Russell explained he previously used Montoya’s helmet design when he began racing. “When I first started karting I copied the helmet of my brother when he was karting before. And it was inspired, his helmet design, from Montoya. So I decided it would be pretty cool.
“It was Montoya from when he was at Williams as well. I only found out about eight years ago that the helmet design I used when I started karting was inspired from Montoya when he was at Williams.
“As Montoya’s a bit of a Williams legend, he’s one of my favourite F1 drivers of all time – just his sort of character, the way he approached the racing, everything, he was a driver who you would enjoy watching. So I thought it would be something nice to go half-half this weekend.”
“I’ve met him once,” Russell added, “that was last year. Hopefully he likes it.”
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