Ricciardo, Norris explain quirky Miami helmet designs

Henry Valantine
Lando Norris, Daniel Ricciardo helmet designs. Miami May 2022.

Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo's special helmet designs side by side. Miami May 2022.

McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo explained the origins of their special helmet designs from Miami at the weekend.

The pair were among a swathe of drivers to have sported one-off designs for their helmets for Formula 1’s much-anticipated arrival in the Magic City, which saw a sell-out crowd head to the Hard Rock Stadium.

Norris was quite glib about the design he wore, but lauded those responsible for creating it to make it as realistic as possible.

“It’s just a basketball,” Norris stated ahead of the weekend. “I was asked what is the inspiration and I think it’s quite obvious – it’s just a basketball. I kind of knew everyone’s gonna go for palm trees and boring stuff.

“No, I like his one, I actually rate his one. Yeah, it’s probably the best other one. So, I just wanted to do something, I guess very different.

“I mean, it’s not like elegant and wow but it’s just simple and different to what a lot of people go for. So it’s cool.

“The guys did a great job of actually making it look like a basketball. It’s not so simple. And, you know, it’s texture like the basketball as well.

“So it’s cool, so maybe would have suited George more, considering they like bouncing a bit more. So that could have been better. But yeah, I think hopefully mine is just a fast one.”

As for Ricciardo, Norris’ McLaren colleague sported a helmet based around a particular favourite film of his.

“I was born late ‘80s. But I know Ace Ventura Pet Detective, at least was, ‘90s I think the early part of the ‘90s. And it was one of the first movies I loved. And I just pretty much remember the movie off by heart,” he said.


“And just with my friends, cousins, it was just a very kind of, I guess, iconic movie and a big part of our childhood was watching that and quoting it so yeah, obviously that that’s you know, got a lot to do with the Miami Dolphins, that movie, and so we decided to do an Ace Ventura-themed helmet for the race.

“I feel like maybe the two guys next to me [Charles Leclerc and Mick Schumacher] are like ‘Ace Ventura, what was that?’ Have you ever heard of this movie? Yeah? Alright, that’s good.

“So I guess people who know, know, and it’s just something I am very passionate about. Yeah, big fan of Jim Carrey’s movies as well.”

It ended up being a weekend to forget for McLaren on track, with Norris retiring following a crash with Pierre Gasly late on, while Ricciardo could not get into the points – prompting Norris to claim that the team are now behind Alfa Romeo on outright pace.