The 11 Most Iconic Helmet Designs In Formula One History

Flashy and colourful, these designs did more than protect the wearer

New helmet design for Jean-Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso and France a of the Singapore F1 Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 18, 2014 in Singapore. Image (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

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

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1

Italian driver Elio de Angelis during the 1980 British Grand Prix at the Brands Hatch circuit in England.

1980: Portrait of Lotus Ford driver Elio de Angelis of Italy during the British Grand Prix at the Brands Hatch circuit in England. De Angelis retired from the race with suspension problems. Mandatory Credit: Steve Powell/Allsport

 

2

Whiz kid James Hunt

 

3

Hunt’s main rival Niki Lauda in his F1 Brabham Alfa Romeo during the British Grand Prix in 1978

1978: Champion motor racing driver Niki Lauda of the Parmalat racing team in his F1 Brabham Alfa Romeo during the British Grand Prix at the Brand's Hatch motor-racing circuit in Kent. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

 

4

Clay Regazzoni’s helmet during his funeral in Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano, SWITZERLAND: An helmet reading "Ciao Clay" from a youth member of local driving club is seen 21 December 2006 for Clay Regazzoni's funeral at the Lugano basilica. Swiss racing car driver Clay Regazzoni, who finished second to Emerson Fittipaldi in the 1974 Formula One world drivers' championship, died in a car accident near Parma, Italy on 15 December 2006. The driver 67-year-old, born in Lugano, Switzerland, competed in 132 Grands Prix between 1970 and 1980, and won five Grand Prix and five pole positions. Most of his career was with Ferrari. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

 

5

Chris Amon in 1968. 

Racing driver Chris Amon, 1968. (Photo by Ockinden/Central Press/Getty Images)

 

6

Brazilian Formula One champion Ayrton Senna in 1988

 

Brazilian Formula One champion Ayrton Senna ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/GettyImages)

 

 

7

Rubens Barichello 

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MARCH 07: Rubens Barichello of Brazil, driver of the #8 BMC KV Racing Technolgy Chevy Dallara DW12 poses for a portrait at the Mahaffey Theater on March 6, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

 

8

Michael Schumacher during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in 2012.

 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15: The drivers helmet of Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP is seen during previews to the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park circuit on March 15, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Getty Images)

 

9

Jenson Button’s helmet during Australian Formula One Grand Prix in 2016

 

10

Daniel Ricciardo United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 21: The special edition Evel Knievel inspired helmet that Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing will be sporting during practice for the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 21, 2016 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

 

11

Max Verstappen 

Infiniti Red Bull racing's Belgian-Dutch driver Max Verstappen puts his helmet on during the first practice session at the Monaco street circuit, on May 26, 2016 in Monaco, three days ahead of the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix. / AFP / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Hopefully Verstappen doesn’t mind his position in the list. Its random Max!

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