The only home driver on the grid at this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix is sporting a special helmet recognising his compatriots’ achievements in the Olympics and Paralympics.
Nikita Mazepin’s 2021 Russian Grand Prix helmet
Nikita Mazepin has produced a special helmet design for his first home race as a Formula 1 driver.
It features the name of medal-winning athletes from the Russian Olympic Committee who competed in the Olympics and Paralympics which were held earlier this year in Tokyo.
Dozens of their names feature on Mazepin’s white, black and red helmet. continuing the Olympic theme the Haas logo on the front has been picked out in gold and styled to look like a medal.
Like the athletes, Mazepin is forbidden from competing under the Russian flag as a result of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s sanction against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency for breaches of the anti-doping code. Mazepin is listed as a competitor for the Russian Automobile Federation, while the athletes competed under the banner of the Russian Olympic Committee. The ban is due to be lifted at the end of next year.
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