Tribute to his dad, the story of Clément Novalak’s helmet design

Having moved to Formula 2 with MP Motorsport for the last two rounds of last season, Clément Novalak has remained with the Dutch team for 2022.

We went behind the visor with the Frenchman, who explained all about standing out from the crowd, remembering his father who inspired his love of racing and how he has big ideas to shake up the design more late in the season.

“When I started I was one of the white-helmeted thugs – that’s most pilots at the very beginning. I kept a white helmet for a year or two before I got one. one painted in. It was just a random ready-made helmet.

“I started using my design now in junior karting, or something similar anyway. There is an element of Kimi Räikkönen, as you can probably see. Blue is my favorite color and I think works well with orange.

“Orange was a way my dad saw me when I was driving on the track. It’s quite flashy and stands out. That’s why we originally chose those colors and I’ve stuck with them ever since.

“There’s a diamond effect on the orange, which looks pretty cool. Then I have my name on top in graffiti, which I first did in karting. I kept the same font.

“The scintillating effect has also existed since karting. It’s currently not as flashy as I would like, so I’ll try to make it stand out even more.

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“My father passed away in 2017 and in 2018 I added his birthday to the Roman numeral helmet. My father is the person who got me into racing, that’s where my passion came from and I wanted to remember him on my helmet.

“I would love to try some special limited edition helmets over the course of the year, maybe for night racing with glow in the dark paint.

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“The original design was done by Oli Oakes and JMD and painted by Bell, so a big thank you to all.”

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