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Daniel Ricciardo Makes Kobe Bryant Tribute with His Helmet

Renault’s F1 racer Daniel Ricciardo paid tribute to the late Kobe Bryant on his race helmet during the opening day of Formula One’s preseason. Ricciardo stood on the grid on an F1 promo video in the early morning with a plain purple lid, however, he had additions made in-between the hours and on his first laps in the Renault after lunch. The purple cover had “Mamba Mentality” written on the top in yellow, also with a snake drawn on the front. Additionally, it carries “KB 24” and “KB 8” on either side of the screen in yellow, mixed with the purple to make the colours of Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers.

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo Pays Tribute to Kobe

The NBA legend Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash on the 26th of January, 2020. He was killed along with his daughter Gianna and seven additional people.  He was 41 when he passed. Ricciardo resides in L.A. and has before attended NBA games in the city. The Aussie driver, a confessed enthusiast of all things in the U.S., said his motive for moving to L.A. in 2018 was that the city resounded with him. His all-purple cover is temporary for testing. Ricciardo is also expected to unveil his new design ahead of his home race. The season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 15. Aston Martin has put on hold a strategic entry into the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and also Le Mans 24 Hours with its Valkyrie hypercar. The British sportscar creator said that this was due to projected rule changes, although Le Mans suggested the firm’s business situation played a part.

“This decision means Aston Martin Valkyrie Hyper Car will not be making its WEC entrance at Silverstone in August 2020 or even compete in the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans,” the business said in a statement.

“Aston Martin will pause as it reflects on whether to continue in any upcoming prototype class.”

Aston Martin Racing will go on to compete in the lower tier of sportscar racing with its Vantage GTE.

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