2012 F1 driver helmets in pictures

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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. Mouse_Nightshirt (@mouse_nightshirt) said on 12th March 2012, 15:00

    Trying to admire Vettel’s helmet is like trying to admire Lady Gaga’s look. It changes so often it loses all sense of identity. Just a relief that Vettel is good at what he does (driving) as opposed to Lady Gaga (singing)

  2. AlexF1 said on 12th March 2012, 15:19

    De La Rosa helmet is so 1990

  3. anirudh said on 12th March 2012, 15:34

    Why did Paul di Resta have Italian tricolour on his helmet in the first place?

  4. Journeyer (@journeyer) said on 12th March 2012, 15:48

    Rosberg’s design is starting to look a bit like Ralf Schumacher’s (minus the German tri-colour).

    Nothing much in the way of radical changes to the helmets this year, though.

  5. Alehud42 (@alehud42) said on 12th March 2012, 16:21

    I love the Merc ones, matches the camera on each car.
    I wished Lewis could keep the same helmet from Abu Dhabi last year, that one was amazing.

  6. Darmanos said on 12th March 2012, 17:09

    Bruno Senna’s (and slightly Hamilton’s) —> not a good idea in my opinion…

  7. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 12th March 2012, 18:08

    Raikkonen all the way. But a lot of these helmets look really cool from the front. Grosjean’s look really good in his car.

  8. KateM (@katem) said on 12th March 2012, 18:26

    I’m not keen on the blue that Vettel’s used on his, but it’ll be changed before long! Glock has made changes for the better but Rosberg’s is horrible. As a sentimental so-and-so I do like the designs which are noticeably the same as the driver was using 10 years ago like Button’s, PDLR’s and Webber’s.

  9. Rally Man (@rally-man) said on 12th March 2012, 18:46

    Massa & Button do it for me. Although I’d like to see other profiles of Massa, but side looks really good! I also like Dani Clos helmet.

  10. DragonFly said on 12th March 2012, 19:02

    Here’s Karun Chandhok’s helmet, thought its cool, hence sharing . .

  11. il Leone said on 12th March 2012, 19:45

    So GutiĆ©rrez, Bianchi and Closare taking part in FP1’s?

  12. davidhunter13 (@davidhunter13) said on 12th March 2012, 20:04

    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

  13. sato113 (@sato113) said on 12th March 2012, 20:27

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

  14. Chaz (@chaz) said on 12th March 2012, 20:27

    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.

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