LANDO NORRIS has scored a slam dunk with his helmet design for this weekend’s Miami GP.
Norris has gone for a design which replicates the NBA’s official basketball, supplied to the series by Wilson.
Norris will wear the helmet this weekendCredit: Splash
It’s inspired by the NBACredit: EPA
Norris said: “I saw some people playing basketball one time, and I thought, damn, that’d make for a cool helmet.”
The McLaren ace has made a select number of half-size helmets available to purchase on his website.
He added: “P.S. when it arrives, don’t bounce it on the floor, as it won’t bounce and you will break it.”
Norris is currently sixth in the overall standings, just edging out Grand Prix super star Lewis Hamilton who shockingly finished 13th at the Emilia Romagna GP.
While Norris also surprised Formula 1 fans by getting a podium finish at third, behind Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, second place, and Max Verstappen, first place.
Norris said: “It was an amazing race. The team deserved it from where we were at race one to scoring a podium is incredible.
“It is hard work. A lot of time and effort is being put in and we have been able to capitalise on these conditions, so a mixture of hard work and these conditions and it pays off.”
The youngster, just 22, has recently signed a four-year contract worth up to a staggering £50 million to stay with Mclaren only after less than a year with the team.
Each time he raced he seemed to improve; he finished 15th in Bahrain, seventh in Saudi Arabia, fifth in Australia and now 3rd in Italy.
With this improvement, he believes he can challenge the best such as Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton: “Now it is just about me trying to show everyone the best driver I can be, and that I am good enough to go up against Lewis and Max.
“Every year you learn something new and, like Lewis said, he has come back better than ever.
“But there is more room for improvement for me than there is for him. So the best is still yet to come, to be the complete driver is the aim but I know it’s not an easy thing to do.”
With his sight set on Miami, he will hope to keep the trend going, but it is here he will be racing in the bright orange basketball helmet with Lando written on the back.
A number of half-size helmets have been madeCredit: Splash
But Norris warned they won’t bounceCredit: Zuma Press