Photo: Daniel Ricciardo’s special helmet for Monza inspired by Valentino Rossi

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Daniel Ricciardo is sporting a special helmet livery for the Italian GP inspired by MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi

Daniel Ricciardo’s helmet for the Monza race mirrors the iconic design that Rossi used at Mugello in 2008, where he won ahead of Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa. Rossi retired from MotoGP racing at the end of the 2021 campaign, having competed in the category for over 20 years. Last year at Monza, Ricciardo led a 1-2 finish for McLaren, which remains his latest win in F1.

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Ricciardo revealed his special helmet on Twitter. “It is race day in Monza. I’ve been saving this one for race day, I’ve got a bit of a tribute helmet for an Italian motorsport legend, the one and only Valentino Rossi”, said the McLaren driver. He further added, “You may recall he wore a version of this helmet in Mugello, I think it was 2008. I don’t know if I’m as beautiful as Valentino, but it’s definitely a fun one.”

Fans react to Ricciardo’s special helmet livery on Twitter

Let us take a look at what fans feel about Ricciardo’s special helmet inspired by Valentino Rossi.

“is that going to be his F1 retirement celebration helmet in Abu Dhabi as well?”, trolled a fan.

“Sadly Rossi is always clear of Danny Ric”, wrote another fan.

“People so salty in these comments jeez! He’s such a shining happy personality we don’t need your negative vibes here!”, tweeted another fan, taking a stand for Ricciardo against the trolls.

“This was always my fave Rossi helmet!”, read another tweet.

“This is fantastic! Great way to pay homage but still have that Daniel flair!”, wrote another fan.

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