ITEM OF THE WEEK 2021 Fernando Alonso Signed Race Used P9 Mexico GP Bell HP-77 Alpine F1 Helmet
Bell HP 77 helmet worn by Fernando Alonso during the 2021 Mexican GP while driving for Alpine F1. Alonso would qualify in 16th and then managed to drive his way up to a 9th place finish in the race. The helmet was acquired directly from Alonso shortly after the race and is signed by him, and still has visor tear-offs attached just as it was when last used.
Alonso is best known for his back-to-back World Drivers’ Championships with Renault in 2005 and 2006. He would win seven races in each of those Formula One seasons, for a total of 17 with the team. The Spaniard debuted in F1 in 2001 with Minardi, and would go on to score his first pole in his second race with Renault in 2003, in Malaysia. His first victory would then come in the Hungarian Grand Prix that same year, with his most recent win coming at his home race at Catalunya in 2013 for Scuderia Ferrari.
Alonso also won 11 F1 races while driving for the Ferrari and another 4 with McLaren — for a total of 32 victories, which ranks him sixth all-time. His natural talent and innate ability to adapt with different teams over different time periods continues to this day with the Alpine F1 team. The perfect illustration of this was when Alonso was positioned to win the 2017 Indianapolis 500 in his maiden start, but engine trouble be felled him on Lap 179 of 200. He finished 29th after starting fifth and leading 27 laps in a McLaren-sponsored Andretti Autosport car, both of which were mightily impressive.
The helmet comes with a Certificate Of Authenticity.