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Style Guide - Chinese GP

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A style rundown from Pit Lane - from special livery to helmets to race suits and fashion from every race weekend.

With the 2024 Chinese GP underway, Pit Lane and FanAmp want you to switch the red lights to green because we're lights out and away we go into the world of F1 drivers' special helmets for the Chinese Grand Prix!

Formula 1 is returning to China! The 2024 Chinese Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on April 21 at the Shanghai International Circuit. This event marks the return of the Chinese Grand Prix for the first time since 2019, following a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The race will be the fifth round of the 2024 Formula One World Championship and will feature the first Sprint race format of the season. 

Here are the four special helmets we’ll see at the Chinese GP 2024

In celebration of the highly anticipated return of Formula 1 to China, several drivers have decided to mark the occasion with custom helmet designs that are already catching our eye.

Here's a look at the unique helmets that will grace the circuit:

George Russell: Tribute to Tradition

George Russell's helmet is a celebration of traditional Chinese art, adorned in iconic red and featuring his racing number and name styled in Chinese characters. This design pays dual homage — to the year of the dragon, reflecting the current year, and the year of the tiger, marking Russell's birth year. This helmet, created by MDM Designs, perfectly marries tradition with personal significance.

Valtteri Bottas: Embracing the Dragon

Valtteri Bottas's helmet, designed by Tiffany Cromwell, also celebrates the year of the dragon. This stunning design has quickly become a fan favorite, celebrated as one of Bottas's best. 

Alex Albon: A Nod to Nature and Nostalgia

Alex Albon chose a playful and creative theme, inspired by the beloved animal panda. His helmet, also designed by MDM Designs, adds a touch of whimsy to the grid, celebrating one of China's most cherished symbols.

This could easily be the cutest helmet Albon ever wore.

Zhou Guanyu: A Metro Map on the Move

Zhou Guanyu takes a unique approach by featuring the Shanghai metro system on his helmet, integrating city landmarks into the design. This choice highlights his heritage and the modern landscape of his home city, making it a standout piece at the Grand Prix.

Seeing metro lines on an F1 helmet was certainly not on our 2024 Bingo card, but we are loving it!  

What do you think? Do you like the special helmets we will see at this year's Chinese Grand Prix and do you already have your favorite one? Come join us over at the FanAmp app to discuss your favorites and connect with other Formula 1 fans. Share your views, connect with other fans, and maybe even start a trend with your top picks. Join the conversation now and let’s build up the excitement for this year’s Chinese Grand Prix together.

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