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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc confirms 'everything fine' with Gilles Villeneuve helmet

The helmet was revealed by Charles Leclerc ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.

Leclerc Villeneuve helmet Canada 2023
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Charles Leclerc has confirmed "everything is fine" after being granted permission to run his Gilles Villeneuve tribute livery at the Canadian Grand Prix.

The design was similar to the one that was run by Villeneuve during his F1 career, featuring a red base colour and black stripes.

However, it is understood the Villeneuve family initially disagreed with the use of Ferrari and sponsorship logos, having not been consulted prior to its reveal on Thursday that Leclerc would be running the special design.

The helmet was created to pay tribute to Canada's Villeneuve, who scored his first victory for Ferrari at the Montreal circuit in 1978. The venue was named in his honour following his death at the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder.

A nice moment

After running the helmet in FP1, Leclerc reverted to his usual design for second practice. But it was confirmed ahead of qualifying through a meeting with the Villeneuve family - minus 1997 World Champion Jacques - that any issues were resolved.

"It was definitely a nice moment," Leclerc told media, including RacingNews365.com when referring to the meeting.

"I wanted to do this tribute in good faith because he is a legend of Formula 1 and Scuderia Ferrari, so it was good to meet them.

"Everything is fine now, it is all good."

F1 2023 Canadian Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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