Romain Grosjean has unveiled his new helmet design for the 2015 Formula 1 season after running in a neutral carbon fibre lid for the first test in Jerez.
The Frenchman enters his fourth full season in F1 this year, having joined Lotus for the beginning of 2012. He had previously completed seven races for Renault in 2009 before returning to GP2 and winning the title in 2011.
Via Instragram and Facebook, Grosjean unveiled his new design for the 2015 season, and it’s certainly one of the best-looking on the grid.
“Here it is!” he wrote. “I’m so proud to introduce you my 2015 helmet! I hope you enjoy its design and that we will pick big results together.”
“My plan for 2015 is to do my best for myself and the team,” Grosjean said. “Of course, we want to be on the podium as much as we can and we want to score points. As long as you do your best, then you can be happy with what you’ve achieved.
“The team knows what I like and what I don’t like. I know how they work as well. Things are far smoother than the first few years.”
After a woeful 2014 campaign with the troublesome E22 car, Grosjean’s first impression of the new E23 Hybrid was a good one in testing earlier this week.
However, we will have to wait until Melbourne to see if having the coolest lid correlates with outright pace in 2015.
Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.
The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.
“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.
“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.
“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”
The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.
Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.
Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.
McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.