What they’re wearing
Plenty have been the changes in F1 helmetwear over the past few months – particularly with Lewis Hamilton using his customary Arai to win in Melbourne before switching to a Bell helmet for practice in Malaysia and China. At Ferrari, the bastion of Schuberth since the early Michael Schumacher days, Sebastian Vettel is remaining loyal to Arai – and Schuberth have in turn now switched their team supply to AMG Mercedes Petronas. Anyway, before it gets too complicated, here’s the list as it stood in Malaysia:
Lewis Hamilton (practised only in Sepang and China), Kimi Raikkonen, Romain Grosjean, Pastor Maldonado, Roberto Mehri, Ferrari pit stop crew (probably)
Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg, Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez, AMG Mercedes pit stop crew
Lewis Hamilton (raced in Melbourne, Sepang and China), Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Daniel Ricciardo, Daniil Kyvat, Valtteri Bottas, Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz, Will Stevens
Images: LAT Photographic
Plus Felipe Nasr in a stilo.
Bieffe helmets of late 1990s were the coolest, as worn by Alex Wurz for example. True works of art, both in terms of shape and helmet design.
Current helmets are lacking style but OK, we’ll survive. From the grandstands you can’t actually tell who’s who because they all look like a crazy painting with layers of paint sprayed without any thought, sort of late Picasso gone mad.
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