F1 drivers’ helmets guide 2014

2014 F1 season

More and more drivers seem to change their helmet design after each race, let alone between seasons.

In a change for 2014, each driver has to display the career number each of them has chosen on their helmet so they can be identified more easily.

Here’s what the drivers of 2014 are wearing at the start of the season.

Sebastian Vettel

Where better to start than the driver who has made regular changes of helmet design his calling card? Sebastian Vettel has already sported several different styles since the season began.

Daniel Ricciardo

The new occupant of the second Red Bull tends to stick with the same design.

Lewis Hamilton

The Mercedes drivers had very similar yellow helmets last year bur they’re much easier to tell apart this season. Lewis Hamilton has gone for white…

Nico Rosberg

…while Nico Rosberg has a striking black design.

Fernando Alonso

Classic blue and yellow colours for Fernando Alonso as usual.

Kimi Raikkonen

While Kimi Raikkonen’s red, white and black design is similar to the last one he used at Ferrari in 2009.

Romain Grosjean

As well as this red, white and blue helmet Romain Grosjean also has a white one for the season’s three night races, which appeared for the first time in Bahrain last weekend.

Pastor Maldonado

Familiar colours for Pastor Maldonado but a slight reinterpretation of his design from last year.

Jenson Button

Jenson Button’s helmet incorporates a Papa Smurf graphic in memory of his father who died in January.

Kevin Magnussen

A bold ‘K’ identifies the helmet of new McLaren recruit Kevin Magnussen.

Nico Hulkenberg

Hulkenberg has a classic, simple helmet we he tends to stick to.

Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez likes vivid colours and has now added some Force India orange to go with his bright yellow and green design.

Esteban Gutierrez

Another Mexican driver with a colourful helmet – Esteban Gutierrez has substituted much of the blue on his old style for red and green.

Adrian Sutil

Aside from the darker shade of silver, Adrian Sutil’s has kept his look much the same since switched teams.

Jean-Eric Vergne

Jean-Eric Vergne also uses some slightly different variations on this style.

Daniil Kvyat

The colours of the Russian flag are prominent on Daniil Kvyat’s helmet.

Valtteri Bottas

Both Williams drivers have incorporated the stripes of the team’s new title sponsor. They work well on Valtteri Bottas’s helmet…

Felipe Massa

…but clash somewhat with Felipe Massa’s. Curiously they have orientated their numbers in opposite directions.

Jules Bianchi

Small stickers on Jules Bianchi’s helmet denote his status as a Ferrari development driver.

Max Chilton

There’s no missing Max Chilton’s choice of number.

Kamui Kobayashi

A bold change for Kamui Kobayashi on his return to F1 – his previous design was red, purple and white.

Marcus Ericsson

Marcus Ericsson may have replaced Charles Pic but his blue and yellow helmet is not that dissimilar to his predecessor’s.

Test drivers’ helmets

The helmet designs being used by three of this year’s test drivers.

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75 comments on F1 drivers’ helmets guide 2014

  1. Piero (@collective) said on 11th April 2014, 14:53

    Esteban is actually running with gold instead of yellow in races, but I have seen him use the yellow lid in practice sessions.

  2. Uzair Syed (@ultimateuzair) said on 11th April 2014, 14:54

    My favourites are Rosberg and Perez. Grosjean is up there as well, and Hamilton’s (whose was my favourite last year with the striking yellow) has now got the ugliest helmet design this year. Looks like milk. Go back to your yellow already Lewis! :(

    • Chadley said on 20th May 2014, 18:59

      Hamilton’s is the best in the field. ” it looks like milk ” was that supposed to be funny?

  3. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 11th April 2014, 15:14

    Kimi’s helmet looks the best for me, as it looked the best during his first Ferrari stint.

  4. mantresx (@mantresx) said on 11th April 2014, 15:20

    Why didn’t Mclaren get rid of that cumbersome white band where vodafone used to be, also Ericsson resembles more Gutierrez’s helmet from last year than Pic I think.

  5. Ivan (@wpinrui) said on 11th April 2014, 15:40

    Kobayashi’s helmet does it for me! It could do with more colour but the shapes in the design more than make up for it. I love Perez’s too!

  6. ajokay (@ajokay) said on 11th April 2014, 15:50

    I think my favourite out of all of those is actually Suzie Wolff’s.

  7. Boxcar Racer (@mojopixel) said on 11th April 2014, 16:20

    Since Vettel likes to change his helmet every time he wins a race, what are the chances he will be wearing a helmet with the same design for the rest of the season?

  8. Susie Wolff’s looks a bit like Jackie Stewart’s old design, very nice. I like Felipe Massa’s the best, it looks even better when he’s in the car with the contrast against the white. I really hope Hamilton goes back to yellow, it’s just strange with the white being the predominant colour. Maybe he and Nico had an agreement where neither could wear yellow :) seeing as Nico’s gone for the black design.

  9. HUHHII (@huhhii) said on 11th April 2014, 17:52

    Why does Sutil have a flag of Uruguay painted on his helmet?

  10. Sean Doyle (@spdoyle17) said on 11th April 2014, 18:56

    I like the changes across the board from the drivers, but having to put the number on the helmet is a bit redundant.

    I do pity the Red Bull/Toro Rosso drivers, you’d think the giant logos on the car would be enough! That said, I wonder if Vettel will ever pick a design and stick to it. Maybe when he leaves Red Bull?

    • Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 11th April 2014, 19:10

      Wonder what the penalty is for not having a number on your helmet. Probably more than Maldonado got for flipping Gutierrez over.

      Too true about Red Bull logos – they spoiled Vergne’s tribute to François Cevert last year. And the white band ruins Ericsson’s Swedish colours too – who’s going to cancel the order on a Boeing and switch to Airbus just because it’s on his helmet, anyway?

      But the sponsors’ colours actually add to Bottas’ design, that’s probably my favourite.

    • Chadley said on 20th May 2014, 19:39

      coming from the red bull junior program I think he will always have a piece of red bull with him no matter where he go’s. I think it’s mandatory for him actually. so if he happened to go to ferrari or sauber *whatever* he’d still have red bull logo’s on him or drink from a red bull bottle when he’s sitting in the pits and whatnot.

  11. Love Nico’s helmet! By far! Then, Vettel, Perez, Kobayashi and Ham. Alonso should try something different. Never liked that helmet of his.

  12. I’ve noticed that Fernando has removed the two aces from the back of helmet which denoted his world championship wins. Anyone know why?

    • Chadley said on 20th May 2014, 19:56

      maybe the photo’s were taken just before the season started and the aces are on now. Hamilton had a slightly changed yellow helmet in testing but arrived with all white gear when the season started or maybe the FIA would like pilots to have just the number on the helmet without any extra images. Hamilton doesn’t have a DJ on the back anymore either. I haven’t seen the back of alonso’s helmet at all this year though, personally… just wondering like you.

  13. Corrado (@corrado-dub) said on 11th April 2014, 20:17

    What represent those scoops on Susie’s helmet, video cameras or air scoops ?!

  14. BBT (@bbt) said on 11th April 2014, 20:22

    Great article / Entry. Very useful and informative, I’ve been looking for such a summary, Thanks.

  15. Red and Black, Red and Black, Red and Black, Red and Black, Red and Black, Red and Black, Red and Black, Red and Black, Red and Black….. Nico and Marcus

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