2021 World Champion Max Verstappen revealed his new helmet design for 2022, saying it comes with some championship bits.
Verstappen won the world championship having had the season of his life in 2021. The world championship was one thing, but the way he did it was the hallmark of a champion and a seasoned veteran.
The Dutchman took victory in 10 races and secured multiple pole positions and fastest laps. He also led more laps than the rest of the grid combined, and was a deserving champion through and through.
With 2022 set to see him defend his title for the first time, Verstappen revealed his new helmet design for 2022, and explained to the fans the various cosmetic tweaks he approved of.
“As you can see, it features a bit more gold,” the Red Bull driver said, as quoted by crash.net.
“The lion (on top) is now fully in gold and of course I now have the number one, on the back spoiler.
“I decided not really to change the design a lot, but change the colours a little bit. So it’s not basically fully gold everywhere. I also asked for a little star on the back, for my championship win.
“With all the small upgrades and the gold, I think my 2022 helmet looks cooler!”
F1 rules dictate that the defending champion has the choice to race with their number or use the Number 1. Verstappen insisted that he would use the latter, saying he may not get the chance again.
“Yeah, I will run it,” he said.
“How many times can you do that? I don’t know, maybe it’s the only time I can in my life.
“I think it’s the best number out there. I will definitely put it on the car.”