2013 F1 driver helmets in pictures

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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.

Sebastian Vettel

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

Mark Webber sticks with his traditional style for 2013.

Fernando Alonso

Familiar pale blue and yellow colours for Fernando Alonso.

Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa’s helmet also sports Ferrari’s new sponsors.

Jenson Button

Button sticks with his very British design.

Sergio Perez

A yellow helmet at McLaren doesn’t mean Lewis Hamilton any more – now it belongs to Sergio Perez.

Kimi Raikkonen

There’s less white on Kimi Raikkonen’s helmet this year…

Romain Grosjean

…and a lot more of it on Romain Grosjean’s.

Nico Rosberg

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…

Lewis Hamilton

…and a yellow one on Hamilton’s.

Nico Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg swaps orange for red on his helmet for 2013.

Esteban Gutierrez

Sauber rookie Esteban Gutierrez sports a distinctive design.

Paul di Resta

Di Resta has tweaked his design for this year, replacing yellow with orange.

Adrian Sutil

A familiar helmet is back at Force India this year.

Pastor Maldonado

Maldonado’s busy design is much the same as last year’s.

Valtteri Bottas

For his first season as an F1 driver Bottas has redesigned his helmet so that it looks like an extension of the Williams livery.

Jean-Eric Vergne

Vergne has three different options already for 2013.

Daniel Ricciardo

The other Toro Rosso driver also has multiple designs, but just two and the differences between them are more subtle.

Charles Pic

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.

Jules Bianchi

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.

Max Chilton

Chilton’s design stands out in the Marussia cockpit.

Compare this year’s helmets with those sported by the drivers last season:

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65 comments on 2013 F1 driver helmets in pictures

  1. I actually really like Gutierrez’s helmet, the yellow reminds me of bumblebee the transformer, which is awesome!

  2. liam (@) said on 28th March 2013, 21:55

    Up close Massa’s reigns supreme in my Opinion, but in the cockpit it looks average..as for Alonso’s helmet up close it looks average, but on board his car I like the blue sticking out of the Ferrari cockpit.

  3. Frost_Byte_94 (@frost_byte_94) said on 28th March 2013, 23:02

    VDG has the best helmet by far – love the matte black. Bottas, Hulkenburg, and both Toro Rosso’s have the most boring designs.
    It’s a shame that so much of the helmet’s designs are taken up by the sponsor’s logo’s, I think it would be far easier to tell drivers apart if these were done away with.
    I play goalie in hockey, and although F1 helmets are cool they will never compare to those seen in the NHL. Some such as Luongo’s, Crawford’s, Hiller’s, Pavelec’s and Price’s are more pieces of art than protective equipment. Granted that they can be seen more closely by the crowd and aren’t moving at 300 kph.

  4. Bottas’ helmet is, in my own view, the best of a bad bunch. To me, the high water mark of F1 helmets was the 1980s. Simple designs and colours. Helmets seem to get more busy every season.

  5. aditya (@agara) said on 29th March 2013, 1:49

    my top 3: Bottas (simple yet effective), Pic (love that subtle image of eiffel), Both Sauber’s
    bottom 3: di Resta, all redbull backed drivers with exception of Vettel :p

    hey @keithcollantine, can you do the same for GP2 drivers this season? :)

  6. juergen (@juergen) said on 29th March 2013, 1:51

    they all look fugly to me.

  7. HiPn0tIc (@hipn0tic) said on 29th March 2013, 9:22

    Vettel’s helmet and Guttierrez are my favourite.
    The RBR driver will change on the China GP for sure. He present’s really good helmet’s but changing all the time, for me it’s like he lacks something, that for example Senna had, Senna’s helmet maybe be one of the most well known helmets in racing world.
    I’m struggling too to sometimes see wich Mercedes driver is it because they look the same driver.

  8. Enigma (@enigma) said on 29th March 2013, 10:15

    Gutierrez’ is very good, even if it doesn’t go with the car too well.

  9. Andrew Myers said on 29th March 2013, 12:22

    I like Gutierrez’s. It’s plain, but eye-catching.

  10. Wessel (@wessel-v1) said on 29th March 2013, 13:01

    Chilton has by far the best looking helmet. So simple and yet so brilliantly striking.

  11. loki_0420 (@loki0420) said on 29th March 2013, 13:17

    Van der Garde, Button and Bottas – in that order.

  12. Gav (@foxtrotoscar21) said on 29th March 2013, 14:58

    Kimi’s is my fave – it was one of my favorites last year and this year i like the simplicity.

  13. Both finns got perfectly simple and simply perfect helmet designs.

  14. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 29th March 2013, 22:09

    On a scale of 1 to 10 (based on the pictures, so not how it looks when in the car):

    VET 7
    WEB 3
    ALO 5
    MAS 4
    BUT 3
    PER 1
    RAI 7
    GRO 6
    ROS 8
    HAM 6
    HUL 6
    GUT 7
    DIR 2
    SUT 7
    MAL 2
    BIT 7
    VER 5
    RIC 5
    PIC 6
    VDG 8
    BIA 4
    CHI 7

    No real super standouts, but a few disasters!

  15. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 31st March 2013, 6:22

    I really like that blue version of Vettel’s helmet, pity he won with it in Malaysia, it’ll be gone forever now! Webber, Massa and Alonso all have destinctive designs which they keep fresh through subtle variations each year. I was a big fan of raikkonen’s helmet last year, so I haven’t really warmed to the 2013 version yet. The same is true of Hamilton’s, sopmething isn’t quite right about it for me, I think the two highest red stripes have to go, it would be a much cleaner desgn without them.

    Of the new boys, I love Bottas and Gutierrez’s designs, they are fantastic! Bottas’ is very simple and clean and for some reason reminds me of Mika Salo’s, not sure why as the colours are all wrong! The Blue and yellow combo on Gutierrez’s helmet just work fantastically together, add that to the fact that the design itself isn’t too fussy and you’ve got a winner.

  16. Lorenzo (@thegamer23) said on 31st March 2013, 10:53

    Gutierrez and Chilton’s helmets are good, very eye-catching.
    Bottas one is simple, but distinctive.
    I also like Vettel’s blue one, but probably he will change it in a race time.

    Worst? Toro Rosso pair.
    Zero personality.

  17. In Malasya and Australia was very hard to difference Rosberg and Hamilton…..the two helmets are similiars, even with the F1fanatic hints, at race there’s just one Mercedes car…lol

  18. grace (@ohgracey) said on 2nd April 2013, 10:21

    Like Kimi’s the best, really don’t like the Red Bulls at all, just doesn’t seem to have much imagination about either of them.

  19. Cristian (@theseeker) said on 11th April 2013, 15:47

    Kimi’s helmet is still the coolest.

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