Two-time cham­pion Fer­nando Alonso dis­cusses his hel­met de­sign, which is part pa­tri­o­tism and partly the legacy of a child­hood gift

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I’ve kept my hel­met de­sign largely the same over the years, ever since I started out rac­ing in karts. The key fea­tures that have re­mained as part of its de­sign are pa­tri­otic, with the colour of the Span­ish flag rep­re­sented in red and yel­low stripes around the middle. Turquoise is the main colour of the As­turian flag, As­turias be­ing the re­gion of Spain I come from, and I also carry its yel­low cross on the back of my hel­met.

On top of the hel­met are two sil­ver-coloured, thun­der­bolt-shaped ar­rows. I took these from a re­mote-con­trol car, which was a Christ­mas present from the Three Wise Men when I was a kid. Well, with hind­sight I think it must have come from my mum!

I liked those ar­rows so much that I put them on my hel­met when I started rac­ing in karts – and I’ve kept them on there ever since.

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