The 2018 Formula 1 world championship season is fast approaching, with testing set to get underway on Monday in Barcelona and drivers are using Twitter to reveal their helmets ahead of the new season.
Fernando Alonso revealed a vastly different helmet to the one he wore last year. Last year he drove with a black helmet with red, yellow an blue stripes during his Indy 500 foray and earlier this year had a similar helmet in white for his Daytona 24 Hours endurance debut.
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) February 21, 2018
Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo also revealed slightly modified designs:
Here it is, my helmet for the 2018 season! We’ve kept quite a few personal elements from the helmets I have used throughout my career. I hope you guys like it as much as I do! #season2018 #VforVerstappen pic.twitter.com/rMOQjLccot
— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) February 14, 2018
Real beauty for Melbourne next month 🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/imMJWo3xSh
— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) February 14, 2018
Valtteri Bottas tasked his fans to design his helmet for 2018 and of over the 1,500 entries submitted, he said, “I really like the colours and it is quite different to any other suggestions for the design. What I really liked about it is that it is different from left to right with the colours and it looks fast. That is always important.”
“It is not symmetrical and I hadn’t seen that very much before with other helmet designs. It is a new season and I wanted a new helmet, so hopefully, I will carry this kind of helmet for the rest of my career.”
So here it is! My new helmet design for 2018! How do you like it? 😉
— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) February 21, 2018
Haas driver Romain Grosjean revealed his 2018 lid which features a design very similar to what he used last year:
— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) February 16, 2018
When the Swiss team unveiled the Alfa Romeo backed C37, their drivers Marcus Ericcson and Charles Leclerq revealed their respective 2018 helmet designs.