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Why Does Max Verstappen Have a Lion On His F1 Helmet?
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The three-time world champion, Max Verstappen, is known for his rage and speed on the track. Each of his helmet collections specifies a unique meaning to it. One among them is the one with a lion and the Dutchman takes inspiration from his Dutch flag.

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The lion Helmet of the Dutchman

Max Verstappen, the three-time world champion’s helmet design, portrays his style on the track and respect for his Dutch roots. 

Why Does Max Verstappen Have a Lion On His F1 Helmet?
Credits: Max Verstappen’s X (Twitter)

Although the crash helmet’s design is mostly based on his original helmet design, certain color improvements have given it a Dutch look. It is still mostly white in shade and has red and blue highlights on either side that come up in the center, symbolizing the Dutch Flag.

Although they are extremely bold and visible, the two huge Red Bull symbols on either side fit the flag idea and overall design well.

In an interview with the Talking Red Bull podcast, the team principal Christian Horner says, People became to love that, and he became hugely popular towards the end of his career. Max is a completely different character. He wears his heart on his sleeve and he has a lion painted on the top of his helmet for a reason. He drives like a lion.

Despite getting mixed reviews, Max Verstappen’s helmet represents him as a race driver and honoring his country.

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Fiza is a writer at The Sports Orbit, focusing on F1 coverage. She is currently pursuing her master's in broadcasting journalism and has a profound love for motorsports. She finds F1 to be the most engaging among others due to its adrenaline rush. She got interested in the sport after watching an F1 race with her brother and uncle, and she's been hooked ever since. Her favorite team is Mercedes and she is a fan of Lewis Hamilton. Besides her dedication to F1, she enjoys activities like reading, practicing her calligraphy skills, and experimenting with cooking.