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Formula 1 helmets 2013: Hamilton causes helmet confusion

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I There is a risk of confusion in the 2013 Formula 1 season. The reason for this is the move from Lewis Hamilton to Mercedes. At first glance, the Brit's helmet design hardly differs from the head protection of his new teammate Nico Rosberg. It won't be easy for TV viewers to tell the difference between the two pilots.

When Michael Schumacher was still sitting in the second Silver Arrow with his bright red helmet, the whole thing was much easier. The start number, which is affixed to the nose and the rear wing, hardly helps with the usual frontal perspectives of the TV recordings. The best way to distinguish the two Mercedes drivers is therefore the color of the camera on the airbox.

Helmet confusion at Mercedes, Lotus and Toro Rosso

It used to be Pilot with the lower start number - Rosberg gets the '9' - with a red onboard camera on the road. This year, however, the regulations were changed: the case simply remains in the original color, i.e. black. At Lewis Hamilton, like all cars with the higher starting number (10), the camera is painted neon yellow. Since Schumi has always claimed the lower number in the last few years despite the poorer placement in the drivers' standings, the fans first have to get used to Rosberg with the new camera color.

Mercedes is not the only racing team at which can lead to mix-ups. The helmets of the two Lotus pilots Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean are also very similar from the front. At Toro Rosso there is also a threat of confusion: Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo like things colorful. Here, too, only a look at the camera helps.

At Red Bull, elimination proceedings help

With Identification is traditionally not easy for Sebastian Vettel. The three-time world champion is known to change his design more often than his underwear. On the four days of testing, the Heppenheimer came back with two different variants. Fortunately, team-mate Mark Webber is a little more consistent there. This is how the elimination process helps best in the race: Everything that is not yellow has to be Vettel.

In our photo gallery, we not only show you all the current helmet designs but also the official driver portraits of the 2013 Formula 1 class.

Correction: This article used to say that the pilot with the lower starting number is on the road with a red camera. The regulationshowever, it was changed before this season. We apologize for the mistake.


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