Romain Grosjean is wearing a Nicky Hayden helmet at the Austin F1 GP

French racer pays helmet tribute to former MotoGP champion.

The pressure of racing for an American F1 race team at a US-based round is probably hard enough.

Couple that with the fact that the HAAS F1 team isn’t anywhere close to being at the front of the grid but that the audience in Texas expect nothing but the best, and the weight of a nation’s expectations must be mighty heavy.

Now triple it by wearing a wonderful Nicky Hayden tribute as your racing helmet at the Circuit Of The Americas race track.

In Formula One, each driver has the option – once a year – to change the style and design of their helmet, and for one round only. For this year, the HAAS F1 driver has chosen to dedicate his design to the former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden who passed away this year after a tragic accident and it couldn’t be more poignant.

It’s probably a mark of the man that the death of the Kentucky Kid has provoked such reaction amongst his four-wheeled peers.



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    rosemary mccay

    October 22, 2017 at 19:39

    Thank you Romain. Never forgotten – ride on Kentucky Kid.

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    George Porra Rautenbach

    October 22, 2017 at 19:46

    Respect !!!

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    October 23, 2017 at 07:45

    Maximum. It’s such a great thing

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