Twenty-two different helmet designs lined up on the grid for the first race of 2013.
But we all know we’ll see a lot more than that during the course of the season. From Sebastian Vettel. In one race weekend…
Here are all the helmets the drivers had in time for the start of the new season.
No doubt this will be the first of many designs Vettel uses this year. Sure enough, as early as the first practice session in Australia he was sporting a different helmet. Vettel has donned over 50 different helmet designs in the course of his F1 career.
Mark Webber sticks with his traditional style for 2013.
Familiar pale blue and yellow colours for Fernando Alonso.
Felipe Massa’s helmet also sports Ferrari’s new sponsors.
Button sticks with his very British design.
A yellow helmet at McLaren doesn’t mean Lewis Hamilton any more – now it belongs to Sergio Perez.
There’s less white on Kimi Raikkonen’s helmet this year…
…and a lot more of it on Romain Grosjean’s.
Both Mercedes drivers have yellow helmets. One way of telling them apart at a glance is the three-pointed star on the front which has a silver surround on Rosberg’s helmet…
…and a yellow one on Hamilton’s.
Nico Hulkenberg swaps orange for red on his helmet for 2013.
Sauber rookie Esteban Gutierrez sports a distinctive design.
Paul di Resta
Di Resta has tweaked his design for this year, replacing yellow with orange.
A familiar helmet is back at Force India this year.
Maldonado’s busy design is much the same as last year’s.
For his first season as an F1 driver Bottas has redesigned his helmet so that it looks like an extension of the Williams livery.
Vergne has three different options already for 2013.
The other Toro Rosso driver also has multiple designs, but just two and the differences between them are more subtle.
Pic’s initials were red on the helmet he used at Marussia last year, having switched to Caterham they’re now yellow.
Giedo van der Garde
A striking monochrome design for van der Garde. However in Malaysia he used a different version with a tiger design.
Luiz Razia was originally earmarked for the remaining seat at Marussia alongside Max Chilton. Marussia even had his helmet liveried up and ready to go. But after his sponsorship failed to materialise the seat went to Jules Bianchi.
Chilton’s design stands out in the Marussia cockpit.
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