Photo Feature: Vettel’s special 2013 helmet designs and what they signify 13 November, 2013 A different helmet for every race is becoming something of a trademark for Formula 1’s recently crowned quadruple World champion Sebastian Vettel and it all done for a good cause, namely: the Red Bull backed Wings for Life charity. More info here>>> Here are the helmets he has used in 2013 and a brief explanation of the significance of the the designs. Australian Grand Prix (Practice) & Bahrain Grand Prix- Out of this world Vettel paid tribute to Felix Baumgartner’s incredible Red Bull Stratos jump by replicating his helmet for the Australian Grand Prix. Australian Grand Prix (Race) & Malaysian Grand Prix – Blue is the colour A closer look at this helmet shows masses of shades of blue all melting into one another and on the top – which is Seb’s personal space – is a holographic pattern. Chinese Grand Prix – Lucky numbers This design features numbers 10, 11 and 12 – as in the 2010, ’11 and ’12 championships won by Vettel. Red is also significant as it’s lucky in China. Monaco Grand Prix – Pin up girl The top of the helmet commemorates Stirling Moss’ commanding victory in the Principality in 1961 but most people missed that because of the sixties pin up girl whose thermo lacquer bathing suit disappears when the helmet heats up. British Grand Prix – Team work With the Red Bull Racing factory located a stones throw away from Silverstone, Sebastian put tiny pictures of all 550 team employees on his helmet. The Vettel logo alone is made up of a mosaique of 100 pictures. German Grand Prix – Black, Red and Gold This design incorporates the colours of the German flag for Sebastian’s home grand prix. The combination of highly sparkling glimmer lacquer and matte black, makes for a striking contrast. Singapore Grand Prix – Glitter ball Last year’s LED helmet was a tough act to follow but Seb stayed on track with this helmet covered in glitter flakes. These flakes were applied with a special technique to ensure a sparkling effect. Japanese Grand Prix – Land of the rising sun Suzuka is one of Sebastian’s favourite tracks so the Japanese GP always gets special treatment. This year’s model features Japanese characters, cherry blossoms, pagodas, bonsai trees and origami planes with the sun rising out of silver and blue on top of the lid. Indian Grand Prix – Man in black Sebastian’s helmet for India was inspired by the colour of carbon fibre, one of F1’s “key ingredients”. The dark exterior and hologram effects are more restrained than the ones used in Singapore and Japan but just as effective. Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Four is Golden Gilded with 24 karat gold, Vettel’s Abu Dhabi helmet had four stars on the side and IV on top, to celebrate his four World Championships. Tweet Related NewsRicciardo: Vettel has been very respectful to meRed Bull marginalise Vettel ahead of his departureVettel slams completely stupid engine rulesHorner: It’s just between Lewis and Nico nowVettel looks set to start race from pitlane in AustinMateschitz optimistic about life after VettelMateschitz made no attempt to stop Vettel from leavingRicciardo: I hope not to rely on Vettel’s helpMarko predicts Alonso is heading back to McLarenRed Bull deny Vettel is demoted to number two allen chandler Real neat . Thks 4 explsining the helmets. burnout nice article, but you got it slightly wrong. the blue helmet was used at the australian gp, and the stratos helmet at the bahrain gp. guy who likes this i like this Bain Incredible helmets for an incredible driver on an incredible team. I look forward to many more.