All the new F1 driver helmet designs for 2024 Japanese GP?

Three drivers, including the hometown hero Yuki Tsunoda, have brought new helmets to Suzuka for the 2024 Japanese Grand Prix

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The Japanese Grand Prix is one of the most popular and celebrated tracks on the Formula 1 grid and is adored by drivers for it’s fast and flowing nature, which is why Lando Norris, Fernando Alonso and Yuki Tsunoda have all brought new helmets for the race on April 7.

Tsunoda returns to his home GP on the back of a very strong performance in Australia where he qualified eighth and finished seventh to bring some big points home for RB whilst his teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, struggled for speed.

Buoyed by that, he will look to deliver another impressive showing around the Suzuka International Racing Course to continue to improve his credentials to partner Max Verstappen at Red Bull from 2025, if they decide to get rid of Sergio Perez.

But he will also bring a new helmet to celebrate his home race, in a collaboration with a company named Verdy. The predominately red and white lid will celebrate the colours of the Japanese flag and is very reminiscent of the special livery Red Bull intended to use for the cancelled 2021 race.

His latest head protector is decorated with the famous Red Bull logo but also features several cartoon characters in the form of leaves and an animal that’s somewhat similar to how a cat looks. The back of the helmet is decorated with his name in a red font with a large, black 22 representing his driver number.

Yuki Tsunoda

Lando Norris is perhaps the driver on the grid who is most eager for the chance to design new helmets and he wasted no time in doing so for the race in the far east of Asia. McLaren are looking to be competitive once again and the British racer will hope that his latest chosen creation will be spotted on the TV cameras a lot throughout the weekend.

Inspired by Japanese motorsport culture, Norris’ helmet honors drifting. It’s very commonly associated with street racing, especially thanks to the Fast & Furious film series, but it’s actually illegal and can earn a fine of half a million yen and two years’ behind bars.

Norris’ lid features a bright pink design that appears to have lightning striking the top of the helmet, whilst the bottom features a blurry effect of street lights due to the motion and speed of drifting.

White is the second colour and runs from approximately his ear to the front of his face, where his chin would be. Black also features to highlight the Monster Energy sponsor whilst his green LN4 logo takes on a unique look by appearing jagged and the top of the helmet transitions to a lighter shade of pink.

Lando Norris

Then comes Fernando Alonso, who has some relationship reparations to conduct with Honda as the engine supplier will begin a partnership with Aston Martin from 2026. The Spanish driver brutally slammed the power the company produced during his second stint with McLaren from 2015-2017 before Honda quit the sport.

His comments, broadcast on the world feed to much amusement, won’t have done the Japanese car maker much good and so his helmet for this weekend’s race could serve as the start of a peace-offering as much as anything else.

The lid of the 42-year-old will predominately be black and red, but the main artwork is that of Mount Fuji, the dormant volcano that is the tallest point in Japan and is the 35th tallest mountain in the entire world at 12388ft.

Alonso also decorates the helmet with waves to celebrate the nation’s status as an island, although it suffered a devastating tsunami in 2011. Then, in the centre of a red circle on the side, Alonso‘s driver number 14 appears, styled in Japanese kanji writing.

Fernando Alonso

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc will pay tribute to his late friend, Jules Bianchi, by donning a special helmet at the upcoming Japanese Grand Prix. The helmet, a commemoration of Bianchi, who tragically lost his life following an accident in the 2014 Japanese GP, will feature the number 17, Bianchi‘s race number. This gesture not only remembers a beloved figure in motorsport but also marks a decade since the incident.

The Japanese GP holds significant importance for Leclerc, serving as a platform to honor Bianchi‘s memory. The event is not just a race for points but a deeply personal endeavour for Leclerc, intertwining the pursuit of excellence with the remembrance of a friend who left an indelible mark on his life and the world of Formula 1.

Brandon Sutton
Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
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