Our latest countdown is a short series ranking all of the 2018 helmet designs. These are the default designs worn at the Australian GP and as with all these types of articles they are entirely subjective. We would love to hear your thoughts and your ranking down in the comments.
10. Charles Leclerc
The Monaco native has kicked off his career with a beautiful dark lid that is adorned with red and white to match his team and his nation. While the design isn’t memorable yet, that only means it’s not awful. A solid opener for the Ferrari junior, can his driving match?
9. Carlos Sainz
F1’s second most famous Spaniard has gone for an all-black affair this year which really makes it blend with the Renault’s body. Embracing his sponsors Red Bull, as is mandatory, is never easy, but the neat Spanish flag along the top and large yellow 55 make it a recognisable and fashionable lid. The only issue, I think I preferred the yellow option.
8. Kevin Magnussen
The Dane has looked rather impressive on track this season and his helmet certainly matches the image. The timeless red and white of his native Denmark remain as popping today as it did when he debuted back in 2014. The design itself is very angular and almost looks to have the same level aggression as his driving style. This season should spell success for K-Mag. If not he’s got a top 8 in our charts.
7. Lance Stroll
The last time we saw chrome on a Williams driver's helmet was Juan-Pablo Montoya in 2004. While Lance is unlikely to be hitting the heights Montoya did that season, especially given Williams look to be back markers for this season, his helmet is just as nice as his Colombian predecessor. A slate black base with chrome number and the Martini branding circling the top, its a classy affair fit for any driver at the elite level.
6. Sergio Perez
The Mexican has a typical Perez helmet for 2018. The Mexican flag mural on top is staple now on his helmets and the pink BWT design of last year has evolved. Royal blue splashes make it feel more two dimensional than his team mate’s and helps create a fantastic looking helmet which stands out from the pack.
5. Sebastian Vettel
While the German splits opinion from the fans, it is undoubted that his helmet since joining Ferrari is one of the best. The man known for 1000 helmets has remained stable with a white lid and German flag adorning the front top and back. While this year's iteration is not our favourite, it is an improvement on last year and can certainly be called a classic on the field.
4. Lewis Hamilton
Lewis’ Helmet this year is more of a throwback to his 2016 design than last year's fan designed helmet. The three stripes, all candy red, and a pale yellow surround, which have become a tradition for Lewis since 2014. While the design is iconic and on the whole a nice lid, the Christ the redeemer on the back spoils it for us and it isn’t quite as popping as the blue and green on last season.
3. Valtteri Bottas
From one fan design to another. Bottas’ helmet features a pale grey spiral pattern which alone rivals any of the rest of the grid. Factor in the native white and blue of Finland and you have a beautiful Finnish helmet design. For all it’s beauty it is not without fault. The asymmetrical design doesn’t appeal to everyone although one of the sides is likely to suit tastes. While sure. It’s a lovely helmet and enough to contend with the top of the grid, can his performances match this level?
2. Daniel Ricciardo
The Honey Badger has already recorded one win this season and has once again come close. The turquoise on the front is a welcome lighter addition to the matte blue base colour. The honey badger reference on the rear is a personal touch and one that showcases his fun side and personality while the simplicity of the design allows the fine details to be perfect. Top marks for the top Aussie in and around elite motorsport
1. Sergey Sirotkin
The Russian rookie is a controversial addition to the F1 grid but his helmet is far from it. Typical Williams white base with a red and blue patriotic colour scheme that suits the Martini branding perfectly. The block patterns work well and has vague similarities to Susie Wolff's helmet. Whether his on track performances will match his helmet design is yet to be seen but a strong showing nevertheless.
by Matthew Gannon