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Formula 1 helmet design: the crazy helmets of Sao Paulo

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D he helmet is the driver's figurehead. Gone are the days when you could recognize every pilot by their design at first glance. Nowadays, design artists compete for the craziest helmet creations. In order to attract attention it takes more than just glitter and chrome effects.

For the big season finale in Brazil, the helmet designers have once again worked hard. Six drivers presented special versions of the head protection look. At Sebastian Vettel, Felipe Massa, Kamui Kobayashi, Tonio Liuzzi, Lewis Hamilton and Rubens Barrichello, fans have to take a very close look this weekend.

The craziest idea came from the helmet designer of Hispania pilot Vitantonio Liuzzi. He supplied the Italian with a helmet that comes almost entirely in black. The highlight: the color with which the carbon shell was coated develops the same properties as a school blackboard after drying. Luizzi was able to determine the look himself with chalk paint on Thursday.

Vettel with samba dancer on helmet

Sebastian Vettel is also worth a closer look Look. The Heppenheimer, who regularly has his helmets changed, drives in Brazil with the silhouette of a samba dancer on the lid. You can see a scantily clad woman in green on a dark background. As you can see in our picture gallery, designer Jens Munser has cleverly incorporated two stars with the numbers 2010 and 2011 - the years of his two world championships.

Felipe Massa's headgear also has one special meaning. The Brazilian had 100 Ferrari horses painted on the top of the shiny chrome helmet - one for each of his races for the Scuderia. Instead of green, the anniversary helmet is painted in the basic color gold.

Kobayashi helmet will be auctioned

No trained designers were at work at Kamui Kobayashi. Together with the rock band Linkin Park, the Japanese agreed on an aggressive look. The helmet will only be used once. After the race in Brazil, it will be auctioned for the benefit of Japan Aid.

Lewis Hamilton's helmet is also retiring after its use in Sao Paulo. Together with the Ayrton Senna Foundation, the McLaren driver adjusted his helmet again. On the top is now a Brazilian flagsee, the stripes have been changed on the back and there is now a green padding on the inside.

Three Senna helmets in Sao Paulo

Rubens Barrichello also wants his new helmet reminiscent of the Brazilian racing legend. Usually the veteran wears red and blue head protection. In Sao Paulo, Barrichello is also starting in the unusual senna look. Together with Ayrton's nephew Bruno, there are now three Senna helmets in the field.

All new helmet models are available in the photo gallery.

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