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Verstappen's new helmet in Barcelona a tribute to fans

Verstappen’s new helmet in Barcelona a tribute to fans

Verstappen's new helmet in Barcelona a tribute to fans

Max Verstappen revealed a new helmet design which he will debut at the upcoming 2024 Spanish Grand Prix, as Formula 1 returns to Europe.

Aside from new helmet designs, the Spanish GP will be a pivotal one for Red Bull Racing and Verstappen, as it will be their first chance to evaluate their RB20, and whether their recent challenges, that started in Miami and continued Imola, Monaco and Canada, are simply due to unique features of these last few tracks.

The Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya is the best track to test a Formula 1 car’s performance and the RB20 is expected to be fast there, but then, so are McLaren and Ferrari, with Mercedes’ Canadian GP performance yet to be verified.

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Looking ahead to this weekend’s Spanish GP, Verstappen said in Red Bull’s race preview: “We are back to the European races for a while now and I have been with the Team at the factory this week preparing for the Spanish Grand Prix, being the first race of a busy triple header.

“Barcelona will be the first race where I will be debuting my new orange helmet. As a tribute to my fans and all of their support, they are actually featured on helmet and I think the final design looks really cool and detailed.

“I have great memories from the circuit, especially winning my first Formula 1 race there,” Verstappen added, recalling his famous maiden F1 win in 2016 on his debut with Red Bull.

“It has a good mix of high and low-speed corners and we have historically driven well there so hopefully we can maximise the performance of the car this weekend.

“We are aiming to keep the momentum going from Canada, so we are looking forward to racing this weekend and hopefully have some good weather!” the Dutchman concluded.

Sergio Perez needs to deliver in Barcelona

Perez, in the other Red Bull, needs to bounce back from two disastrous weekends in Monaco and Canada where he got eliminated in qualifying from Q1 and also retired without scoring any points.

The Mexican needs to prove he is worthy of the two-year contract extension Red Bull handed him, and he knows that, he said: “Coming into Spain I know I need a successful weekend, after a disaster in Canada.

“Sometimes you are forced to reset a little and we have done that since the last race. I have been in Milton Keynes working with the Team to try and identify where and what we can do better to ensure I am getting the most out of this car. I am confident in the car and the performance we can execute from it, but I need to show that on track better in Barcelona.

“I always enjoy the Spanish GP, it feels a lot like home and everyone makes me feel so welcome. It’s a circuit I know very well and the RB20 should be quick around this type of track, so it’s down to us to get things right and bring home the result we know we are capable of,” Perez concluded.

Red Bull still lead the 2024 F1 Constructors’ Championship by 49 points from Ferrari, while Verstappen leads Charles Leclerc by 56 points in the Drivers’ Standings. Perez is down in fifth.