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%)

Total Voters: 490

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2011 F1 helmets – more pictures

Some more angles on the helmets of 2011:

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Images ?? Ferrari spa/Ercole Colombo, Renault/LAT, Williams/LAT, McLaren, Getty Images/Red Bull, Force India F1 Team, Sauber F1 Team, Team Lotus, Virgin Racing, Motioncompany

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

  1. Pink Pirelli said on 3rd April 2011, 0:47

    I like Massa’s the best. Bold colours, and effective use of the design.

  2. Kie said on 3rd April 2011, 1:50

    Fantastic Post Kieth, I’m a graphic Designer myself- though I’ve never designed anything quite like this….

    Button’s is good, Shuey’s not as good as it should be… the winner for me is Maldonado, and Heidfeld’s a close second as it works with the livery…

    Lets face it all the designs are Garish to say the least, such is the format….

    Narain Karthikeyan is the worst, perhaps aptly.. looks like an off the shelf job…

    personally I’d like to see a minimal design, recon it’d have more impact

  3. DVC said on 3rd April 2011, 2:23

    Hamilton has the most votes so far (49). I guess this explains why he is so popular – everyone likes his helmet! ;)

  4. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 3rd April 2011, 4:16

    Quick Nick for me.

  5. Hamilton and Button’s helmets are amongst the most boring; don’t know how anyone can vote for them. I like Heidfeld, Kamui, Alguersuari, Liuzzi, Schumacher.

  6. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 3rd April 2011, 10:20

    I voted for Schumacher’s helmet, but it’s clear that those ugly sponsorship logos ruin helmet design. I miss Raikkonen’s helmet – it was really impressive.

  7. montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 3rd April 2011, 10:54

    For me it was between Heidfeld, Kova and D’Ambrosio. I chose D’Ambrosio-nice combo of colours just looks simple and elegant.

  8. Crispin said on 3rd April 2011, 11:09

    I like
    Petrovs helmet
    Kovalainens helmet
    Liuzzis helmet
    Buemis helmet

  9. Kie said on 3rd April 2011, 11:38

    I just notcied DiRestas has a Italian flag on it, but no Scottish… which reminds me, Coulthards was good

  10. nemo87 (@nemo87) said on 3rd April 2011, 15:26

    just saw young nick hamiltons helmet. identical in design to lewis’ but nicks is blue :)

    so is nicks also a homage to senna or to lewis haha ;)

  11. thanks
    these photos were very helpful, congratulations, and great resolution!

  12. alonsodz said on 3rd April 2011, 16:47

    I like Alonso’s n Button’s :D

  13. JUGNU (@jugnu) said on 3rd April 2011, 16:48

    Voted for Hamilton’s Helmet. Always reminds me of Senna’s Yellow helmet. Also like Schumacher’s red helmet.

  14. Klaas said on 3rd April 2011, 17:28

    1. Vettel
    2. Kobayashi
    3. Kovalainen
    This is my top 3. The ones of Alonso, Hamilton, Massa are nice too but their design is so old that I got sick of them. Anyways the best helmet design I ever seen was Kimi’s when he was driving for Ferrari.

  15. foleyger (@foleyger) said on 3rd April 2011, 19:52

    I went for Webber. Heiki’s is the worst

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