Norris forced to ditch 'offensive' special Belgian GP helmet

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Norris forced to ditch 'offensive' special Belgian GP helmet

McLaren's Lando Norris was forced to lay aside a special helmet livery that paid tribute to his Belgian heritage as the motif was deemed potentially offensive.

Norris, whose mother Cisca is Belgian, had whipped up for this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa a design that featured a picture of his Belgian grand parents, but also a motif that showcased a rampant lion, or the official symbol of the Flemish community.

However, the emblem is also a political symbol used by a nationalist movement in Flanders. The representation coupled with the fact that the Belgian Grand Prix takes place in Wallonia, the French-speaking region of southern Belgium, was viewed as ill-inspired although Norris insisted he had no idea about the negative or offensive connotation.

"I wanted a helmet design this weekend to pay tribute to my Belgian roots and my family, in particular my grandparents whose picture I put on the back," said the McLaren driver.

"I wasn’t aware of the connotations around the use of this particular motif when I designed the helmet but as soon as I was, it was clear that it was inappropriate to continue using it.”

"The helmet was never intended to be a political statement, for me personally it was simply a cool design that paid tribute to part of my heritage," he added.

"However, I never want to cause division or offence and I understand that using the helmet would have offended many people in Belgium. With that in mind, I’ve decided to go back to my standard helmet."

As a reminder, Norris isn't the only driver on the grid who is half-Belgian, with Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll both enjoying a Belgian heritage thanks to their mother.

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Honda protégé and F2 charger Yuki Tsunoda will enjoy mileage behind the wheel of a 2020 AlphaTauri at F1's end-of-season young drivers' test at Abu Dhabi in December.

AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost recently said that the 20-year-old Japanese driver would likely join the Red Bull junior squad "sooner or later", but Tost confirmed on Friday at Spa Tsunoda's test with the team.

"I am not only impressed with his driving in the Formula 2, I was impressed last year in Formula 3 as well and the years before," said Tost.

"He is really high skilled driver and I think he has all the ingredients together to become a successful Formula 1 driver. He for sure will test for us in Abu Dhabi at the Young Drivers’ Test."

Tsunoda finished ninth in last year's FIA Formula 3 championship but has already won in Formula 2 this season with Carlin, clinching the sprint race at Silverstone's second round and collecting two other podium finishes.

And on Friday, Tsunoda secured pole at Spa for Saturday's F2 feature race.

"Whether he will drive for us next year or not, this is being decided by Red Bull," added Tost. "It depends also whether he gets the super licence.

"If he continues like now and he will be within the first three or four drivers in the Formula 2 championship then it shouldn’t be a problem to receive the super licence and the rest then we will see."

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