Dani Clos helmet, HRT, 2012

2012 F1 driver helmets in pictures

F1 picturesPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

The class of 2012 have revealed their helmet designs for the year ahead.

Here are pictures of the helmet designs being used by the F1 drivers of 2012:

Sebastian Vettel

If you like Sebastian Vettel’s latest helmet design it’s probably best not to get too attached to it. He changes them as often as he changes his socks.

Mark Webber

Like several of the other drivers, Mark Webber’s helmet design is little-changed from the one he used last year.

Jenson Button

Lewis Hamilton

Fernando Alonso

Felipe Massa

Michael Schumacher

Nico Rosberg

Rosberg has eased back on the grey in favour of a more striking yellow design for his 2012 crash helmet.

Kimi Raikkonen

A striking black-and-white design for F1 returnee Kimi Raikkonen.

Romain Grosjean

Another new face on the grid is Romain Grosjean, who sports a helmet design that complements Lotus’s black and gold.

Paul di Resta

Di Resta has removed the Italian flag tricolour from the helmet design he used at the start of last season.

Nico Hulkenberg

Kamui Kobayashi

Sergio Perez

Perez has swapped orange and green for yellow and white in his 2012 lid, with a prominent Mexican flag on the top.

Daniel Ricciardo

Jean-Eric Vergne

Pastor Maldonado

Maldonado has swapped the white portions of his 2011 helmet for sparkling silver.

Bruno Senna

The Satander logos are a late addition to Senna’s helmet, which of course is modelled on that of his uncle Ayrton Senna.

Heikki Kovalainen

Vitaly Petrov

Narain Karthikeyan

Pedro de la Rosa

Timo Glock

A more colourful design for Glock in 2012, trading black for blue in places.

Charles Pic

Reserve drivers

Here are the helmet designs being used by some of the reserve drivers this year:

The pictures above will take you into the main gallery, where you can see more angles of many of the helmets.

Here are last year’s helmet designs for comparison.

Which is your favourite of the 2012 drivers’ helmet designs? Have your say in the comments.

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115 comments on “2012 F1 driver helmets in pictures”

  1. So Gutiérrez, Bianchi and Closare taking part in FP1’s?

    1. Clos are*

    2. Bianchi and Clos are, not sure about Gutierrez, some others will too such as Rossi:

      Alexander Rossi to get F1 running as Caterham test driver

  2. Must say I prefer the drivers who keep it simple. A helmet should be easily recognisable from a distance, having complex details crammed in just makes it look like someone spewed on it…. I love Kobayashi’s especially and Schumi’s, Rosbergs, Hamilton’s, Senna’s and Hulkenburg’s are all nice and distinguishable. The rest are just a plethora of poor design in my opinion :p

    1. I actually meant Raikkonen’s one I especially liked, But I don’t mind Kobayashi’s either!

  3. so much for webber saying he’s gonna make his helmet more aussie themed this year!
    i like hulks, raikonnen’s and vettels

    1. Can’t you see the faded Aussie flags in the blue paint on the front of his helmet? Hope he does a bit more though.

      1. he’s always had that though.

  4. This is great absolutely great and thank you. I have a further request. Please can this be put onto one of the drop downs on the menu bar at the top of the page to make for quick and easy reference especially during a grand prix. Also include a drop down for drivers and teams twitter accounts and drivers and teams facebook accounts for quick and easy reference and contact (i.e. perhaps create a social media drop down)? Thanks.

  5. Hulls is rather like Jody Scheckter’s.

  6. Hulks that is

  7. My favourites:

    1. Massa
    2. Button
    3. Raikkonen
    4. Rosberg

  8. I guess me and Vettel have something in common, apparently we change socks every 2 weeks and sometimes I even change socks every week just like Vettel.

  9. Love Kovalainen and Massa Helmet !!!

  10. Wow, we’re gonna have lots of fun telling Vergne and Ricciardo apart this season…

    1. It’s not that difficult. I don’t see why they had to put that stupid sliver falcon bank advert on the top of their helmets, but even so It’s really not that bad.

  11. The two Torro Rosso helmets are similar. Not making life easy for Ricciardo fans! :P

  12. Mark Webber’s helmet looks awsome!! Definately the best!

    Schumacher’s is classic Ferrari. Probably wished he never left the Scuderia.

  13. (In no particular order) Vitaly, Seb, Michael, Heikki, Kimi, Timo, Kamui, and Checo ;)

  14. I have to admit, I think a lot of the helmets are quite bland this year. Most of the new ones do nothing for me; Vergne’s is just another Red Bull design, and Pic’s is just a variant on Button’s design.

    I’d have to say that Petrov’s helmet is me favourite. He’s one of the few that don’t resort to corporate colours, like the Red Bull helmets or the black and gold of Grosjean’s (which would be good if it weren’t a corporate helmet). Second place goes to Sergio Perez because I like the bright yellow and Aztec designs. And third is Dani Clos, because it’s a little bit different to everything else.

    I still want to see someone wearing a pink helmet, though. I would if I were a racing driver.

  15. bluepoolshark
    13th March 2012, 9:32

    Most of these helmets are terrible. Kovalainen, Raikkonen & Button’s are just about ok. Why can’t these guys have exciting designs like most of the motocycle racers, how cool would it look if somebody had the eyes that Nakano used to have look staring out at you!

  16. Top 3 in my opinion
    Bottom 3
    1.de la Rosa

  17. Good: Alonso, Massa, Raikkonen, Grosjean, Hulkenberg, Kovalainen, Petrov, Gutierrez.
    Medium: Webber, Hamilton, Button, Schumacher, di Resta, Kobayashi, Perez, Ricciardo, Vergne, Senna, de la Rosa, Glock, Clos.
    Bad: Vettel, Maldonado, Karthikeyan, Pic, Bianchi.

  18. First row: Massa, Senna (cool upgrade of Ayrton’s theme).
    Second: Alonso, Webber
    last: Perez, Di Resta

    otherwise, i like when drivers in one team have designs different enough to recognise them from 40 metres. this season it’ll be worse at STR and FI.

  19. Bad-ass, every one of them.
    And to think I can’t afford even one.

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