With a flurry of 2018 Formula 1 cars slowly being revealed, it’s only now that we are starting to see how the halo safety device will affect the cars’ looks, and possibly our enjoyment.
As I watched the Red Bull go around Silverstone, I noticed how very little I could see of the driver and subsequently the driver’s helmet and colours. Which is a shame, and ironic that so many drivers are releasing new designs only for them to be hidden.
Growing up with the sport, I used to love recognising a driver’s colours and, being from the Top Gear art department, I’m still a big fan of helmet designs (if they are done well).So it got me thinking about the best helmet designs over the years, because surely, for now, that enjoyment has gone. Do you agree with my list?
1. Ayrton Senna: bold, simple the most iconic of them all?
2. Gilles Villeneuve: at the time, extremely modern and quirky
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3. James Hunt: does what it says on the tin. Just like Hunt
Graham Hill: simple, and based on the London Rowing Club colours
Francois Cevert: can’t go wrong with bold stripes
Elio de Angelis: angular and confident
Mario Andretti: one main colour, one stripe. Done
Jenson Button: his original helmet made the Union Jack work well
Alain Prost: very Eighties in its approach and design
10. Stefan Bellof: solid black with the Belgium flag as stripes. Just drips coolness
Mind, while compiling this list I realised there aren’t many modern day drivers’ helmets in there. Maybe the halo isn’t so bad after all…
Source : https://www.topgear.com/car-news/motorsport/why-halo-will-impede-our-enjoyment-formula-1