What the best dressed drivers are wearing: Helmets of 2011

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They can withstand 800C temperatures and if you accidentally park a tank on one they won’t so much as crack.

They also come in a range of pretty colours. See what the drivers of 2011 have done with their helmet designs:

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Helmet, 2011

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Helmet, 2011

Mark Webber

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Helmet, 2011

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Helmet, 2011

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Helmet, 2011

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Helmet, 2011

Jenson Button

Jenson Button, McLaren, Helmet, 2011

Jenson Button, McLaren, Helmet, 2011

Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Helmet, 2011

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Helmet, 2011

Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Helmet, 2011

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Helmet, 2011

Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Helmet, 2011

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Helmet, 2011

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Helmet, 2011

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Helmet, 2011

Nick Heidfeld

Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Helmet, 2011

Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Helmet, 2011

Vitaly Petrov

Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Helmet, 2011

Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Helmet, 2011

Rubens Barrichello

Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Helmet, 2011

Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Helmet, 2011

Pastor Maldonado

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Helmet, 2011

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Helmet, 2011

Adrian Sutil

Adrian Sutil, Force India, Helmet, 2011

Adrian Sutil, Force India, Helmet, 2011

Paul di Resta

Paul di Resta, Force India, Helmet, 2011

Paul di Resta, Force India, Helmet, 2011

Kamui Kobayashi

Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Helmet, 2011

Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Helmet, 2011

Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez, Sauber, Helmet, 2011

Sergio Perez, Sauber, Helmet, 2011

Sebastien Buemi

Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Helmet, 2011

Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Helmet, 2011

Jaime Alguersuari

Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Helmet, 2011

Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Helmet, 2011

Heikki Kovalainen

Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, Helmet, 2011

Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, Helmet, 2011

Jarno Trulli

Jarno Trulli, Lotus, Helmet, 2011

Jarno Trulli, Lotus, Helmet, 2011

Narain Karthikeyan

Narain Karthikeyan, HRT, Helmet, 2011

Narain Karthikeyan, HRT, Helmet, 2011

Vitantono Liuzzi

Vitantonio Liuzzi, HRT, Helmet, 2011

Vitantonio Liuzzi, HRT, Helmet, 2011

Timo Glock

Timo Glock, Virgin, Helmet, 2011

Timo Glock, Virgin, Helmet, 2011

Jerome d’Ambrosio

Jerome d'Ambrosio, Helmet, 2011

Jerome d'Ambrosio, Helmet, 2011

Got a favourite? Vote for which driver’s helmet design you most prefer:

Which F1 helmet design do you like best?

  • Sebastian Vettel (7%)
  • Mark Webber (2%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (13%)
  • Jenson Button (7%)
  • Fernando Alonso (6%)
  • Felipe Massa (4%)
  • Michael Schumacher (8%)
  • Nico Rosberg (3%)
  • Nick Heidfeld (13%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (4%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (3%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (1%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (6%)
  • Sergio Perez (1%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (0%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (2%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (9%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Narain Karthikeyan (0%)
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (5%)
  • Timo Glock (2%)
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio (4%)

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194 comments on What the best dressed drivers are wearing: Helmets of 2011

  1. Fixy (@fixy) said on 2nd April 2011, 12:23

    No need to say that most of them have already changed theirs.

  2. thatscienceguy said on 2nd April 2011, 12:25

    Barrichello and d’Ambrosio have a nice classic uncluttered look. KISS works every time.
    Webber’s is nice for the same reason, but obviously the Red Bull logo detracts from that. Still, the RB logo works much better in the design than the Yellow Pages logo he had when he first started in F1.
    Trulli’s design might be a bit nicer with some different not-retina-burning colours.

  3. SparkyJ23 (@sparkyj23) said on 2nd April 2011, 12:27

    If I can tell your nationality but can’t tell who your team sponser is then your helmet is brilliant.

    Button, Alonso, Petrov, Di Resta, Kobayashi, Trulli,
    Karthikeyan, Glock and d’Ambrosio all pass my test.

    • SparkyJ23 (@sparkyj23) said on 2nd April 2011, 12:29

      Liuzzo gets a demerit for having a helmet thats different colours depending on the side your looking at – did he forget BAR/Honda and their terrible livery?

    • sam3110 said on 2nd April 2011, 12:33

      Surely Di Resta fails as he has an ialian flag on it but racs under the British flag?

    • claudioff said on 2nd April 2011, 16:19

      How many drivers do have a reference of their country in their helmets?
      I came up with the bellow list and if I miss something, please, let me know.

      Sebastian Vettel: None reference
      Mark Webber: has the colours
      Lewis Hamilton: None reference
      Jenson Button: clearly a stylized flag
      Fernando Alonso: Has the spanish flag.
      Felipe Massa: has the colours
      Michael Schumacher: None reference
      Nico Rosberg: None reference
      Nick Heidfeld: A small flag.
      Vitaly Petrov: other stylized flag
      Rubens Barrichello: None
      Pastor Maldonado : a stylized flag
      Adrian Sutil: a tiny black/red/yellow(gold) reference
      Paul di Resta: A scothish with a italian flag? His family name seams to be italian.
      Kamui Kobayashi: None reference
      Sergio Perez: has the colours
      Sebastien Buemi: The top is the swiss flag
      Jaime Alguersuari: None reference
      Heikki Kovalainen: None reference
      Jarno Trulli: has the colours
      Narain Karthikeyan: has the colours
      Vitantonio Liuzzi :None reference
      Timo Glock: Has a torn german flag
      Jerome d’Ambrosio: has the colours

      It seems that more than 50% of the drivers (14 out of 24) are more patriotic than the rest.

      The best helmet design? Schumacher without the Monster add.

  4. djdaveyp85 (@djdaveyp87) said on 2nd April 2011, 12:27

    Nico Rosberg’s helmet is beautiful so I voted for it, love the matt grey.

  5. sam3110 said on 2nd April 2011, 12:31

    I like D’ambrosio’s, Alonso’s, Button’s (the JB has been modernised and it looks much better now) Schumacher’s (it’s iconic, but he needs the fading german flag back on the side) and Kobayashi’s because I think we need more purple in f1!

  6. Witsinfr (@witsinfr) said on 2nd April 2011, 12:31

    Hmm Liuzzi for me – funny how he has port and starboard colours so at least you’ll easily know when he’s looking forward.

  7. butterdori (@butterdori) said on 2nd April 2011, 12:34

    Vettel and Heidfeld for me

    Petrov’s Russian flag inspired helmet looks good too

  8. alexf1man (@alexf1man) said on 2nd April 2011, 12:35

    Still love the DJ on the back of Hamilton’s (along with his surname as a new extra by the looks of it)

    But I also like those of Button, Alonso, Petrov, Barrichello, Maldonado, Di Resta, Kobayashi, Perez, Kovalainen, Trulli and D’Ambrosio.

  9. infy (@infy) said on 2nd April 2011, 12:51

    <3 Alonso's. Great colours.

    After Lewis's comments about him being Senna and now seeing how much alike his helmet is to Senna's, it just infuriates me.

    • It’s just coincidence that his helmet is similar to Senna’s. I think the colours were chosen because they were bright so his dad could spot him easily back in his karting days.

    • Damon said on 2nd April 2011, 14:06

      I feel the same, senna is nowhere near good enough to ever wear the same colours as lewis

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 2nd April 2011, 20:07

      how much alike his helmet is to Senna’s

      Aside from the fact that they’re both predominantly yellow they haven’t got anything in common at all:

      http://formula1eferrari.altervista.org/_altervista_ht/Ayrton_Senna_da_Silva_casco.jpg

      Not the first time it’s occurred to me that some people are rather eager to have a go at Hamilton over the slightest little thing.

      • TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 2nd April 2011, 20:16

        How can you have a go at someone for having a huge passion for Formula One and Ayrton Senna?

        Personally I like to see an F1 driver who has been a fan of the sport and influenced by a driver from the past.

        It’s not even copied from him and even if it was I never heard people saying Jean Alesi thinks he’s Elio De Angelis or others who have had tribute helmets.

      • I always assumed Hamilton’s helmet was yellow as a tribute to Senna, his hero! But it was merely an assumption, I admit.

      • TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 2nd April 2011, 21:16

        Did people use to complain about Jean Alesi saying “That Jean Alesi thinks he’s Elio De Angelis” or did they respect him for paying tribute to one of his heroes?

    • cubejam (@cubejam) said on 2nd April 2011, 20:14

      Agreed. The whole “I’m as brilliant as senna, I’m amazing, I’m the next senna” crap makes me rage.

      • David5 said on 2nd April 2011, 20:24

        @cubejam Maybe if you learn how to read english you would know he didn’t say he was as brilliant as Senna. Lewis has Senna as his hero and WOULD LIKE TO BE like him. There’s nothing wrong having goal in your life. Some people should do so rather than spending 24 hours bashing successful sportmen in internet.

      • TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 2nd April 2011, 20:25

        “I’m as brilliant as senna, I’m amazing, I’m the next senna”

        Yes because Hamilton has certainly said that. Please find that quote for me, I’d love to read that article.

        I don’t see anyone moaning at Vettel for idolising Schumacher or Button for idolising Prost.

        It’s just another ridiculous excuse to dislike Hamilton no matter what he does.

      • Mr.Zing Zang said on 2nd April 2011, 23:53

        Haters gonna hate..

      • Damon said on 5th April 2011, 9:09

        True mate Lewis is a better driver than senna ever was

  10. SennaNmbr1 (@sennanmbr1) said on 2nd April 2011, 12:52

    Petrov. Looks awesome in this year’s car, too.

  11. Dan Thorn (@dan-thorn) said on 2nd April 2011, 12:53

    Do you reckon there would be anyone brave mental enough to actually let a tank drive over their head whilst wearing a helmet? :P

    • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 3rd April 2011, 1:02

      Haha I’ve thought about that before! They should get a mannequin or something just as a demonstration/PR stunt. It would be awesome! They could put a little camera in the helmet to show what it would be like to have your head run over by a tank… :P

  12. Hare (@hare) said on 2nd April 2011, 12:54

    I like Kamui’s and Sutils.. Although Sutil’s one kind of loses impact when you see ‘Capri Sun’ written down the side of it.

    I also like the look of Perez helmet, which looks like he was driving as they were applying the paint.

  13. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 2nd April 2011, 12:59

    I like Heidfeld’s and Rosberg’s. I guess Germans have quite a taste when it comes to helmets.

  14. TMFOX said on 2nd April 2011, 13:01

    Nice to see that Barrichello has more or less stuck with the same design for the last 19 years. Have we ever done a feature on how F1 drivers have changed their designs over the years?

  15. Nigelstash (@nigelstash) said on 2nd April 2011, 13:14

    Heidfeld = Darth Vader. His car was about as quick as the Death Star last week.

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