Helmets have come a mighty long way in Formula 1 racing.
Lewis Hamilton recently held a competition on Instagram to see who could come up with his F1 helmet design for this year.
The winner was Raí Caldato from Brazil who produced a helmet full of colour and life.
The sport has a history of special protective wear, and loaded has found a few others from the past, and present that might bring back a memory or two.
Here it is. The winning helmet design, a creation by Raí Caldato – @caldatodesign from Brazil. Raí evolves my layout by adding new stripe elements on the sides. As a tribute to my hero, Ayrton Senna the helmet features the colours of Brazil – green, yellow and blue. These are accompanied with the 3 stars that represent my Championship wins. There's yellow throughout that reminds me of my helmets in the past. The candy apple red balances with the yellow very well. Raí, I look forward to meeting you in person to present you with your prize! Thank you all for entering this competition, I'm taken back by your creativity. 🙌🏽 #LH44Design #TeamLH #Blessed @mercedesamgf1 @bellhelmetseurope #bellhelmetseurope T&C’s: http://lewis.social/TCs
Italian driver Elio de Angelis during the 1980 British Grand Prix at the Brands Hatch circuit in England.
Whiz kid James Hunt
Hunt’s main rival Niki Lauda in his F1 Brabham Alfa Romeo during the British Grand Prix in 1978
Clay Regazzoni’s helmet during his funeral in Lugano, Switzerland
Chris Amon in 1968.
Brazilian Formula One champion Ayrton Senna in 1988
Michael Schumacher during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in 2012.
Jenson Button’s helmet during Australian Formula One Grand Prix in 2016
Daniel Ricciardo United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas
Hopefully Verstappen doesn’t mind his position in the list. Its random Max!
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.