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Formula 1

Check out all the drivers' new helmet designs for the United States GP

With F1 heading back to the United States for the first time in two years, several of the drivers will run unique helmet designs for this weekend.

Formula 1 heads back to the United States this weekend, the first time since 2019 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With Texas' Circuit of the Americas the venue, some of the drivers have taken the opportunity to roll out some unique helmet designs for the weekend.

The most striking of these is probably Lando Norris' new look. The McLaren driver has gone for a rusted American flag look, with 'USA' emblazoned on the front. Revealing the helmet on Instagram, there doesn't appear to be any greater message behind Norris' design other than it being America-themed.

Daniel Ricciardo has also unveiled a dark black Dale Earnhardt-themed helmet, in honour of the late NASCAR legend. Ricciardo is also set to drive an Earnhardt Chevrolet Monte Carlo for a demonstration run at COTA this weekend, due to a bet he made pre-season with McLaren boss Zak Brown.

George Russell has gone for a muddy brown design, aiming for a 'Texas Sheriff' look with metallic lines and a badge symbol.

"Sheriff GR, reporting for duty," was Russell's social media post as he showed off the design for this weekend.

Fernando Alonso pays tribute

Fernando Alonso is aiming to raise awareness of the volcano eruption which has wreaked ecological and economic damage on La Palma in the Canary Islands.

The eruption in September has forced widespread evacuations as the molten lava has spread from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma.

"Well, I'm Spanish and the Canary Islands are part of Spain, and we have obviously a lot of love for our island there and it's is very well known because a lot of tourists come there," Alonso told select members of the media, including RacingNews365.com.

"So yeah, I will wear the helmet this weekend. Tomorrow I will launch a platform where people can donate some money and the helmet will be also auctioned on the fourth of November to raise more money. So each of us can help for sure."

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