Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit of the Americas, 2013

Drivers sport special helmets for United States GP

2013 United States Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit of the Americas, 2013

Several drivers have switched helmet designs for the United States Grand Prix weekend.

Among those using a one-off design for this race is Lewis Hamilton, who has changed from his usual yellow design to a red helmet paying tribute to Michael Jackson.

Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean are both wearing American-themed helmets. Meanwhile Mexican duo Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez, who have many supporters from their nearby homeland at the track, have their national colours on their helmets. And Giedo van der Garde has also changed his design for this weekend.

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35 comments on “Drivers sport special helmets for United States GP”

          1. @fer-no65 I agree. I was thinking that a helmet with MJ´s lyrics or song names… everybody knows them.

            But with that picture and the finish doesn´t look like a helmet one of the best paid F1 drivers will use. More like any guy for any bike will have…

          2. @celeste – I think I saw an explanation from either Vettel or Hamiltons helmet designer that they can’t use song lyrics or names because of copyright issues (they would have to pay for using it), and we know from the hunt thing on Kimis helmet, that even Bernie would want them to pay for advertising time if it can be seen on the onboards.

        1. thanks for those pictures, I actually like it (apart from the RB logos covering a big part of it).
          The “wood” and the finishing as if its a colt is a nice touch I think. Shame they couldn’t have those red bull logos even more rust covered :-)

  1. There’s one important rule in design, that seems to be escaping each and every F1 helmet designer: you don’t put faux 3D effects on a real-life, already three-dimensional object. Helmets have so many intricate details in their shape, that they’d look impressive even if they were all in just one color. Having them with so many sparkling, drop-shadow, glow nonsense, makes each and every one of them look like a horrible mess.

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