sure, something is going on. When the talks will start will become clear in the coming weeks and months. With the results I’ve shown, I’m sure there will be opportunities. My goal is to stay in Formula 1. There is no guarantee, but I am in a comfortable position and can get a lot out of the year.’
Drugovich and Vandoorne will also be joining McLaren as reserve drivers in 2023
McLaren has made agreements with Aston Martin about using their reserve drivers, Motorsport.com reports. In case Lando Norris or Oscar Piastri are not able to race, McLaren can use Stoffel Vandoorne or Felipe Drugovich. However, these two drivers are not the only ones who would possibly take to the track for McLaren. At the beginning of February, McLaren already announced that they have also made agreements with Mercedes, making it possible that Mick Schumacher could drive a Grand Prix as a substitute.
Gasly shrugs after Russell complaining about test days: ‘It is what it is’
George Russell was previously unhappy about the number of test days that Formula 1 gets, but Pierre Gasly is not very good with those words and remains sober towards Total-Motorsport. “Of course it would help if I was in the car for ten days, but it is what it is,” said the Alpine driver. “But I know that for my part I have done everything I can to work with the team, get to know them and communicate my requirements and needs. It is also about recognizing the habits of the team, so that a certain routine is created, which will certainly come. And I am confident that we can put in a good performance already in the first race.’