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The world championship contenders have brought special helmets for this weekend’s race at Interlagos.

Lewis Hamilton’s 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix helmet

Lewis Hamilton has often brought special helmet designs for Brazil’s round of the world championship. He won his first world championship at the Interlagos circuit in a memorable race in 2008.

He has also been a fan of great Brazilian racer and Sao Paulo native Ayrton Senna since he was young. Hamilton described Senna as “my greatest inspiration” in a social media post ahead of the race weekend.

“It was the way he raced, his passion for life and for the sport,” said Hamilton. “But more than anything it was the way he faced alone a system that wasn’t always kind to him. May Ayrton Senna’s legacy live on forever, especially vibrant this weekend.”

Max Verstappen’s 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix helmet

Max Verstappen's 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix helmet Max Verstappen’s 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix helmet

Max Verstappen, who won the last Formula 1 race at Interlagos in 2019, and nearly won the race the year before, is also wearing a special design to show his appreciation for the country.

“It’s a tribute to the passion for F1 in Brazil and I hope you all like it as much as I like racing here,” he said.

Verstappen’s father Jos made his grand prix debut at the track in 1994.

Max Verstappen's 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix helmet

Max Verstappen’s 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix helmet

Max Verstappen's 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix helmet

Max Verstappen’s 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix helmet

Max Verstappen's 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix helmet

Max Verstappen’s 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix helmet

Valtteri Bottas’ 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix helmet

Valtteri Bottas' 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix helmet Valtteri Bottas’ 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix helmet

Valtteri Bottas also has an appropriate new look on his helmet for a country known for its coffee production. “First I drink the coffee then I do the things,” reads the message on the reverse of the espresso enthusiast’s latest lid.

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